Founded in 1985, the Spouse Education Fund (SEF) awards grants of $100 to $500 to enable international spouses or partners with financial need to take advantage of local academic and professional-development opportunities.


For Internationals

The grants are intended to provide spouses with encouragement and financial support to take a class or to pursue a personal or professional interest. The 2019 grantees and fund sponsors are in the above photograph.

Female international spouse SEF grantee and her proud husband.

Applications are restricted to spouses or partners of current Stanford international students, post-docs and visiting scholars on F-2 and J-2 visas. Spouses of Stanford employees are not eligible. Neither the applicant nor the spouse can hold American citizenship.

To participate

Applications will be accepted from Friday, October 2 through noon on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. We encourage you to apply early.

The Spouse Education Fund Committee will review all applications. Short online interviews for applicants will be scheduled from Wednesday, November 18 through Friday, November 20, 2019.

For more information contact:

For CCIS Volunteers

Many Stanford international spouses put their careers on hold while their spouse pursues academic studies at Stanford. The Spouse Education Fund program offers a grant (usually sufficient to take one course) so that the spouse can partake in academic enrichment.

SEF Chairwoman and her two female volunteer committee members. 

The SEF program is celebrating its 34th year and has provided nearly to $200,000 in educational grants to close to 600 international spouses. In the 2019-2020 academic year, 44 spouses from 23 countries received grants.

The SEF is the only CCIS program that invites specific funding from the community. Each summer the SEF program solicits donations from CCIS members and the community. These funds (except those earmarked for the SEF Endowment) are distributed as grants late in the Fall Term to international spouses who have applied to and been interviewed by the Spouse Education Fund Committee.

It is a privilege to know these accomplished and interesting spouses, and to learn about and support their interests and goals. The impact of SEF grants on the lives of the recipients goes far beyond the monetary value of the award.

To participate

For more information contact: