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Graduate Degree Program: PhD

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To apply to graduate degree programs in the Department of Anthropology, please go to the University Registrar, Graduate Admissions web page located at http://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying.

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Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The graduate application submission deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 9:00pm (PST). The application must be submitted, along with all required supporting articles (i.e. official transcript(s), letters of recommendation, ETS test scores for the TOFEL - if required), by the published deadline. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Please note: Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, the GRE test score(s) will no longer be required for admission to the graduate program in Anthropology.

Department Application Requirements

  1. Submission of the Stanford University Electronic Graduate Admissions Application (for PhD applications only) by the published deadline. Please review the information and instructions, for accessing the electronic application, via the Stanford University Graduate Admissions webpages located at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions. To choose the Anthropology graduate degree program, search for the Department of Anthropology in the School of Humanities and Sciences.
  2. Submission of the Writing Sample detailing evidence of both writing ability, the capacity for research, analysis, original thought at the graduate level, and demonstration of the ability to use theory in relation to evidence. Please submit a 4,500-5,400 word paper, via electronic pdf file upload directly to the electronic graduate application. 
  3. The University Registrar, Office of Graduate Admissions, requires unofficial transcripts (from all universities and colleges attended for at least one year) to be uploaded, from a scanned copy, directly to the graduate application (CollegeNet, ApplyYourself).
    • Please DO NOT submit official, paper-based copies of transcripts with the graduate application submission by 1 December 2020.
    • After the deadline for submission, the department will proceed with an evaluation of the applicant materials based on the uploaded unofficial scanned transcript copy.
    • Official transcript(s) will be required only after an applicant accepts an offer of admission and are to be sent to Graduate Admissions.
  4. Submission of required test scores by way of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) listing the Stanford University Institutional code: 4704 (there is no department or school code, only the University code)
  5. Submission of a statement of purpose detailing academic and professional preparation for the Anthropology graduate degree program. Please submit a 900-1,350 word paper, via electronic pdf file upload directly to the electronic graduate application.
  6. Submission of three letters of recommendation, only. Please review the University Registrar Office of Graduate Admissions instructions for submission of the letters of recommendation. Important - Letters must be submitted electronically by each recommender. A private letter/credentialing service is not permitted. If electronic submission is not possible, please send an email message to the Department of Anthropology at anth_gradadmission@stanford.edu explaining the circumstance and with a request for alternate method of electronic submission. All letters should be received by the published deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to communicate with each recommender to ensure that the department’s deadline for submission of the electronic graduate application will be met.

Requesting Department Evaluation for MA Degree if not admitted to the PhD Degree Program

Although requesting department evaluation for M.A. if not accepted to Ph.D. is an option provided in the University Graduate Application, the Department of Anthropology does not offer this option. Students should apply to the PhD degree program in Anthropology. 

Status Information

Check the status of an application (e.g. letters of recommendation received, official ETS test scores, etc.) by logging into the application account Activity Log. Each graduate admission season decision status information will be available by early March. The selection of Ph.D. students admitted to the Department of Anthropology is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant's academic record, the letters of recommendation, test scores, if required, for the TOEFL, the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

Process Information

The selection of Ph.D. students admitted to the Department of Anthropology is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but, not limited to) the applicant's academic record, the letters of recommendation, TOEFL test scores if required, the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

Special Programs at Stanford University

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. Each year, this University-endowed Scholars Program awards up to 100 high-achieving Graduate students with partial funding to pursue a Graduate education at Stanford. To be considered for admission to the Department of Anthropology Ph.D. degree program as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, one must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars via https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/admission/apply-now; and, apply to Stanford University, Department of Anthropology, Graduate degree program via https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying.  Although, the Department of Anthropology published deadline for submission of the Graduate application is December 7, 2021, only those applicants who have submitted both a Knight-Hennessy Scholar application by the published deadline on October 6, 2021 as well as Department of Anthropology graduate application by December 7, 2021 are eligible for consideration of graduate admission status to the Ph.D. degree program in Anthropology as a Knight Hennessy Scholar.

Medical Scientist Training Program

MSTP application in conjunction with social science Ph.D. programs is only permitted for current Stanford M.D. students previously admitted to a social science Ph.D. program, through their Ph.D. application process.

Stanford M.D. students admitted to a Social Science Ph.D. Program may apply for MSTP funding through the MSTP internal admissions process. For more information, please go to http://med.stanford.edu/mstp/admissions.html

Contact Information

University Registrar Office of Graduate Admissions Contact Information:
Web page: https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu
E-mail: gradadmissions@stanford.edu

Department of Anthropology Contact Information:
Web page: https://anthropology.stanford.edu
E-mail: anth_gradadmission@stanford.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of Anthropology
450 Jane Stanford Way, Main Quadrangle, Building 50, Room 51G
Stanford, CA 94305-2034