& Stanford Centers and Institutes

The purpose pathway provides an organizing theme to guide the Fellow’s individualized academic experience. The goals of the pathway are two-fold: (a) to provide an academically rigorous framework within which the Fellow can gain new knowledge or deepen current knowledge; and (b) to anchor the Fellow in a Stanford program center, or institute within which they can pursue intergenerational teaching and learning opportunities. Advisors will work with each Fellow to explore the pathway of their choice.

Arts and the Humanities

Program in Modern Thought and Literature: Offers a PhD interdisciplinary program for those who combine a strong interest in literature or culture with non-literary fields, such as humanities, cultural studies or policy, or social sciences.

Stanford Arts Institute: Advances cross-disciplinary approaches to the arts and integrates values and skills found in the arts throughout a Stanford University education by forging arts connections, giving grants to faculty, staff, and students; presenting arts events, incubating new projects and promoting artists and cultural groups across the campus.

Business, Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance: Bridges the gap between theory and practice of corporate governance by providing a cross disciplinary environment and a wealth of expertise to advance the study and practice of corporate governance.

Center for Social Innovation: Focuses attention on the ideas and solutions that create social value and the processes through which they are generated, through exchange of ideas and values, shifts in roles and relationships and integration of the nonprofit, public and private sectors.

John S. Knight Fellowship Foundation Program: Focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in supporting 20 journalists annually who work on creating the new models, tools and approaches that will improve the quality of news and information reaching the public.

Stanford Ignite: Offers a certificate program both on campus and in cities around the world that teaches participants core business and innovation skills, including how to formulate, develop and commercialize their ideas.

Stanford MSx Program (Sloan Masters Program): Provides a one year degree program with international focus that offers high performing managers a chance to reassess and broaden their focus at mid career without the distractions of work.

Stanford Technology Ventures (STVP):Is the entrepreneurship education center at Stanford located in the School of Engineering, providing students from all majors and levels (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to use innovations to solve major societal and world problems and challenges including infrastructure, energy, health care, education, and security.

Education, Teaching and Learning – from the classroom to the design lab and boardroom
Center to Support Excellence in Teaching: Creates professional development programs to improve the quality of instruction in schools through identifying effective teachers, evaluating their influence on students, and sharing their expertise with others.

John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities: Collaborates with schools, public agencies and organizations to provide training, support and to improve outcomes in all aspects of a youth’s development.

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE): Fosters research, policy and practice to advance high quality, equitable education systems in the US and internationally. With faculty from Stanford and other universities it works on analyzing and expanding educational opportunities and closing the Opportunity Gap

Energy and the Environment

Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP): Collaborates with leading institutions and private companies around the world by conducting fundamental research on technologies that will develop global energy systems while protecting the environment.

Precourt Institute for Energy: Serves as the hub of experts from various science, technology, behavioral, and policy disciplines who are working independently and collaboratively to solve the world’s most pressing energy problems and to advance the goal of major and rapid energy transformations.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment: Brings together experts from all disciplines to provide breakthrough environmental solutions, locally and globally, that protect and nurture the planet to meet the vital needs of people today and in the future.

Engineering Sciences and Design
Brown Institute for Media Innovation: Designed to encourage and support new endeavors in media innovation, focusing on media technology. A collaboration between Columbia University and Stanford, its mission is to sponsor thinking, building and speculating on how stories are discovered and told in a networked , digitalized world.

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school): Brings multidisciplinary teams of faculty and students together to engage in design thinking and to study both how complex problems affect people and how to design solutions by engaging in research, prototyping and teaching.

Health and Healthcare – Innovation and Discovery, Policy, Healthcare Delivery, Clinical Practice (including Global Health Initiatives), Bioethics

Biodesign Program: Trains students, fellows and faculty in the invention and implementation of new biomedical technologies and their translation into patient care.

Center for Law and the Biosciences: Examines biotechnological discoveries in the context of the law, weighing their impact on society, and promotes research and public discourse on the various social implications of accelerated technological change.

Child Health Research Institute: Carries out research and translates discoveries into action to solve the health problems of children and expectant mothers worldwide.

Clinical Excellence Research Center: Designs and tests new health care delivery models that both lower per capita health care spending and improve clinical outcomes.

