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PhD Admissions

Important Dates

E-IPER welcomes applications for Fall matriculation only. 

The 2019 E-IPER application deadline for Autumn 2019 matriculation was 11:59pm PST on November 27, 2018.   The application deadline for 2019 has not been set yet, but will be in November.

Online Information Sessions

We have developed online information sessions (offered in late Summer and Fall 2019) to help prospective applicants get detailed information about the admissions process and program details. Schedule of information sessions will be posted by May 2019.


Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or completed an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Please see the minimum international education requirements

Though E-IPER has no course prerequisites for application purposes, it is expected that students will enter the PhD program with foundational quantitative skills. These skills can certainly be obtained through E-IPER coursework as long as students understand that this may extend the length of their program. Additionally, the strongest applicants will be able to demonstrate coursework, professional and/or other research experience in multiple disciplines including (but not limited to) physical, biological and social sciences. Further, the admissions committee would expect to see some coursework or practical experience in the applicant's areas of proposed research. Read through the Degree Requirements for more information. International applicants should consult the Graduate Admissions website to determine eligibility for applying to a graduate program at Stanford.


Regardless of their citizenship or financial circumstances, all admitted E-IPER PhD students are guaranteed up to five years of funding, compiled from a variety of sources including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, gifts, and endowed funds. PhD applicants are also encouraged to investigate outside funding opportunities, such as the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Energy graduate research fellowships (these opportunities from federal agencies are limited to US citizens and permanent residents), and other fellowships and grants for which they might be eligible.