48 months
Tuition fee
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Stanford University Ph.D. Program in History aims to train world-class scholars.


Every year we admit 10-12 promising students from a large pool of highly selective applicants. Our small cohort size allows more individual work with faculty than most graduate programs in the United States and also enables funding in one form or another available to members of each cohort.

Key Features 

  • Our History graduate students at Stanford University may specialize in 14 distinct subfields: Africa, Britain, Early Modern Europe, East Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia, History of Science, Medicine and Technology, Jewish History, Latin America, Medieval Europe, Modern Europe,  Ottoman Empire and Middle East, South Asia (not accepting applications for AY 2021-22), Transnational, International, and Global History, and United States. Explore each field and their affiliates . 

Programme Structure

  • The department expects most graduate students to spend no less than four and no more than six years completing the work for the Ph.D. degree. 
  • Individual students' time to degree will vary with the strength of their undergraduate preparation as well as with the particular language and research requirements of their respective Major fields.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose (included in Application)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • 2 Copies of Official Transcripts from each University/College attended
  • 1 Writing Sample on a historic topic (10-25 pages; sent via Stanford's online application system only)
  • Official GRE scores sent via ETS 
  • TOEFL for all international applicants (whose primary language is not English) sent via ETS
  • Application fee $125 (subject to change)
  • Application deadline for Autumn 2021-22 is Tuesday, 

Tuition Fee

Fellowship/assistantship salary and tuition guaranteed for first five years of the program for all students, including international students 

Living costs for Stanford

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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