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PhD Admissions

Important Dates

E-IPER welcomes applications for Fall matriculation only. The online application is now open, and the application deadline for Autumn 2017 matriculation is 11:59pm PST on November 29, 2016. Applicants invited for interviews will be asked to visit Stanford February 6-7, 2017. Offers are typically extended in late February.

Online Information Sessions

We have developed online information sessions (offered in the Summer and Fall 2016) to help prospective applicants get detailed information about the admission process and program details. Find the list of scheduled information sessions here


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 candidates will be able to demonstrate coursework, experience or research in multiple disciplines including (but not limited to) physical, biological and social sciences. Further, the admissions committee would hope 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 can consult the Graduate Admissions website to determine eligibility for applying to a graduate program at Stanford.


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 Graduate Research Fellowships, EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships, the Department of Energy (as federal agencies, these opportunities are limited to US citizens and permanent residents), and other opportunities for which they might be eligible.