Diversity Statement

The Department of Psychology at Stanford University is devoted to training scientists who will work to advance theory and to create knowledge that helps us address real-world problems. Accomplishing this mission requires a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds. Diversity enriches both our department and the science of psychology.  We strive to cultivate an inclusive community that values diverse questions, viewpoints, approaches, and participant samples to foster ingenuity, challenge biases, and promote intellectual growth. 

Therefore, it is important to us to attract individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including research assistants, undergraduate majors, PhD students, faculty, and staff. The Department seeks applicants from all races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religions.

Within the Psychology Department, our efforts to promote diversity are led by our Diversity Committee, a group of graduate students and faculty who coordinate and oversee continuing efforts to build our community. This commitment to diversity is part of a broader effort at Stanford that includes resources such as fellowship programs, social and cultural affinity groups, and funding opportunities.


Prospective applicants

Research opportunity programs for undergraduates

CSLI Summer Internship Program

Summer Research Early Identification Program


Application resources

Graduate application fee waiver

GRE fee waiver

How to Prep for Grad School While Poor (not a Stanford resource, but a helpful online guide)


Current students and postdoctoral scholars

Centers & organizations

Asian American Activities Center

Black Community Services Center

El Centro Chicano y Latino

First-Generation and/or Low Income Partnership

LGBT Community Resources Center

Unofficial Guide to Trans* Life at Stanford

Guide for Trans*/Genderqueer Care at Vaden

The Markaz: Resource Center

Native American Cultural Center

Women’s Community Center

Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity


Funding sources

Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence

Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education


Mentoring groups

Diversity Works

First-Gen Community Mentor Program (for undergraduates)

WISE/WISSH (for female graduate students and postdoctoral scholars)


Small grants & research support

Diversity Innovation Funds

Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement

Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity