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PhD Admissions

If you submitted your E-IPER PhD application by the stated deadline, it is under review.  The admissions committee is meeting on January 22nd and notifications will come out regarding virtual site visit invitations the week of January 25th.  Thank you for your patience.  It is a busy time and we would appreciate if you would hold your emails regarding application status.

***GRE will not be required in the Admissions Cycle 2021***

E-IPER welcomes applications for Fall matriculation only. 

Preparation:  PhD Admissions Timeline

Thank you for your interest in applying for E-IPER.  Below, you will find a timeline of how our application process works, as well as links to additional pages and information to help you through the process.



EIPER Admissions:  Step-By-Step

1:  Learn more about the EIPER program.

  • Visit our About EIPER page for an overview of the program and our PhD page for an overview of the PhD 
  • Check out our News page to get a taste of what current students and faculty are working on
  • Browse our list of faculty and current students, to get a better sense of the research that we do

2:  Learn more about our EIPER admissions process.

3:  Reach out to faculty you might be interested in working with

  • You can find potential advisors from our current faculty list and by looking at the advisors of our current students, but you can also find potential faculty across all seven schools at Stanford. We encourage you to reach out to faculty in advance, but don’t worry if you don’t hear back; you can still list those faculty on your application.

4:  Learn more about what it’s like to be an EIPER PhD student

5:  Write and submit your application! This year’s deadline is November 24, 2020 by 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

  • If the $125 application fee poses financial hardship, please visit Stanford Graduate Diversity website for the Fee Application Waiver

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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. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society. Knight-Hennessy Scholars become part of a supportive family of fellow scholars. Through the King Global Leadership Program, scholars will broaden knowledge, develop skills, and strengthen character; this platform provides a collection of community experiences, workshops, meetings with leaders, domestic and global study trips, and personal development opportunities. Knight-Hennessy Scholars also receive funding for graduate study at Stanford University. Apply at The application deadline is October 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

Admission FAQs

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PhD Admissions Info Sessions

We have created online information sessions (offered in late Summer and Fall) to help prospective applicants get detailed information about the admissions process and program details. 

Please find the list of information sessions scheduled for the 20-21 application cycle.  Note:  times listed are Pacific Daylight Time, PDT.  Each session will last approximately 45min-1hour followed by a 30min student panel session.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @9:30am

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @1pm

Thursday, September 3, 2020 @9:30pm

Student Panel:  Thursday, September 3 @2:30 - 3:00pm

Monday, September 14, 2020 @11am

Student Panel:  Monday, September 14 @12:00 - 12:30pm

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @10am

Student Panel:  Tuesday, September 22 @11 - 11:30pm

Friday, October 9, 2020 @10:30am

Student Panel:  Friday, October 9 @11:30am - 12:00pm

To join the session, simply click on the link for the date/time you want above.

Below is a pre-recorded admission session video:

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