The deadline for graduate application to the Ph.D. degree program is December 7, 2021. Successful applicants for the Ph.D. program may enter only in Autumn Quarter of the following academic year. It is the Department of Anthropology’s policy not to defer graduate admission. The GRE test scores are not required by the department for admission to the Ph.D. degree program in Anthropology. Additional department application requirements and procedures are required. Please consult the department Graduate Admissions webpage.
Beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, Ph.D. students are eligible to receive University funding support during the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters in cohort year one through five of the Ph.D. degree program. Funding support is provided conditionally based on the Department’s evaluation of individual student time to degree completion and degree progress. San Francisco Bay Area residency during the Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters in academic cohort years one through five is required for eligibility to receive funding, with exceptional consideration for academic year(s)/quarters dedicated to approved dissertation-related research beginning in year four. The Department of Anthropology endeavors to provide additional financial support (through fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships) to all students who maintain satisfactory degree progress in years one through five of the Ph.D. program.
First-year students who have not obtained a graduate degree previous to entering the Ph.D. program and who have not obtained extramural funding previous to entering the Ph.D. program, are required to submit one extramural funding application to a funding agency (i.e. NSF GRFP, or other similar funding application) supporting graduate doctoral training (for example, funding support for graduate training during the first three years of the Ph.D. degree program) by the first day of finals week in the Autumn Quarter of the first year. First-year students who have graduate work or who have obtained a graduate degree previous to entering the Ph.D., or who are foreign national students, may be ineligible to submit a funding application for graduate training. In this circumstance, first-year students are required to draft a funding proposal equivalent to the NSF GRFP for submission to the first-year faculty mentors by the first day of finals week in the Autumn Quarter of the first year.
To confirm eligibility for the standard Summer Quarter funding in the First year or Second year, Ph.D. students submit the Summer Quarter Funding Support in the First and Second of the Ph.D form, inclusive of an approved pre-dissertation research proposal, on or by May 15 in the Spring Quarter of the first and second years.
Entering Third-year students must submit three dissertation research funding proposals to the faculty adviser for approval by the first day of finals week in the Autumn Quarter. Third-year Ph.D. students must submit an approved extramural funding proposal to at least three distinct funding agencies (usually the NSF DDRIG, the Wenner Gren, the SSRC, and either Fulbright or Fulbright Hays) by the end of the Summer Quarter in the third year.
To confirm eligibility for standard Summer Quarter funding in the Third year, Fourth or Fifth years, Ph.D. students submit the Summer Quarter Funding Support in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Years of the Ph.D form inclusive of the approved Dissertation research proposal, on or by May 15 in the Spring Quarter of the respective year.
A department offer of sixth-year teaching affiliateship is dependent on the availability of funds and circulation of a call for teaching affiliates during the fifth year of the Ph.D. Teaching Affiliate assignment may be given at the discretion of the curriculum committee.Program Learning Outcomes
The Ph.D. degree is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research and analysis in Anthropology. Through completion of advanced course work and rigorous skills training, the doctoral program prepares students to make original contributions to the knowledge of Anthropology and to interpret and present the results of such research.Advising Expectations
The Department of Anthropology is committed to providing academic advising supportive of graduate student scholarly and professional development. When most effective, this advising entails collaborative and sustained engagement by both the advisor and the advisee. As a best practice, advising expectations should be periodically discussed and reviewed to ensure mutual understanding. Both the advisor and the advisee are expected to maintain professionalism and integrity. The department strongly encourages Ph.D. students to work with a variety of faculty throughout their degree program at Stanford. This expectation begins with the entering first-year Ph.D. student. First-year Ph.D. students are encouraged to meet with a number of faculty including those who work outside of the student’s proposed area of geographic/topical foci. This ‘big tent’ style of advising should include faculty members, both within and outside of the department.
Entering first-year Ph.D. students are assigned one or more first-year Ph.D. faculty mentor(s). Faculty mentors serve as guides by suggesting academic and research training, providing feedback for development of a (pre)dissertation proposal, making referrals, writing letters of recommendation, and reminding students of their academic and administrative responsibilities.
At the end of the first year and no later than the end of the Autumn Quarter in the second year, Ph.D. students are expected to select a primary faculty advisor: someone who will thereafter serve as a confidant and sounding board in numerous ways, such as when it comes to selecting courses, designing and conducting research, developing of teaching pedagogy, navigating policies and degree requirements, and exploring academic opportunities and professional pathways.
Graduate students should be active contributors to advising relationships, proactively seeking academic and professional guidance and taking responsibility to the best of their ability for informing themselves of academic policies and degree requirements for their graduate program. For additional information, please see the department reference, Best Practice Reference for Academic Advising: Guidelines for Graduate Students and Faculty.
For a statement of University policy on professional conduct, see the section of the bulletin, guidelines for addressing graduate student professional conduct.
For a statement of University policy on graduate advising, see the Graduate Advising section of the bulletin.External Credit Policies
Under supervision by a faculty advisor and committee, the Department allows Ph.D. students to develop a flexible program reflecting special research interests chosen by the student. Students are encouraged to plan for completion of all work for the Ph.D. in five years. Matriculation in the Ph.D. is full-time, only. In order to be eligible for University funding support, students must reside in the Bay Area during the Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarters of academic years one through three, and through the academic year five. Ph.D. students in Anthropology must complete a minimum of 135 quarter units with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B).
The maximum allowable number of transfer units is 45. Students who completed graduate coursework at another institution may initiate the process of transferring course units in the Winter quarter of their first year of doctoral study. Transfer of units will be evaluated by the Director of Graduate Studies on a course by course basis. Graduate work accepted for transfer of residency does not automatically exempt a student from having to complete a course requirement for the degree. University policies related to transfer of credit for graduate work done elsewhere is located in GAP 3.2.1 Residency Policy for Graduate Students.
Students may pursue one of two different tracks in the Anthropology Ph.D. degree program. The tracks are not declarable in Axess and do not appear on the transcript or the diploma. The tracks are:
- Culture and Society
For students who matriculate beginning 2021-2022, the requirements for the doctoral degree program include the following:
In the first year, complete the following requirements:
-submit the First-year Ph.D., Ph.D. minor, or M.A. Plan of Study form detailing intended course enrollment to be completed in the first year of the Ph.D. program, by the first day of Autumn Quarter. This form also confirms the student’s chosen track in Archaeology or in Culture and Society.
-pass six graduate level ANTHRO subject code department review courses, with a minimum grade of ‘B+’, appropriate for the student’s chosen track, within the first two years of the degree program. First year Ph.D. students will have enrolled in at least three review courses by the end of Spring Quarter in the First year. Department review courses are those seminar-style courses, usually given at the 300-level, taught by tenure-line Anthropology faculty appointed in the department. Although, theory and area studies courses are review courses, methods courses are not review courses.
– pass with a minimum grade of ‘B+’ the theory course(s) as required for the chosen track in Archaeology or Culture and Society