Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I apply to the Lemann Center fellowship during the COVID pandemic?
Yes, we are currently still working through all virtual modes, you may apply to the Lemann Center fellowship during the pandemic. Please note that the Master’s application deadlines are different. To apply and view their deadlines please visit the Stanford GSE website https://ed.stanford.edu/admissions. Visiting Program deadlines are set by Lemann Center faculty directors. Our Visiting Program application deadline has been extended until December 31st, 2020.
- Which programs are available?
- Can I apply for the Visiting Program now, during the pandemic?
- How can I apply for Master’s program?
You must first apply through the Stanford GSE website, you may learn more about the MA programs they offer by visiting https://ed.stanford.edu/academics/masters. You may apply by visiting https://ed.stanford.edu/admissions. Then, once accepted, you may be considered for the Lemann Center fellowship to help support your MA program. To learn more about the fellowship MA programs we support please visit: https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/masters
- Is there an FAQ for Master program admissions?
Yes, you may view their FAQ it answers the most common program questions, deadlines and application process, financial aid questions, GRE questions, TOEFL and much more by visiting https://ed.stanford.edu/admissions/faq.
- What if my TOEFL does not meet requirements?
The requirements on English proficiency varies pending on which program you are applying to:
- If you apply to a MA program, Your TOEFL must meet the requirements and be recent within the last 18 months. TOEFL is required from all applicants whose first language is not English regardless of citizenship. Tests must be taken prior to the program’s application deadline and application submission. Self-reported scores should be recorded on the application. Exception: Individuals who have completed (not only attended) a bachelor’s degree or a master's degree (or the equivalent of either degree) at a recognized institution where all instruction is provided in English. This does not apply if the courses were completed in a country where English is spoken, though not all courses were provided in English. More details, please visit the Stanford GSE FAQ https://ed.stanford.edu/admissions/faq and scroll to the English proficiency section.
- If you apply to our Visiting Program, language skills for the Visiting Program is based on the J1 Visa requirements for English Proficiency. TOEFL is still required from all applicants whose first language is not English. However, if your TOEFL is not recent, or your score does not meet the requirements we can schedule a phone interview to assess your English the scores are from one through four (one being not satisfactory and four being above satisfactory). The minimum score to pass must be above two.
- What is the level of English Proficiency required?
- For all programs the minimum TOEFL scores required are 250 for the computer-based test, 600 for the paper-based test and 100 for the internet-based test.
- Exception: If you apply to our Visiting Scholar program, language skills on the Visiting Program is based on the J1 Visa requirements for English Proficiency. The minimum requirements still apply, however, if your TOEFL is not recent, or your score does not meet the requirements, we can schedule a phone interview to assess your English which would be another acceptable from of the English proficiency assessment. We base this on a score from 1-4 (1 being not satisfactory to 4 being above satisfactory)
- How recent must the TOEFL score be?
The TOEFL scores submitted to Stanford must be from a test taken within the last 18 months.
- How can I learn more about LDT?
You can learn more by watching our LDT info session: https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/events.
You may also learn more about LDT by visiting the program website https://ed.stanford.edu/ldt.
All other MA program websites are also available by visiting our website https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/masters.
- Do you need to have background in exact subjects to apply for this program?
Yes, your areas of interests must align with the Lemann Center’s area of research interest.
You can learn more by taking a look at the MA programs we support and by learning more about our mission statement at https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/mission and https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/lemann-center-visiting-fellowship-program-stanford.
- How does the selection process work?
The selections process in done in two stages. First you apply, then faculty reviews applications submitted it is up to their discretion whom they select. To learn specifics please visit https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/lemann-center-visiting-fellowship-program-stanford, scroll down and select the application tab.
- Are the courses in person?
Under regular circumstances, Yes. However, due to the Pandemic and health restrictions set in place our Fall2020 quarter through the end of the 2020 academic year courses will be completed online. You may find updates as to when campus will be safe to open in person classes by visiting https://healthalerts.stanford.edu/covid-19/.
- Can we reach out to past fellows for questions?
Yes, you can access the people section on our website and reach out to our alumni who have their contact information up on their profiles. You may view the profiles by visiting https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/who-we-are.
- Are IELTS scores accepted in place of the TOEFL?
No, Stanford nor the Lemann Center accept IELTS scores in lieu of the TOEFL.
- What Areas of experience does one must have before applying to MA programs?
Your areas of experience may vary as long as your research interests align with that of the Lemann Center or MA/doctoral program you apply for. To learn more about the Lemann Center programs you may visit https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/lemann-center-visiting-fellowship-program-stanford, and to learn more about the Lemann Center research interests please visit https://lemanncenter.stanford.edu/mission.
- Where can I find contact information for the Lemann Center, application deadlines, and questions?
You can find the latest announcements on our website and social media platforms listed below.