Funding Options

Outside Funding

Some graduate students qualify for outside funding from national organizations, local civic groups and foundations of many types.

Outside Fellowships/Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office will assist with processing the funding you bring from outside sources.

If you have obtained outside funding, you should instruct the funding agency to make checks payable to Stanford University and mail them to:

Financial Aid Office
Montag Hall
355 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6106

Billing Needs

If your funding agency requires billing from Stanford, you should ask them to complete a Third Party Contract Application and mail or fax it to the Student Financial Services office. See the Third Party Sponsor Invoicing page for information about the application and payment processes for third party sponsors.

Nationally Competitive Fellowships

Many Stanford graduate students obtain funding from nationally competitive fellowship programs. Below is a table with information about some of the fellowships available to Stanford students.

Fellowship Description Support Provided Key Dates Contact

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 months to 1 year.

Stipend: $3,000/monthly
Transportation Benefit: up to $2,000
On-line Application Opens: July
Application Due: September
SCGSR Contact form

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

Tuition: Full Support
Stipend: $36,000
Allowance: Yr 1 - $5,000, Renewal Yrs. - $1,000
Deadline: Anticipated January pending federal budget

Krell Institute
1609 Golden Aspen Drive, Ste. 101
Ames, Iowa 50010

DOE CSGF Contact form

Environmental Protection Agency

NCER's Science to Achieve Results or STAR program funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. The program engages the nation’s best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA’s own outstanding intramural research program and those of our partners in other federal agencies.

Tuition: $12,000
Stipend: $25,000
Allowance: $5,000
Deadline: November NCER Contact form

Ford Fellowship

Through its Fellowship Program, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. Administered by the National Research Council (NRC) since 1979, these programs provide fellowship support at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who can demonstrate superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Pre-doctoral Stipend: $24,000
Dissertation Stipend: $25,000
Deadline: November Fellowships Office, Keck 576
National Research Council 500 Fifth St., NW
Washington, DC 20001


This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. This program holds an annual competition.

Pre-doctoral Stipend: $24,000
Dissertation Stipend: $25,000
Deadline: November

Key Staff
Dr. Pamela J. Maimer
T: 202-502-7704
F: 202-502-7860

General Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of Education, OPE International And Foreign Language Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
1990 K Street, N.W., Rm 6100
Mail Stop K-OPE-6-6078
Washington, DC 20006

Howard Huges Medical Institute - Gilliam

The goal of the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program is to ensure the development of a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in science, including college and university faculty, who have the responsibility to teach the next generation of scientists. Students are chosen for their academic excellence, scientific potential, and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

Tuition: $10,000
Stipend: $30,000
Allowance: $3,000
Deadline: February

Howard Huges Medical Institute - International

This fellowship program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies. Participation is by invitation only. Nominated students must be in their second or third year of study to apply for the fellowship. To activate the fellowship, students must be in the third or fourth year of a PhD program at one of the designated institutions. Students in the first, second, or fifth year of their PhD programs cannot activate the fellowship. In no case will support be provided past year five of a PhD program.

Tuition: $10,000
Stipend: $30,000
Allowance: $3,000
Deadline: February

Hertz Foundation

Providing unique financial and fellowship support to the nation’s most remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Hertz Fellows become innovators and leaders serving in ways that benefit us all. The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend.

The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.

Option 1 - Five Year Hertz
Tuition: Full support
Stipend: $32,000
Option 2 - Five Year Coordinated
Tuition: Full Support
Stipend (2 years): $38,000
Other Fellowship Period
Supplemental Hertz Stipend (3 years): $6,000
On-line Application Opens: August
Application Due: Fall
Hertz Foundation
2300 First St, Ste 250
Livermore, CA 94550

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

Thse graduate fellowship proposals, entitled NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA's scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate's four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics. NESSF awards are made initially for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds. The three-year period is the maximum length a student may receive support from the NESSF program in pursuing a master's or Ph.D.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Maximum Annual Award: $30,000 Deadline: February

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

This call for graduate student fellowship applications, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2015 (NSTRF15), solicits applications from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s (e.g., M.S.) or doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research and will improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing the Nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies. Selected candidates will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and/or at nonprofit U.S. Research and Development (R&D) laboratories. In addition to his or her faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged researcher who will serve as the student’s research collaborator. Through this collaboration, students will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their educational and career objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts, directly disseminate their research results within the NASA/nonprofit U.S. R&D lab community, and enhance their understanding of the research process.

Maximum Annual Award: $78,000 Deadline: November

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance).

Tuition: Full Support
Stipend: Yr 1 - $30,500
Yr 2 - $31,000
Yr 3 - $31,5000
Institutional Medical: $1,000
Deadline: December American Society for Engineering Education
1818 N Street N.W., Ste 600
Washington, DC 20036
T: 202-649-3831

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

Tuition: $12,000
Stipend: $32,000
Deadline: Late October-early November 866-673-4737
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