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Stanford Graduate Summer Institute

About SGSI

SGSI offers immersive, interdisciplinary, accelerated week-long courses for graduate students (at no cost) two weeks before Autumn Quarter begins. Participants are invited to explore new subjects, experiment with new ideas, and expand their networks among Stanford's diverse graduate community. Courses are not-for-credit and can include some combination of full- and/or half-day sessions. 

Since its inception in 2006, over 3,000 graduate students and postdocs have shared in this unique Stanford opportunity.

The SGSI 2019 Application will open in April 2019.


For questions, please contact

When is SGSI?

SGSI takes place two weeks before Autumn quarter begins, so you can immerse yourself in these learning experiences without your usual academic-year pressures. Most courses will begin Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, but specific course schedules vary.

SGSI courses are highly interactive and project-based, so you must be able to fully commit to attending the entire course. Be sure to check the schedules of the courses that interest you!

In extreme cases, a course may be cancelled. If you are enrolled in or have a pending application in the cancelled course, you will be notified immediately and offered a spot in other courses where possible.

For international graduate students: SGSI is NOT a part of the Summer academic session. To participate in SGSI, you do NOT need to request a date of entry to the US earlier than the 30 days already allotted to you prior to the start of your graduate program.

VPGE and SGSI instructors will make every effort to accommodate participants missing part of SGSI to observe religious holidays. If you anticipate that need, please email so that we can communicate directly with you outside of the application system.

SGSI is an optional opportunity for Stanford graduate students (who are enrolled in a degree program the Autumn Quarter after a given year's SGSI) and postdoctoral scholars, where eligible. Note that participating in SGSI may require an earlier move-in date than you were anticipating, thus resulting in additional housing costs. Any additional housing costs are not covered by SGSI. Please contact Stanford Student Housing for any housing-related questions you may have.

Who can apply?

Courses are open to all current and incoming Stanford graduate students enrolled in a degree program in Autumn 2018. Target audiences or restrictions are indicated on the course descriptions. For example, Energy@Stanford&SLAC is designed for incoming graduate students, while Jumpstart Your Academic Job Search is designed for late-stage doctoral students and postdocs. Postdoctoral scholars will be invited to apply for specific courses in mid-June on a "space-available" basis.

How do I select which courses to apply to? Are there any prerequisites?

Select up to two courses to apply to that best match your interests and schedule. If admitted, you will only be able to take one course each SGSI. SGSI courses are designed to appeal to a broad, multi-disciplinary group of students and thus have no explicit prerequisites.

Do the courses offer credit or have any fees?

SGSI courses are free (except Stanford Ignite) and do not offer grades or credit. Courses will not show up on your transcript, though you may want to list them on your resume or curriculum vitae as a professional or educational experience.

How do I apply?

The SGSI application requires a Stanford University Network ID (SUNet ID) and password to begin your application. (If you are an incoming student, please visit to set up your SUNet ID.) All SGSI correspondence will be sent to your Stanford email account; please make sure to check it accordingly. 

Read the course descriptions and click on the Apply button to begin the brief application. You will be asked to select your 1st and 2nd choices and to briefly describe your interest in each course.

What is the deadline?

Course faculty will begin reviewing applications and selecting students immediately after the May 6 Priority Deadline. Upon notification, you will be asked to confirm your participation in one course by submitting a Student Participation Fee Agreement, which authorizes VPGE to charge $100 to your Stanford bill – only if you do not fully participate in the program. If you do not respond in a timely manner, your space may be given to another student.

Following the Priority Deadline, courses will be filled on a rolling basis as space allows. Courses that have been closed will be identified on the course description page.

For any additional questions, please email