Research Activities

Throughout your doctoral experience, you will sharpen your skills and deepen your intuition as an academic researcher.

The primary sources for this growth and learning are the apprenticeships and doctoral seminars.


The time you spend working with faculty in the apprenticeship period will have a substantial impact on your academic success. Because this experience is a key component of your preparation for a career in research, you’ll begin an apprenticeship in your first year of study. You will actively participate in world-class research by prominent and rising scholars in your field.

Seminars and Colloquia

These collaborative sessions provide an invaluable opportunity to enhance your research skills, master your field’s methodology, and receive feedback on your own research plans. The sessions are conducted by both faculty members and doctoral students, and offer a vital interchange of research ideas and progress reports. You’ll also benefit from open, informal discussions of the latest Stanford GSB faculty research.