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.
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.
The deadline to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for enrollment in fall 2018 has passed. Sign up for Knight-Hennessy Scholars email alerts to stay up to date on the availability of their online application for enrollment in fall 2019. You may continue to apply to SLS until February 1, 2018.
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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
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
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
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
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:
- war and peace in historical context
- global governance and transnational norms
- environmental sustainability and social justice
- production, performance, and representation of identities.
Applications and accompanying materials are due in mid-February.visit website