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Office of Graduate Education Stanford Biosciences Office of Graduate Education


2023-24 Mini Course Dates

Autumn Quarter: Monday, November 13- Friday, December 8, 2023

Winter Quarter: Monday, February 26- Friday, March 15, 2024

Spring Quarter: Wednesday, May 15- Wednesday, June 5, 2024 

Summer Quarter: Monday, July 22 – Friday, August 9, 2024

Mini-Courses Proposals Timeline

Do you have an idea for a 1-3 week course? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to propose your very own Mini-Course for Spring or Summer ’24!  PhD students, Master students and postdocs are invited to create their proposal with Bioscience faculty member sponsorship. We encourage mixed teaching teams of faculty and students and/or postdocs* to apply. Funding is available to provide teaching stipend support for trainees instructing courses.

*Postdocs should review these teaching guidelines and follow appropriate approval process.

New and returning courses must submit a form in order for the course to be considered.  We recommend preparing all of your information on instructors, course descriptions, learning goals, proposed schedule, etc. before beginning the proposal form (for reference, proposal questions can be viewed here).

If you would like to consult with the Office of Graduate Education in advance about a possible course, please contact

Mini-course proposals will be reviewed by a curriculum committee and instructors will be notified about decisions in early-November.

Funding decisions will be provided a few months after the application status notification. In order to receive support, please provide detailed information about funding amounts and purposes.

About Mini-Courses

Learn more from our April 7th Mini-Course Info Session:

These intensive, one to three week, interdisciplinary courses taught by faculty, postdocs, and students allow participants to enhance their education without requiring a full quarter’s commitment. Mini-courses address topics of high visibility and interest to the Biosciences community and utilize innovative approaches to learning, teaching, and research. In particular, Mini-courses provide opportunities to develop a broad range of scientific and professional skills, to engage in rigorous and responsible research, to promote representation & belonging, and to enhance career preparation. These themes have been recently articulated by the NIH as ways in which to modernize biomedical graduate training.

Mini-courses are scheduled during the last three weeks of fall, winter and spring quarters. Summer course scheduling is more flexible. Courses can be one, two, or three weeks in duration. If you would like to propose a new or repeat mini-course, please use the guidelines and instructions below and complete the online proposal form. You will receive an automated confirmation email when your submission is received.

Mini-Course Proposal Guidelines

Proposal Process

Contact with any mini-course questions.