Pathways to PhD Program

Current PhD students in Stanford’s Political Science department are organizing a Pathways to PhD program to foster inclusion and belonging in political science academia. There will be virtual information sessions and a mentorship program for those applying to a PhD program in the current cycle. Anyone with an interest in Political Science PhD programs is welcome.

We recognize the critical need to support prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students of color, students enrolled in non-US institutions, students from public universities, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ students. We enthusiastically welcome members of underrepresented groups to register for the information sessions and apply for mentorship.


Information Sessions (October 18 & 19, 2021 4-7:30pm PDT)

The Pathways webinars will occur over two days and feature panels of Stanford graduate students as well as faculty. The webinars will reserve time for live Q&A with those in attendance. On Monday, October 18, panelists will describe what a PhD program in Political Science typically looks like and different paths to admission. On Tuesday, October 19, panelists will offer advice on completing an application to Political Science PhD programs. The Pathways webinars are open to any prospective student interested in learning more about PhD programs. If you would like to sign up for the Political Science Pathways to PhD event, please register here.


Mentorship for PhD Applications

For those applying to PhD programs this year, we have a limited number of opportunities to work with current graduate students to develop your Political Science PhD application materials. Between October 25 and November 19, mentors will meet virtually with accepted participants to provide feedback on their statement of purpose, help to structure their CV, and offer advice on any part of their application. If you are applying to a PhD program in Political Science this year (2021-22) and are interested in working with a graduate student mentor, you may indicate that in the registration form above.


Please note that the Pathways webinars and mentorship program are not connected to Stanford’s PhD admissions process. For inquiries about the Pathways to PhD program in Political Science, please contact polisci.pathways [at] ()target="_blank".