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PhD Fellowships

Multi-quarter part-time

The PACS Center explores the role of civil society in a very broad sense. The program welcomes projects that address questions about nonprofits and civil society organizations, as well as research that examines the role of the state or the marketplace in contrast to nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, or civil society.

The PACS Center encourages applications from students studying the institutions and activities that define civil society. Students may explore a range of themes dealing with, for instance, comparisons of public, private, and nonprofit mechanisms for delivering social services or public goods; the effects of different modes of financial support on nonprofit organizations; and the role of nongovernmental organizations in nondemocratic nations.

The fellowship provides up to a full academic year of support—stipend, tuition, and health insurance—for PhD students. Please note the fellowship does not support travel or data collection. PACS has a separate fund to support travel and data collection that Fellows can apply for.

Fellows will spend a year in residence, participating in a yearlong research workshop that meets alternating weeks throughout the school year, and attend other PACS events with notable speakers throughout the year. Fellowship recipients will also be expected to complete a writing project during their fellowship year, and aim to turn that work into scholarly articles for academic journals within two years of receipt of the fellowship.


Second-year Stanford PhD students and beyond, at the pre- or post-dissertation proposal stage, are eligible.

Students will be expected to begin the year with a well-defined research project to carry out during their fellowship year. The project is often, but need not be, connected to a dissertation. The program welcomes proposals from the social sciences, the humanities, and social science-related professional schools including School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, School of Earth, and School of Engineering.



Open To

Graduate Students


Offered By

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
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