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Faculty Fellows Program

Important Note: Due to cuts to the IRiSS budget for 2021-22, the Faculty Fellows program has been put “on hold" until we identify additional resources to cover the cost of of our fellows.  In the meantime, as soon as Covid-19 conditions subside, we will be happy to consider requests for use of office space at the IRiSS office at 30 Alta Road.


The IRiSS Faculty Fellows Program offers Stanford faculty members assistance to start new projects, continue ongoing research, or complete publications. The program encourages faculty to explore new research areas through writing and in the classroom.

What faculty fellows do at IRiSS

Faculty fellows use their time at IRiSS to form collaborations, develop new teaching initiatives to support social science students, and attract external funding. Fellows can work on an individual or small group project. They will be expected to participate in monthly fellow lunches to share ideas and progress.

Office at IRiSS

As part of the fellowship program, faculty members may be in residence at IRiSS. This allows faculty to take advantage of the rich collegial atmosphere of an interdisciplinary group of social scientists. Our location in the foothills allows faculty to “get away” and focus on writing and research, while still permitting them to attend campus events. Supported faculty will be informed if offices become available.


Faculty fellowships may include a course release. Please see the Program Guidelines each year for details.

Past and Present Fellows

For a list of previous Fellows, visit the IRiSS Fellows List.

For a list of current Fellows, visit the IRiSS Faculty List


An annual call for proposals is issued in late December, with a January deadline. Awards will be announced during winter quarter. We encourage faculty to submit proposals that bring together ideas and/or individuals from several departments. Faculty members conducting social science research may apply.

You may apply here to the IRiSS Faculty Fellows Application when the link is active. For deadlines and details, see the  annual call for proposals for this program below.

For further questions, contact Carolyn Ybarra.