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.

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.

List of institutions from which a course choice may be made:
Local Educational and other Opportunities.

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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 37th year and has provided nearly $200,000 in educational grants to close to 600 international spouses. In the 2021-2022 academic year, 25 spouses from 20 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 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. The recipients will complete their classes by December 2022.

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

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