The Stanford GSB Research Fellows Program is a two-year, fully-funded predoctoral program that provides a diverse set of fellows with the opportunity to gain research experience and preparation for doctoral studies in business or related fields.
We believe that the keys to strengthening and diversifying the pool of PhD students — and eventually, the faculty pipeline — are the close mentoring relationships and practical research experience that this fellowship provides.
Explore Academic Research Hands-On
Our faculty conduct research on a wide variety of cutting-edge topics. You will get hands-on research experience working with faculty on their research projects.
This fellowship program offers two tracks that allow you to either gain exposure and experience across multiple projects and fields, or work more closely with specific faculty members, over the course of two years.
Decide If a PhD Program Is Right for You
We have designed this program for individuals who are preparing for or considering applying to a PhD program to help inform their decisions about doctoral studies. Fellows are fully immersed in the research environment and receive exposure to our fields of study:
- Operations, information, and technology
- Organizational behavior
- Political economics
Because of our strong belief in the value of diversity in the pursuit of our educational and research missions, we particularly encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups, as well as from those whose backgrounds and experience would bring additional dimensions to their field.
Find Mentorship & Community
Our program has a tradition of collaboration where faculty, PhD students, and research fellows work alongside each other and are invested in each others’ success. Co-located in cubicle spaces alongside PhD students, you will be guided by renowned faculty mentors who will support your professional growth and be immersed in the supportive community of PhD students.
As members of Pathways to Research and Predoctoral Careers, we are committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive research environment where scholars from diverse backgrounds and life experiences can thrive.
Prepare for Your Future
We provide a unique opportunity to gain training and education that are valuable for admission to a doctoral program and foundational to a long-term career in academic research. As non-degree students, fellows have access to the wide array of resources and facilities at Stanford University.
You will develop close relationships with faculty, who will guide you as you participate actively in the research process, develop skills, and select courses to round out your transcript. You may also request recommendation letters from the faculty with whom you work.