Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship for PhD Students

Our Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship supports highly motivated PhD students to work on impact-focused research with faculty mentors and research teams across the university, and community and policy partners beyond the university. Fellows benefit from this collaborative research environment, as well as weekly training and mentoring with our Stanford Impact Labs team, guest speakers, and other fellows.

  • Meet the 2022 Summer Fellows here.
  • Read more about last year's fellowship, research projects, and cohort here.
  • Review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here.

Overview: The purpose of the fellowship program is to support the intellectual and skill development of graduate students working 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 partnership-based, impact-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. 

Fellows participate in weekly sessions led by Stanford Impact Labs to provide skills-training around engaged scholarship. Topics include: 

  • Foundations of partnership and impact-focused research
  • Project management
  • Understanding the social problem and solutions landscape
  • Partnership and co-creation
  • Engaging policymakers
  • Communicating with non-academic audiences
  • Pathways and careers within and beyond academia

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

Please reach out to Karina Kloos: with any questions.