FAQ for the Graduate Program Application Process


Am I eligible to apply for the PhD program in Anthropology?

You are eligible for admission to graduate programs at Stanford as long as you have either 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.

Can I apply for winter, spring, or summer quarter admission?

No, applications will be submitted during autumn quarter for matriculation in the following autumn quarter/in the following academic year (e.g. apply in autumn 2013 for matriculation in autumn of 2014).

Can I apply to more than one department, center or program at Stanford University?

No, Stanford University allows only one degree program application per academic year. You may apply concurrently to one departmental program and to a professional school (law, medicine or business). Please contact the Student Services Officer, at selleck@stanford.edu, for further information.

Can my application to the PhD program be considered for the MA program if my PhD application is not successful?

Although requesting department evaluation for MA if not accepted to PhD is an option provided in the University Graduate Application, the Department of Anthropology does not offer this option. Students should apply separately to either the PhD or the MA degree program in Anthropology. The department reserves the right to offer admission to an applicant for the MA or PhD regardless of the desired program stated in the Graduate Application.

Is there an application fee? If so how much is it?

Stanford uses an on‐line application and the fee is $125. This allows applicants to save data and work on their application from any computer on multiple occasions. The University Registrar’s Office of Graduate Admissions will consider a paper application only if the prospective applicant can show extenuating circumstances that prevent internet access. There is an additional cost for the paper application packet.

Can I obtain a fee waiver or fee reimbursement from Stanford University?

Stanford University, Registrar's Office of Graduate Admission offers a fee reduction program for eligible United States national and permanent resident graduate applicants. For additional information on this University policy, please see http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions/applying/fee-waiver and to https://sites.stanford.edu/grad-diversity-council/fee-waiver.

For foreign national applicants interested in requesting a fee reimbursement, please apply for a department application fee reimbursement (available for eligible foreign national graduate applicants, only), please email the information listed below to anth_gradadmission@stanford.edu on or by November 15. A decision status will be sent via email reply within one week of submission request. Graduate applicants who qualify for the department reimbursement of the application fee are responsible to pay the fee in order to submit the graduate application.

1. Please provide your first and last (family) name, as well as your country of origin, citizenship, and current residence.

2. List your current source(s) of income (e.g., salaried employment, fellowships, family savings). Please do not include specific salary/wage information.

3. Indicate the total number of graduate applications (US and other) you intend to submit during this application cycle

4. Provide a brief explanation of your need for an application fee reimbursement (150-word maximum)

When is the Department deadline for submission of my electronic application?

Electronic submission of the graduate application is due via the web-based application by 9 P.M. PST on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

Should I arrange to visit the campus or meet with the department faculty before submitting my application?

Applicants are welcome to tour the department and to make an appointment to meet with the Student Services Officer.

Those applicants who wish to tour the campus to learn more about the University should contact the Visitor’s Center http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/tours/.

May I send supplemental materials to my electronic application?

Yes, please upload all application articles directly to the online application.

May I send in supplemental materials before I submit my online application?

Please upload all application articles directly to the online application. If you need to send supplemental materials before the application is available, please contact the Student Services Officer directly via email or telephone at selleck@stanford.edu or 650-723-4641.

I am interested in applying for a FLAS, Fulbright or NSF fellowship at the time I submit by application to the graduate program. How can I find out more about these extramural funding opportunities?

For information about extramural funding opportunities, go to the Department of Anthropology’s web page for Funding Opportunities for Graduate Training. Beyond that you may contact the Student Services Officer directly via email or telephone at selleck@stanford.edu or 650-723-4641.

What is the Graduate Admission policy on representation and authenticity?

The department’s offer of admission is based on the student’s representation of accurate information in the graduate application. A degree program listed in process and pending completion must be completed as listed in the graduate application. The Registrar office of Graduate Admission policy on representation and authenticity is listed at the Stanford Right of Verification policy located at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions/applying/verification.

I submitted my application by the deadline, but it still says “incomplete” on the web-based checklist. When and how will I be notified if my application is complete?

The application checklist is updated manually by the department as “complete” or “incomplete” usually by the end of January. Applicants with an “incomplete” status will be able to view those missing supplemental materials from the application via the checklist. Although, test score status is included in this checklist, the score information is updated by independent vendors, responsible for reporting and updating test scores on each application checklist. The department does not update this information on the checklist. Please do not call the Department of Anthropology to inquire about the status of your application.

Who evaluates my graduate application, and what is the process of evaluation?

Applications are reviewed holistically to assess their promise for teaching and research careers. Greater emphasis may be placed on the statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Faculty from the Department of Anthropology represent the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee each year – usually about six faculty, with two faculty from each of the department tracks.

How long is the evaluation process and when can I expect to receive information on the status of my graduate application to the Department of Anthropology? How will I be notified?

Decisions and notifications are usually made by mid-March and sent electronically via email. Please do not call the Department of Anthropology to inquire about the status of your application. The application status for materials received can be checked via the applicant’s web-based account.

How selective is the admissions process?

Each year, the Department of Anthropology receives many competitive applications to the PhD program for very few funded openings. As with the PhD program, the Department also receives many competitive applications to the MA program for very few non-funded openings.

If I am not offered admission to the graduate program in Anthropology, may I reapply?

You may (re)apply to a particular degree program in a subsequent application season. Regardless of a first-time application or a (re) application, the prospective applicant is required to submit an on-line application by the published deadline and pay the application fee for each application submitted.

If I receive a rejection letter, may I ask the department for more information regarding the department’s decision process and their evaluation of my application?

The Department is not able to provide specific information related to individual applications. The admissions decisions have been based on an assessment of the qualifications of the applicant relative to the unique applicant pool in a given admissions season.

Is it possible to defer admission into the graduate program in Anthropology if there is a circumstance in which I am unable to begin the graduate program in the following autumn quarter?

No, the Department does not allow deferral of admission.