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PhD Application

The application deadline for Autumn 2014 matriculation was Tuesday, December 3, 2013. 

Required Application Materials

  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 the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources under the School of Earth Sciences.   
  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, how your research will integrate traditional disciplines, and which faculty members might be best suited to advise you.
  3. Supplemental Information: The Supplemental Information is part of the online application.  You will be asked to identify four faculty members with whom you want to work and why.
  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 December 3, 2013.
  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.  All letters of recommendation must be received by December 3, 2013. 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 mailed directly to E-IPER at the address below, to be received by December 3, 2013. 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.

Application Fees and Waivers

The E-IPER community values global diversity and particularly encourages prospective international students from low- and middle-income 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. Information on this policy can be found at:

To apply for an E-IPER application fee waiver:

  • Prospective applicants must have submitted a fee waiver request no later than November 8, 2013.  Late requests not accepted.
  • 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.
  • Requests for fee waivers, whether approved or denied, will be kept confidential and will not influence the application review or selection process.
  • Notice of a decision will be received by email within two weeks of submission.

Mailing address for transcripts:

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


If you have any questions about the application materials or process that are not answered on this website, send an e-mail clearly stating your problem or question to Please only send inquiries via e-mail.