SPARK Translational Research Program: Educates students, fellows and faculty in ways to overcome the obstacles involved in moving research innovations from bench to bedside and in bridging the gap between early stage programs and funding.

Stanford Cancer Institute: Works to transform the latest detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention discoveries of cancer into the most advanced therapies available for patients

Stanford Cardiovascular Institute: Engages in research, clinical and educational programs in cardiovascular medicine and explores new surgical techniques and methods of repairing heart damage.

Stanford Center for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection: seeks to understand and control the immune system’s ability to defend the body against foreign invaders at the molecular and cellular level.

Stanford Center on Longevity: Studies the nature and development of the human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 in order to improve the well-being of people of all ages.

Stanford Neurosciences Institute: unites experts in various areas to investigate how the brain develops, the causes of developmental disorders and human behavior.

Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine: aims to harness the power of stem cells to target and remedy the root causes of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and other diseases with genetic origins.

Stanford Prevention Research Center: Focuses on identifying the most practical, science-based solutions for addressing some of society’s most pervasive—and preventable—health issues and on raising the standards of scientific investigation in areas that matter for health.

Human Rights and Social Justice

Stanford Center for Racial Justice (SCRJ): Initiative within the Stanford Law School that aspires to a multicultural democracy where the ability to create opportunities, promote wellbeing for all, and advance freedom is not undermined by racism.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute: Supports a broad range of educational activities illuminating Dr. King’s life and the movement he inspired.

Stanford Center for Human Rights & International Justice: Equips a new generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect and promote human rights and dignity for all.

Stanford Institute on Race: New initiative that seeks to leverage the excellence of Stanford faculty, existing centers, and programs across all seven schools to address problems of racial injustice in our society and around the world. Learn more about the institute’s vision for a focus on evidenced-based solutions here.

Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity: Offers coursework and research related to all facets of the advancement of racial equity.

International Studies and Programs
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law: Collaborates widely with academics, policy makers and practitioners around the world to advance knowledge about the conditions for and interactions among democracy, broad based economic development, human rights, and the rule of law.

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: Focuses on understanding the problems, policies and processes that cross international borders and affect lives around the world through research projects and seminars on international issues and collaborations in a full range of disciplines across campus.

Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies: Offers a multidisciplinary Masters program centered on the study and analysis of the international system and providing students with an in depth exposure to issues in the 21st century, as well as a foundation of skills to address those issues.

Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation: Brings scholars and graduate students together as an interdisciplinary research and teaching community dedicated to the study of conflict resolution and peacebuilding and focusing on development strategies to identify, analyze and overcome psychological, strategic, institutional and relational barriers.

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED): Addresses the creation of jobs for people in poverty in Africa, Latin America and South Asia by establishing regional innovation centers offering management training, networking opportunities, conferences, events, and coaching by business experts.

Social Sciences, Policy and Public Service
Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity: Uses interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to understand the complex factors of race and ethnicity through undergraduate programs and a research institute that sponsors fellowship programs, seminar series, lectures and conferences.
Haas Center for Public Service: Provides fellowships, grants and work study funding to support public service efforts, allowing students to explore leadership training, connect public service with their academic experience, and partner with various community education programs.

John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law: Offers programs and training in law to explore the public good, achieve social justice and support the development of public interest legal field. Offers public service programs, skills training and symposia, as well as public interest funding programs.

Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research: Creates knowledge and seeks to implement change to promote gender equality, bringing together an intellectually diverse group of scholars to propose novel and workable solutions to advancing gender equality.

Science, Technology and Society Program: Offers a dynamic interdisciplinary major that fosters a broad understanding of the technical and social dimensions of science and technology and provides opportunities to pursue research in affiliated laboratories.

Stanford Center on Longevity: Studies the nature and development of the human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 in order to improve the well-being of people of all ages.

Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR): Advises policymakers in a variety of ways, such as bringing economists from across the university together with leaders in business and industry to analyze, discuss and debate ideas on economic topics, in order improve long term economic policy.

Urban Studies Program: Is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate program that combines academic approach hes with real-world experience to understand cities, including, for example, how the physical environment influences behavior and how to address seemingly intractable problems like urban poverty, homelessness, or troubled schools