Graduate Student Grants

The Stanford Global Studies Division (SGS) provides the following grants to support research abroad, language training, or other activities for students enrolled in SGS master's programs:

Global Perspectives Awards

These grants are made possible by the generous support of Mr. Dapeng Zhu and  Ms. Xiao LiuThe Global Perspectives Fund awards up to $4,000 to SGS M.A. students to support research abroad, language training, presenting original papers at academic conferences, and other activities that focus on addressing global and international concerns. Funding is subject to change (including cancellation) in compliance with evolving university policy around COVID-19.

Read testimonials from past grant recipients.

Eligibility:

Currently enrolled and incoming students in the following SGS master's programs:

  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Guidelines:

  • Activities must occur and funding must be used during the indicated grant period (Winter break/quarter, Spring break/quarter, or Summer quarter).
  • Students must be enrolled in courses and/or considered matriculated by the Registrar's Office during the grant period.
  • Awards are not intended for internships. However, applications for research-specific internships will be considered.
  • Applications to present original papers at an appropriate conference will be considered.
  • The funds are designed primarily for students who have not received financial support from other sources for their projects.
  • Students traveling abroad should review the Student Travel Checklist on Stanford's International Affairs website.
  • Awardees are asked to submit a short report with images after their trip.
  • Awards are up to $4,000.

IMPORTANT: Fully vaccinated graduate students are permitted to travel domestically and internationally. Unvaccinated persons who wish to travel internationally must first receive a travel exception from the university. Such permission is unlikely to be granted for unvaccinated international travelers. Regardless of vaccination status, individuals will be required to comply with campus access restrictions and testing requirements following personal or university-sponsored international travel, and may not return to unrestricted campus access until they submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken at least 5 days after returning to California. (New travel return policies take effect Nov.27; details can be found here.)

Required application materials:

Please include:

  • A one-page description of the proposed activity that includes a rationale for how it supplements the student’s research.
  • A detailed budget outlining expected costs and funding sources.
  • Enrolled students must provide the name of one Stanford faculty member to serve as a reference.

Complete the application

Deadline: 

Applications for winter break/quarter are due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on November 22, 2021.

Applications for spring break/quarter are due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on January 31, 2022.

Applications for summer quarter are due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on April 4, 2022.

Contact:

Questions? Please email Kristyn Hara at krishara@stanford.edu