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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability Dean’s Graduate Scholars Award

Be part of our diversity and inclusion vision

As part of advancing Stanford University’s IDEAL vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined), the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability has established the Dean’s Graduate Scholars program. This award supports outstanding incoming graduate students who have demonstrated leadership and commitment in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and show the potential to continue their engagement in DEI service at Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. The Dean’s Graduate Scholars receive tuition, salary, and research support. They are also part of a cohort that engages in professional development activities and annual Dean's lunches.  

Dean’s Graduate Scholars program

The program includes:

  • Salary and tuition support for the first year of graduate studies at Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.
  • Professional development activities with a cohort of Dean’s Graduate Scholars during the first two years of graduate studies.
  • Participation in annual lunch with the Dean during the first two years of graduate studies.
  • Up to $3,000 for professional development, research needs, and attending professional and/or DEI-related conferences or DEI leadership opportunities to be used within the first five years in graduate school. Examples of how this funding can be used: computing needs, workshops, and conferences such as AGU, GSA, SACNAS, AISES, Out in STEM, National Association of Black Geoscientists, Association for Women in Science, etc. 

How to Apply 

Nominations are submitted by Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability graduate programs by early March 2022. Prospective students must apply to one of Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability’s graduate programs by the department/program deadline to be eligible for nomination. Deadlines and application information for each of our graduate degree programs may be found here:

Earth System Science

Energy Science & Engineering

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

Geological Sciences


Applicants are nominated based on academic qualifications and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the Earth sciences or in the STEM field as demonstrated through service/leadership or through research and academic or personal experience. 

Applicants should use the “diversity statement” that is part of the graduate school application to illustrate how their research and/or service/leadership experience and/or personal background contributes to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the Earth sciences or in academia in general. They may be contacted by the DEI director to expand upon the diversity statement. Scholars will be selected by departments/programs as part of the admission process.


Departments and programs will notify prospective students about admissions decisions by the end of winter quarter or early spring quarter 2022. If a student receives admission to a Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability graduate program and is also selected as a Dean’s Graduate Scholar, they will be contacted by the DEI office to let them know that they have received this award. Candidates will be evaluated based on academic excellence and their potential to support the School’s commitment to diversity, as well as a faculty mentor’s ability to support the candidate’s research goals and to advance an inclusive working environment in the School.

2021-2022 Dean's Graduate Scholars

  • Alejandro Schmieder (ESS)
  • Belinda Saint-Louis (GP)
  • Claudette Proctor (ESS)
  • Farrah Harris (GP)
  • Javier Peralta (GP)
  • Jayson Toweh (EIPER)
  • Monica Vidaurri (GS)
  • Omar Rosales-Cortez (GS)
  • Sergio Sanchez Lopez (EIPER)

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability graduate programs

Learn more about our graduate departments, programs, and student life here.

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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability deeply appreciates the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and defines diversity broadly to include (among other things) diversity of genders, races and ethnicities, cultures, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities, veteran status, and work and life experiences. Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability welcomes all who would bring diversity of perspective to the School's research and teaching missions. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and consistent with its obligations under the law prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable law.  

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