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Stanford’s DARE fellowship prepares doctoral students for academic careers

DARE Fellows Greses Pérez, Eduardo Valle, Matthew Clarke, and Melissa Mesinas
Image credit: Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Jan 31 2022
Faculty, Stanford, Students, VPGE

Today’s highly competitive faculty job market can be challenging to navigate for aspiring academics, particularly those from underrepresented communities. But one Stanford fellowship program is guiding doctoral students through that process and helping them land faculty jobs at colleges and universities across the nation and abroad.

The Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence Doctoral Fellowship Program, or DARE, is for advanced Stanford PhD students who are interested in exploring and preparing for faculty careers. In addition to funding, DARE provides mentorship, courses, workshops and visits to local colleges and universities. Many fellows are the first in their families to attend college, are from underrepresented backgrounds or bring diversity to their field and academia in a multitude of ways. All fellows benefit from the support and guidance the program provides

DARE was launched in 2008 as a pilot program by VPGE. Since the inception of DARE, 280 students have been named fellows.

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