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Graduate education is central to Stanford’s mission of training future leaders and problem solvers. Funding graduate students is also one of the fastest ways to advance scientific discovery, which most often emerges from the interactions of the students and their faculty advisors.

The Sustainability Matching Program will match the following gifts of endowment to support graduate students. Endowed fellowships exist in perpetuity and may be established in the donors’ own names or in the names of others whom they wish to honor.


Named, Endowed Graduate Fellowships ($1.5 million)

These fellowships are the vital mechanism by which Stanford can attract the most talented students to Stanford and support them once they are here.

  • A gift of $1.5 million will receive a $500,000 match to create a $2 million endowment that supports at least one graduate student each year. 

Named, Endowed Master’s Fellowships ($375,000)

Stanford undergraduates may apply to stay for an extra year to earn a co-terminal master’s degree, but need-based financial aid does not extend to graduate study. Other students come to Stanford only for a master’s and are not eligible for PhD-focused funding. These fellowships help to equalize opportunity and widen the onramp to graduate education.

  • A gift of $375,000 will receive a $125,000 match to create a $500,000 endowment that supports at least one master’s student each year.

See how fellowship support has helped launch the high impact sustainability careers of these students and alumni:

Kate Brauman
Kate Brauman, PhD '10

A National Profile

“I’m in a position to take all of this amazing research that’s happening in academia, interpreting it, translating it, and getting it out in the world.”

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Elan Portner. Photo courtesy of Elan Portner
Elan Portner, PhD ’19

Open Ocean Food Webs

“My goal is that this work will improve the ecosystem models used to manage our marine resources.”

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Hong Yang. Photo courtesy of Hong Yang
Hong Yang, PhD '23

Understanding Earth’s Interior

"These experiments really are the closest we can get to understanding what the Earth’s interior is like and how the high pressure affects materials.”

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Nicole Buckley Biggs. Photo courtesy of Nicole Buckley Biggs
Nicole Buckley Biggs, PhD '22

Climate, Conservation, and Policy

 “One of my goals is to better connect my solar research to what conservation groups are doing."

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Cansu Culha. Photo courtesy of Cansu Culha
Cansu Culha, PhD ’22

Decoding Earth’s Instability

“I get to unravel the meaning behind these patterns.”

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Kevin Moy. Photo courtesy of Kevin Moy
Kevin Moy, '14, MS '15, PhD '23

Clean, Reliable Energy

“My goal is to help supply vulnerable communities with clean, reliable energy."

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