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SCID Graduate Student Fellowship Program

The Stanford Center for International Development is pleased to announce a request for proposals for SCID’s graduate student research grant program in international economic development. The program aims to support faculty-supervised doctoral student research activities, giving priority to field-based work on economic development in middle- and low-income countries. Students working on projects without a field-based component but otherwise related to international economic development, including historical work, may also apply. 

The research grant program aims to support research activities that are conceptualized and led by students rather than supporting students working on traditional faculty-led projects. Nonetheless, it is expected that 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. 

Applications are being considered during the fall and spring quarters, with awards made for the subsequent quarter. Submission deadlines are:

  • October 24, 2016     
  • April 17, 2017

There are two tiers of awards: exploratory awards (up to $7K) and full awards (up to $25K). Detailed budgets justifying funds requested must accompany applications, and emphasis will be placed on ‘value for money.’ Awards will prioritize projects requesting coverage of direct research costs (travel, field expenses, data acquisition, etc.). 

Although there is no fixed number, it is envisioned that approximately 6-12 awards total will be made each year. 

Awards will be announced within one month of the application deadline and funds awarded will have to be spent within 12 months of the award. Funds will not be disbursed until grantees have obtained IRB approval for their research project (if applicable). 

Graduate student fellows are also expected to present their work (at whatever stage) at an annual fellow’s workshop (likely to be held each spring).

View eligibility and budget information

To apply, graduate students should submit an online application, including a two-page project description, a detailed budget and budget justification, and a CV. Faculty advisor letters of nomination (one required for exploratory awards and two for full awards) can be attached to the online application or delivered to Irina Lechtchinskaia at or to 366 Galvez Street, Rm 310A, Stanford, CA 94305.