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PhD Application

Required Materials

Please note that no application materials can be returned to the applicant once submitted to E-IPER.

1. Electronic Stanford Graduate Application

Read through the instructions and begin your electronic application on the Stanford Graduate Admissions web site. When prompted to select the program to which you are applying, select "Environment and Resources PhD".   

2. Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose should be uploaded as a Word or PDF file in the electronic application (statement should be 2 single spaced pages maximum). In your statement, describe your academic and professional preparation for E-IPER, why you are seeking an interdisciplinary graduate program, your research interests and how they will integrate traditional disciplines, and which faculty members might be best suited to advise you. We are not looking for a detailed research proposal; rather, a bigger picture of your interests, how they fit in E-IPER, and what you ultimately hope to do upon completing your PhD.

3. Faculty of Interest

The online application includes a supplemental section where you will be asked to identify four faculty members with whom you want to work and why. All E-IPER PhD students have TWO advisors, one to provide expertise on each Field of Inquiry. We ask for four faculty names because research interests are expected to be somewhat broad at the time of application. In preparation for this section of the application, we recommend that you contact faculty members ahead of time to assess whether or not your research interests are a good match for their expertise. Note that faculty you include in this portion of the application will be asked to review your application.

4. GRE and TOEFL Scores

Request that ETS send your GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing required), and TOEFL scores if required, directly to Stanford using the general code 4704 (E-IPER does not have a specific department code). Students are strongly advised to take the GRE and TOEFL no later than mid-October to ensure scores are transmitted by the application deadline. GRE scores must be from within the last five years and TOEFL scores must be from within the last 18 months. Note that E-IPER does not require the GRE Subject Test and Stanford University will not accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL.

5. Letters of Recommendation

Following the instructions in the electronic application system, request that your three letters of recommendation be submitted electronically by the deadline.  It is required by the University that at least one of the recommenders be a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student unless you have been out of school for more than five years. Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your potential for graduate work. It is advised by E-IPER that at least two letters of recommendation come from academic sources. All letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure your references know that this deadline is final.

6. Transcripts

Upload unofficial transcripts from all universities and colleges you attended for one year or more in the electronic application. Also request that ONE official transcript from all colleges and universities you have attended full time for at least one year be sent to us. You can do this in one of two ways: 1) if your institution provides electronic official transcripts, have it sent to the Assistant Director. 2) have your transcript mailed directly from your institution to E-IPER at the address below.  While the University states that two transcripts are required, E-IPER needs only one for review purposes. The second transcript will be requested from admitted students prior to matriculation.

Mailing address for transcripts:

E-IPER Admissions
Y2E2 Building, Suite 226
473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305-4210

Application Fees & Waivers

The E-IPER community values global diversity and particularly encourages prospective international students from developing countries to apply. Recognizing that Stanford's $125 application fee may deter some candidates with limited financial means from applying, E-IPER offers a limited number of fee waivers for international students who face a financial hardship that would prevent them from applying to E-IPER.

Note: There is a University-wide fee waiver application process for qualified US citizens/Permanent Residents. 

E-IPER international application fee waiver requests are due no later than November 7, 2017; late requests not accepted.  Notice of a decision will be received by email within two weeks of submission from the applicant. Please note that granting of a waiver does not indicate that an applicant will be or is likely to be accepted for the PhD; nor does denial of a waiver request indicate that an applicant is unlikely to be admitted to the E-IPER program. Applicants whose waiver requests are denied may still submit an application for E-IPER. All requests for fee waivers, whether approved or denied, will be kept confidential and will not influence the application review or selection process.