Program Summary

The Stanford GSB Research Fellows Program is a two-year full-time program commencing in July 2021.

The fellowship offers tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend ($45,850 in 2020-21). As non-matriculated, non-degree students at Stanford University, fellows have access to the wide array of facilities and resources that Stanford offers. Fellows will be provided with a work space that is co-located with Stanford GSB PhD students.

Fellows are expected to fully participate in the intellectual life at Stanford GSB and the university.

Research Assistantship

Stanford GSB faculty conduct research on a wide variety of cutting-edge topics. Fellows participate in research projects and assist with empirical research papers initiated by Stanford GSB faculty members. Projects are assigned based on student interest and faculty/project availability. Projects generally involve manipulation of large data sets and sophisticated statistical modeling, and require strong programming skills. Day-to-day work will mostly utilize statistical packages such as R, Matlab, or Stata. Students can expect to work closely with Stanford GSB faculty members and receive individual instruction on the techniques required.


Fellows may take one doctoral-level course in business, economics, statistics, math, or related field each quarter. Course selection is made in consultation with faculty.

Many doctoral programs will accept transfer units for equivalent doctoral level coursework completed at Stanford GSB and Stanford University. You may find it helpful to review coursework as required by the PhD Program. At the completion of the program, fellows may have up to eight completed doctoral-level courses.


Fellows are expected to attend weekly field seminars. Faculty members and doctoral students jointly conduct these sessions, which consist of an interchange of research ideas and progress reports.

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“This program is unique in that the faculty, PhD students, other fellows, and staff are genuinely interested in your success. Through this program, I worked alongside faculty with whom I am still in contact with and met intelligent and curious research fellows and PhD students who created a challenging, intellectually stimulating, and entertaining environment that greatly enhanced my time at Stanford GSB.”