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Distinguished Careers Institute

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Distinguished Careers Institute
Parent institution
Stanford University
DirectorPhilip A. Pizzo
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WebsiteOfficial website

The Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) is a one-year fellowship program at Stanford University.[1] It admitted its first class in 2015 and is intended for mid-career or retired professionals.[2][3]


DCI was founded by Philip A. Pizzo, the program's director and the former dean of the Stanford School of Medicine.[2] Kathryn Gillam serves as DCI's executive director.[4] Originally affiliated with the Stanford Center on Longevity,[1] the program was announced in 2014.[5][6] DCI was one of the first such programs in the US, following the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, which launched in 2009.[7][8]

The first cohort of 24 students attended orientation in December 2014.[2][9] The sixth cohort of 32 fellows arrived in September 2019, with fellows from the US, UK, India, Singapore, Brazil, and China.[10] Through 2019, the total number of DCI Fellows numbers more than 200.[10]

Overview of program[edit]

DCI offers intergenerational learning and teaching; fellows attend classes as non-matriculating graduate students, alongside undergraduate and graduate students, although they do not receive grades.[4][7][11] The core program includes seminars, presentations, discussions, and mentorship with Stanford faculty members.[12][13] The fellows also participate in the work of interdisciplinary centers and institutes across the Stanford campus.[14]

Each academic year, approximately 25-30 fellows are selected to attend the program and enroll in classes across the university.[1] Fellows can also be joined by their spouses or life partners, who can participate in the program as DCI Partners.[14]

See also[edit]

  • Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative
  • Sloan Fellows


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Over 50 and Back in College, Preparing for a New Career". The New York Times. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  3. "Quit Your Job". The Atlantic. April 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Stanford is looking for a few good midlifers". Marketwatch. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  5. "Rethinking life's journey". Palo Alto Weekly. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  6. "Stanford Launches 'Second Career' Institute For Retirees, Because A Cruise Just Wouldn't Be Stimulating Enough". Bustle. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Baby Boomers Looking for Reinvention Try College – Again". The Wall Street Journal. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  8. "Why Elite Colleges Are Targeting Baby Boomers for New Career Programs". Money.com. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  9. "Stanford Selects First Cohort of Distinguished Careers Institute Fellows". Patch. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute announces its sixth class". Stanford News. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  11. "Distinguished Careers Institute sends accomplished professionals to Stanford classrooms". The Stanford Daily. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  12. "Distinguished Careers Institute enters third year and new phase". Stanford News. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  13. "Life, Part Two". Stanford Magazine. July 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute accepts fourth cohort". Stanford News. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2019.

External links[edit]

Category:Stanford University Category:Educational institutions established in 2014 Category:2014 establishments in California Category:Adult education in the United States

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