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Stanford doctoral fellowships ease transition to academic careers for students from diverse backgrounds

photo of Marlette Jackson, standing and smiling near archways
Image credit: L.A. Cicero
Jul 13 2018
Fellow, Stanford, Students, VPGE

Marlette Jackson, who recently earned a doctorate in political science at Stanford, said she is grateful for the constellation of mentors – faculty, students and staff – who encouraged the first-generation college student to reach for the stars.

The article highlights Marlette's experiences with the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship (EDGE), the DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship Program, as well as VPGE's Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund (DIF).

“EDGE, along with our Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence Doctoral Fellowship (DARE), are two of our most innovative programs that support graduate students to become mentors and leaders in their chosen fields,” said Patricia J. Gumport, vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, and a professor of education.

“Our aim is for their impact to be transformational across academic generations, so that higher education becomes truly diverse, inclusive and equitable.”

Marlette Jackson is a 2012 EDGE-SBE Fellow, EDGE Mentor, and 2016 DARE Fellow.

The Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellowship Program supports the recruitment and academic success of outstanding doctoral students who have the potential to enhance the diversity - broadly defined - of their academic disciplines and fields.

The DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship Program awards two-year fellowships to advanced doctoral students who want to investigate and prepare for academic careers and whose presence will help diversify the professoriate.

DIF supports Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the development of a project that will advance diversity within those populations.

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