Graduate Student Research Funding at the Stanford King Center on Global Development supports faculty-supervised Stanford doctoral student research activities, particularly field-based work on global poverty and economic development in middle- and low-income countries.
Stanford students working on projects without a field-based component but otherwise topically relevant, including historical work, may also apply.
Research activities must be conceptualized and led by students, but in some cases student research activities may build on faculty projects.
All research supported by this program is expected to be part of a doctoral dissertation.
Research focused on China is eligible for funding support by the King Center's China Program.
Applications are considered during the fall and spring quarters. Application deadlines for the 2019-20 academic year are:
● Sunday, October 27, 2019
● Wednesday, April 22, 2020
There are two tiers of awards: exploratory awards (up to $7,000) and full awards (up to $25,000). Detailed budgets justifying funds requested must accompany applications, and emphasis will be placed on “value for money.” Partial awards may be made.
Faculty advisor letters of nomination (one letter for exploratory awards and two letters for full awards) are requested by students within the application and a link is instantly sent to the faculty member who can then submit the letter via SOLO. Faculty may submit letters of recommendation at any time after receiving the link and do NOT have to wait for the student to submit the application.
Letters of recommendation have the same due dates as the application and must also be submitted as PDF files.
Awards will prioritize projects requesting coverage of direct research costs (travel, field expenses, data acquisition, etc.).
Approximately 8 to 12 awards are expected to be made each year and will be dispersed, if award conditions (listed below) are met, in two equal increments.
Awards will be announced within one month of the application deadline and funds awarded must to be spent within 12 months of the award. If the project involves human subjects, no funds will be disbursed until awardees obtain IRB approval.
To receive the first 50% of the award funds:
- Submission of a 100-word abstract of the proposed research, a short bio and photograph of the recipient to be used on the center website and to inform donors.
To receive the final 50% of the award funds:
- Submission of an updated budget that provides details regarding how the funds were spent, accompanied by supporting documentation, e.g., receipts, invoices, travel documents, etc., using the budget template (see attached).
- Submission of a brief research report and several digital photographs highlighting the research and/or travel, which may be shared with donors. This final report should be five pages maximum, written in non-technical language, and should include:
- The research topic
- A summary of the research
- The stage of the research and any findings
- How the award enhanced or supported the research
- Next steps including anything that may be of interest to the donor(s)
- The recipient's future academic and/or professional career plans
- Field photos (if possible)
Additional Award Conditions:
- In the recipient's dissertation, as well as any resulting publications, the award recipient agrees to acknowledge that the research was supported by the Stanford King Center on Global Development’s Graduate Student Research Funding.
- Funding recipients may be invited to present their work at a workshop or seminar organized by the Stanford King Center on Global Development .
Stanford doctoral students in any discipline who are making satisfactory academic progress and are writing a PhD dissertation.
Award recipients must be registered students during the quarter they receive funding.
Prior applicants may reapply for funding for different projects or may resubmit improved versions of earlier submissions.
Requests must be for expenses that are not covered through other sources of funding from external or university sources.
Applicants may simultaneously apply for other sources of funding but may not accept multiple sources of funding for the same expenses.
Submit the application linked to this page which includes:
- A two-page project description: Upload one PDF file that provides a cogent summary of the proposed research written in a manner clear to non-specialists. The selection committee is composed of a range of scholars and may not include specialists in the applicant's field. Project summaries must not exceed two pages. They should be single spaced, use conventional margins, and be in 11 point font or larger.
- A detailed budget and budget justification (see details below; PDF files only). You must use the budget template (see below).
- Faculty advisor letters of nomination (one letter for exploratory awards and two letters for full awards) are requested by students within the application and a link is instantly sent to the faculty member who can then submit the letter via SOLO. Faculty may submit letters of recommendation at any time after receiving the link and do NOT have to wait for the student to submit the application. Out of courtesy to the letter writer, please do not wait to add their name until you are ready to submit your application; add their name as soon as you know you will be applying and have requested a letter from them. Letters of recommendation have the same due dates as the application and must also be submitted as PDF files. For this round, letter(s) of recommendation is/are also due April 22, 2020.
- A CV
- Please note: All file uploads must be submitted as a PDF file.
Budget and Budget Justification (1 page):
Upload one PDF file, and use a format similar to the sample budget provided in the "Additional Resources" in the right-hand box section.
The budget justification should include:
- An itemized budget of all research-related expenses.
- A list of anticipated sources of funding. Indicate which items would be supported by these funds and which are covered by other sources.
The following expense categories WILL be considered appropriate for these funds:
- travel costs (either domestic or international) associated with the proposed research
- other special project costs such as purchase of datasets, production of questionnaires and surveys, or human subject costs
- data entry or transcription costs
- other activities directly related to the research
The following expense categories will NOT be considered appropriate for these funds:
- payments to undergraduates
- equipment purchase(s)
- travel costs for dependents and spouses
- travel costs for job interviews
- travel costs to attend or present at professional conferences
- dissertation write-up grants
- health insurance
- course registration
- Stanford tuition
- language training
All funds will be dispersed as Stipend Funding via the Graduate Financial Support (GFS) system. Stipend Funding is taxable income, although no tax forms are generated by the university.
International students may have taxes deducted before funds are released. An international student's budget may take the taxes on Stipend Funding into account, but the total request may not exceed $7,000 for exploratory awards or $25,000 for full awards. Please note that proposals, particularly for full awards, may be partially funded.