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PhD Admissions

Important Dates

E-IPER welcomes applications for Fall matriculation only. The online application will be open soon.  

The application deadline for Autumn 2018 matriculation is 11:59pm PST on November 28, 2017. Applicants invited for interviews will be asked to visit Stanford in February, 2018. Offers are typically extended in late February.

Online Information Sessions

We have developed online information sessions (offered in late Summer and Fall 2017) to help prospective applicants get detailed information about the admissions process and program details. The schedule of information sessions will be posted by the end of May. 

Preparation

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or completed an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Please see the minimum international education requirements

Though E-IPER has no course prerequisites for application purposes, it is expected that students will enter the PhD program with foundational quantitative skills. These skills can certainly be obtained through E-IPER coursework as long as students understand that this may extend the length of their program. Additionally, the strongest applicants will be able to demonstrate coursework, professional and/or other research experience in multiple disciplines including (but not limited to) physical, biological and social sciences. Further, the admissions committee would expect to see some coursework or practical experience in the applicant's areas of proposed research. Read through the Degree Requirements for more information. International applicants should consult the Graduate Admissions website to determine eligibility for applying to a graduate program at Stanford.

Funding

Regardless of their citizenship or financial circumstances, all admitted E-IPER PhD students are guaranteed up to five years of funding, compiled from a variety of sources including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, gifts, and endowed funds. PhD applicants are also encouraged to investigate outside funding opportunities, such as the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Energy graduate research fellowships (these opportunities from federal agencies are limited to US citizens and permanent residents), and other fellowships and grants for which they might be eligible.