Program Summary

The Stanford GSB Research Fellows Program is a two-year full-time program commencing in July 2022.

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

Our 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 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.

There are two distinct tracks of research assistantship, both of which provide 40 hours per week of academic research experience with faculty mentors and PhD students to prepare you for doctoral studies.

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Rotate between projects with different faculty each quarter based on project availability and your interest.

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Provide dedicated research support to specific faculty for the duration of the program.


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.

Coursework is optional and at the discretion of the fellow. Upon program completion, fellows may have up to eight completed doctoral-level courses.  While this fellowship is not a degree program, other universities may 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.


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.

Alumni Spotlight
Placement: Duke University Fuqua School of Business PhD Program

“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.”