Call for Applications: 2022 Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship for PhD Students

Our Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship gives outstanding doctoral students the opportunity to work on impact-focused research with existing research teams across the university. PhD fellows benefit from collaborative research, as well as weekly training and mentoring with our team, guest speakers, and other fellows.

  • Read more about last year's fellowship, research projects, and cohort here.
  • Review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here.


Call for Applications: Stanford Impact Labs is leading its annual Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship. We are inviting co-applications from PhD students alongside a faculty mentor, due March 28.

Overview: The purpose of the fellowship program is to support the intellectual and skill development of graduate students who will work on a public impact focused research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Through the program, graduate students are invited to engage in the full scope of the social scientific process through collaborative research that leads to the development of new research, publications and policy or programmatic recommendations, while also being offered skills-training for problem-focused research. Our hope is that this opportunity will support graduate fellows to strengthen their own research community, and contribute to the growing community of scholars who are motivated and prepared to use research that yields solutions to challenging social problems. 

The Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship is intended to support PhD students to work on a well-defined research project with that addresses a social problem. Research projects should have the potential to lead to new policy or programmatic insights, and a strategy for how those insights will be integrated to help make progress. Fellows will work under the mentorship of a faculty member as part of a team of scholars working in a collaborative research environmentallowing them to engage in the full scope of the scientific research process, including academic publication.

Fellows participate in weekly sessions led by Stanford Impact Labs to provide skills-training around engaged scholarship. Topics include understanding the problem and solutions landscape; effectively working in partnership; engaging policymakers; communicating to external audiences; and navigating impact-focused career pathways within and beyond academia. This opportunity is also intended to strengthen fellows’ interdisciplinary research community, and contribute to the growing community of scholars who are motivated and prepared to drive research that yields solutions to challenging social problems.

Schedule: Fellowship sessions will be held throughout summer quarter from 12-2pm on June 23, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19 and Aug 9. Fellows will be organized into small groups that will also meet weekly. Sessions will be offered in-person outdoors, via Zoom or hybrid, depending on the evolving situation and preferences of the selected cohort.

Funding: The program includes a $4,000 supplemental fellowship stipend.

To Apply: If you are interested, please complete this short application, due March 28. Decisions will be communicated by mid-April. Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Relevance of the research project in addressing a compelling social problem; applicants are encouraged to be working in, or towards partnership with practitioners (e.g. community organization, nonprofit, public sector office) as part of their research and process
  • Potential value-add to the doctoral student, including the collaborative research and mentoring environment in which she/he/they will be situated
  • Clarity of scope of work and potential benefits to the research team and project outcomes

All interested faculty are encouraged to join the Stanford Impact Labs Affiliate Network. More information is available here

Please reach out to Karina Kloos: with any questions.