Ethics Small Grants for Graduate Students

Are you a graduate or professional student or grad student group with an idea for a program, event, or learning opportunity related to the ethical dimensions of research, career choices, and professional commitments in your department or field?

Apply for an ethics small grant!

Funding amount

Up to $1,000. If you have an idea that requires more than $1,000, please send it our way anyway. We will still consider it and may be able to connect you with other funding opportunities.

How can funds be used?

Possible expenses include but are not limited to travel costs* or fees for guest speakers, food expenses for events, creating marketing materials, or to purchase other materials needed for the program (books, software, printing, etc). 

When are the proposals due?

Inquiries invited anytime. We’ll share details about the short application with you after an initial conversation with us to make sure your idea is a good fit. Please try to submit your grant at least one month in advance of your event/program. For larger events/programs, please allow six weeks or more.

Who can apply?

Stanford graduate and professional students.


Ethics small grants for graduate students are funding opportunities to support the development of programming that increases critical thinking about the ethical and societal consequences of research and professional choices. Cross-disciplinary collaborations are also encouraged. Potential programs could include: the development of a new ethics workshop for grad students, hosting an event about the ethical issues in your field, organizing an ethics working group, among many other possibilities. The grants are intended to support programs or events that will engage the Stanford community and/or other graduate students, not for individual research or projects. 


Please contact the Ethics, Society, & Technology Hub Program Manager, Ashlyn Jaeger (, or the Center for Ethics in Society Research Director, Anne Newman (, if you’d like to apply or have any questions.

Grant Recipient Projects

Recipients: Caroline Ferguson, Kristen Green, & Meghan Shea (E-IPER grad students)

Project: Ethics in Authorship

Authorship is the currency of academia. Thus, the approach taken to authorship and author order is a crucial ethical problem facing academics across disciplines and at every career stage. Scholars have taken many creative approaches to authorship, including games, outright parody, and circumvention. Others have attempted to “stay with the trouble” of authorship, advancing feminist, decolonizing, and anti-racist approaches. We will explore the ethics of authorship in a 4-week series in fall 2021, with guest lectures open to all, paired with more intimate journal club comprised of diverse students to dive deeper.

Recipients: Joan O’Bryan and Cesar Valenzuela

Project: The Queer Theory Reading Group 

The Queer Theory Reading Group meets once a month to read texts that have transformed the field of feminism and gender studies. We explore the texts both within their own context, asking what interventions the texts were making in their own discourses, as well as looking to how these texts might interact with contemporary norms, and the ways that they - sometimes surprisingly - meet or defy our expectations of them. 

Recipients: Kengthsagn Louis

Project: The Caribbean Studies Reading Group (CSRG) 

The Caribbean Studies Reading Group (CSRG) engages students across campus who are passionate about Caribbean Studies. The group fills a void among Stanford student groups for scholarly discourse about the Caribbean by engaging with the history, culture, art, and epistemologies of countries from the region through an interdisciplinary perspective. This quarter, we are reading and discussing extracts from Frantz Fanon's works that are focused on ethical issues present in studies of the Black psyche and identity. Specifically, we are reading Fanon’s seminal books such as “Black Skins, White Masks” and “The Wretched of the Earth”.  The two sessions are on April 1st and May 6th, 2022, and are open to everyone.