Advanced Degree Financial Support

At this time, Stanford Law School is unable to provide scholarships or stipends to support graduate students except to an extremely limited degree and only for SPILS applicants. We are unable to provide any kind of funding for any of our LLM programs. All applicants are encouraged to seek scholarships, grants and fellowships from their home countries, law firms or international programs. Applicants should seek out these sources of funding as early as possible in the application process as many scholarship applications are due prior to graduate program application deadlines. Some of these programs are listed below.

NOTE: The deadlines, requirements and nature of the financial support programs listed below are subject to change. Please check the respective websites for current information.

Stanford University Fellowships

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards full funding to Stanford graduate students from all disciplines, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across fields.

Applications for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars are due in early Autumn one year prior to enrollment. View dates and deadlines. You can also sign up for Knight-Hennessy Scholars email alerts to stay up to date on the availability of their online application.

Learn more about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program

Dissertation Grants in Japanese Studies

Grants support research related activities of advanced level graduate students specializing in Japanese studies. Awards will be given primarily to those who are preparing dissertation proposals, undertaking field research and requiring supplemental assistance, or writing up the results of the dissertation research. Expenses which may be covered include tuition, travel to, from and within Japan and reasonable living expenses. No funds are available to cover travel or maintenance costs of dependents.

Deadline: early March

Littlefield International Graduate Fellowships

Five awards will be made to outstanding graduate students whose dissertations treat some aspect of international political economy. Applicants must have completed all qualifying exams and be engaged in dissertation research or write-up. The awards will provide TGR fees and a living stipend for up to one year.

Deadline: early March

O'Bie Shultz Fellowships in International Studies

Grants for graduate students to assist with costs associated with advanced work in international studies. Awards support modest travel and research expenses during periods of dissertation field research conducted abroad, or for supplemental cost-of-living stipends and tuition for students in the final write-up phase of the dissertation. Funds are not available to support costs related to dependents. Field research grants can be used in any country.

Deadline: mid April

The Luce Scholars Program

Each year the Luce Scholars Program offers a select group of young Americans an experience in Asia designed both to broaden their professional perspectives and to sharpen their perceptions of Asia, of America, and of themselves. The Foundation has been noted for its efforts to broaden understanding between Asia and the United States. One of the criteria is that nominees are ineligible if they have a professed career interest in Asian Affairs, or if they have made that an area of academic concentration. Nominees may be selected from the class of graduating seniors at the nominating institution, from ranks of recent alumni, from graduate or professional students, from recent recipients of advanced or professional degrees at the institution, or from junior faculty. IIS nominates potential candidates to be submitted for national competition; Stanford can make two nominations per year, and there are 15 recipients annually.

Stanford deadline: mid November

Stanford MacArthur Consortium Fellowships in International Peace and Cooperation

The MacArthur Consortium in International Peace and Cooperation provides fellowships and research assistantships for doctoral students working on dimensions of change affecting international peace and cooperation in contemporary global society.

Funding will go primarily to doctoral students at Stanford. All applicants must show the connection between their work and one or more of the following dimensions of change affecting international peace and cooperation in global society:

  1. war and peace in historical context
  2. global governance and transnational norms
  3. environmental sustainability and social justice
  4. production, performance, and representation of identities.

Applications and accompanying materials are due in mid-February.

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Scholarships, grants and fellowships

The Institute for the Study of World Politics

The Institute for the Study of World Politics (ISWP) supports doctoral students' research into issues that affect global environmental, political and economic integrity and stability. These intricate and interrelated issues—whose resolution requires detailed knowledge and analysis, to which scholars contribute importantly—include arms control and conflict resolution; international environmental and population pressures; political and economic disorders that lead to conflicts between and within developing countries and between the North and South; and the complex processes of democratization, protection of human rights and alleviation of destructive ethnic rivalries.

For additional information on program deadlines, contact:

Institute for the Study of World Politics (ISWP) 1755 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 202/588-9797