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Graduate Fellowships & Awards

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) supports graduate students each year through graduate fellowships and research funding. Questions regarding these opportunities should be directed to

Shultz Graduate Student Research Funding-NOW OPEN

Every year, SIEPR funds a select number of graduate students through the Shultz Dissertation Fund to support graduate students with gathering and working with primary economic data. The funds are provided as a stipend that may be used to pay for travel and expenses necessary to put together original data sets or to acquire commercial data sets.

All dissertation-level students enrolled at Stanford and working on economic issues are eligible for support. To apply, you must complete our online application form and submit a project description, itemized budget, and CV. When you submit your application, the application portal will generate an email directly to your faculty advisor to invite their Faculty Nomination Letter, which is due October 30, 2020.

We accept applications twice per year for the Shultz Funding, due at the end of October and mid-April.

Applications are due October 30, 2020.


Graduate Student Fellowships

The fellowships provide up to three quarters of fellowship support in the form of tuition and a graduate student stipend to qualified applicants pursuing policy-relevant economics research. Awardees are asked to submit a summary of their work upon completion of the fellowship. Graduate students seeking tuition and stipend support from SIEPR may apply to SIEPR’s fellowship application and will be matched to appropriate fellowships by the review committee.

To apply, you must complete our online application form and submit your prospectus, CV, and a letter describing your project in non-academic terms. SIEPR will contact your faculty mentors directly for feedback on your application. You do not need to request letters of recommendation.

Our application period has now closed.

Landau Discussion Paper Prize

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) awards the Claire and Ralph Landau Student Discussion Paper Prize for the best student-written SIEPR working paper. The $2,500 prize is a tribute to the Landaus and their countless contributions to SIEPR and Stanford’s economics department. The range of eligible topics is as broad as Ralph Landau’s interests were in economics — papers can deal with any issue involving the formulation or evaluation of economic policy. Submissions are accepted in the Spring quarter.

Requirements for submission:

1. Students must include the name of their main advisor with their submission.

2. Papers must contain an abstract.

3. Papers will be posted after review by the selection committee.

Our application period has now closed.