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Graduate Opportunities

How do I get involved?

There are multiple ways for coterm, master’s, and doctoral students to be involved with the Lane Center, including participation in our numerous research opportunities, taking courses sponsored by the Center, attending Center-sponsored conferences, applying for internships, or serving as teaching assistants. We invite you to get involved if the American West is important to you, or if you’d like to learn more about this unique region of the United States.

Courses for Graduate Students

Members of the Santa Rosa City Fire Department join the 2020 environmental governance course to demonstrate real-time fire fighting tactics.

The Lane Center sponsors a variety of courses at the graduate level. Over the past two years, the Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience course has tackled real-world climate and governance issues. Check out the final projects from our courses.

Fall 2018- Sea-level rise here

Winter 2020- Wildfire here.

Thomas D. Dee II Fellowship

The Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellowship offers one year of support for a student from Stanford's School of Humanities & Sciences conducting dissertation research on the North American West. Preference will be given to a student who will be in residence in the Stanford area during the fellowship year and who will complete the PhD no later than summer quarter of the current year.

The fellowship provides TGR fees and a living stipend for three quarters. The amount of the living stipend will be determined in accordance with university policy.


  • Students in the School of Humanities and Sciences writing dissertations about the North American West
  • At time of application, student must have (1) a formally-composed dissertation committee in Axess; and (2) a dissertation prospectus approved by committee
  • By start of fellowship, (1) all required course work must be completed, including any incompletes; (2) student must be at TGR status
  • During the 2020-21 academic year, the student must (1) be enrolled all three quarters; and (2) not hold any teaching duties, research assistantships, or other employment, except as approved by the Bill Lane Center for the American West

For more information on how to apply, visit the Dee Fellows home page

Professional Development Opportunities

Shultz Energy Fellows- Internships in the West

In partnership with the Precourt Institute for EnergyHaas Center for Public Service and Stanford in Government, the Bill Lane Center administers an internship program for students interested in energy-related fields. Previously known as Stanford Internships in California and the West (SEICW), this program has been renamed the Shultz Energy Fellowship, in honor of former Secretary of State George P. Shultz. 

Click here for more information about the application process. 

The goals of this program are to:

  • Create an avenue for Stanford students interested in energy to participate in influential, paid internships with energy-related government organizations in the United States.

  • Provide municipal, state, regional and federal agencies with highly motivated Stanford students and supporting resources.

  • Promote the spirit of public service to Stanford students and encourage them to consider public service positions after graduation.

  • Educate students about the many opportunities to inform and shape critical energy policies, whether as public employees or private citizens.

  • Build connections between Stanford faculty and students and government policymakers.