Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford University


FSI Senior Fellow Tom Fingar flanked by 2012-2013 CISAC Honors Students Ryan Mayfield and Vaeme Afokpa in front of the White House.
Photo credit: James Kamp


Complementing its research mission, FSI plays an important role in education. FSI supports the teaching of Stanford undergraduate and graduate students, provides fellowships for researchers around the world, and develops educational content for K-12 and community college students.

Institute faculty teach interdisciplinary classes, including courses that cover international security in a changing world and democracy, development and rule of law. Both CISAC and CDDRL have honors programs for undergraduate students, creating a place for participants to dive into real-world practices and technical studies of development and security issues.  For graduate students, FSI helps administer the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS). IPS is a two-year master’s and professional program that provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience to work in the analysis, recommendation, design and implementation of international policy.

FSI also has a series of fellowships to help scholars at Stanford and from other institutions improve their grasp of international studies. They offer support for overseas research, dissertation completion and deeper understanding of a wide range of issues from U.S.-Asian relations to nuclear security.

For three weeks a year, about 30 lawyers, politicians, activists and government officials from developing countries participate in the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program. And CISAC fellowships give professionals and practitioners a year to engage in research while participating in seminars and interacting with faculty and researchers.

FSI’s SPICE program creates multidisciplinary curriculum materials and seminars focused on international themes for community college and elementary, middle and high school students.

And by supporting programs at Crothers Hall, FSI maintains close relationships with undergraduate students even outside of more formal learning environments.