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All Religious Studies Ph.D. students receive five years of funding. This includes fellowship stipends or teaching assistantships, tuition, and Cardinal Care health insurance for the student.  In addition, Ph.D. students receive five funded summers of support.

We do not offer funding for coterminal or Masters students.

Beyond the five years of funding, below is a list of resources for PhD students to find grants or scholarships to finish writing the dissertation. Application deadlines can be as early as the fall before, so please plan in advance to apply. Internal Stanford grants are only available to Stanford students; external grants can be from outside donors or open to students beyond Stanford. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and we encourage research into other funding opportunities.


Stanford (internal) Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunityfull year fundingtravel, conference, research, other grants 
Abbasi Program research fellowships  x
Buddhist Studies x
CCSRE Graduate Dissertation Fellowshipx 
CCSRE Graduate Fellowship (for incoming students)x 
CCSRE Graduate Teaching Fellowshipx 
CESTA Digital Humanities Graduate Fellowship  
CSA Conference Travel grants x
CSA Research & Language Fellowships (South Asia related study) x
CSA Wisch Dissertation Fellowship (South Asia related study)x 
DARE Doctoral Fellowshipx 
Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO) x
EDGE Doctoral Fellowship x
H&S graduate fellowships and awards x 
Haas Center Community-Based Research Programs x
Humanities Center fellowshipsx 
Other Stanford Fellowshipsx 
VPGE fellowshipsx 


External Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunityfull year fundingtravel, conference, research, other grants

American Institute of Indian Studies fellowships

(South Asia related study)

Bechtel Overseas scholarshipsxx
Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowshipx 
DAAD One-Year Grants for Doctoral Candidatesx 
Ford Foundational Fellowship Programx 
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Disseration Research Abroad X
Mellon/ ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship x
Toronto Postdocs (for Indigenous and Black scholars)x 
UCLA GRAPES fellowship databasexx
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Buddhism Public Scholarsx 
CAORC Fellowship x
Wenner-Gren x