Employment Issues for Students on Fellowships and Assistantships

Any awards of financial support (e.g., fellowships providing tuition and stipend, or assistantship appointments for teaching or research work) are intended to assist students while they focus on their studies. Concurrent employment is therefore limited. This underlying principle is built into university systems for the payment of student financial support.


International students on full assistantships (50% research or teaching appointments, for 20 hours of work per week) may not be employed for ANY additional hours of work during the academic year. As long as they are not enrolled over the Summer, international students may work full-time on-campus during that quarter. However, assistantships require that the student be enrolled during any quarter in which they hold an assistantship appointment, including Summer Quarter. Summer quarter assistantships are therefore limited to 90% FTE (36 hours per week), with concurrent enrollment in at least one unit.


For international students on full fellowship support, there are similar limitations on additional work hours. Individual fellowship sources may have more restrictive rules than those set by Stanford or the immigration service. For example, the Stanford Graduate Fellowships (SGF) do not allow fellowship use during any quarter in which a student is enrolled in Curricular (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please check the Stanford Graduate Fellowships page for Stanford's policy.

Please check with your department before assuming that employment is allowed while you are receiving fellowship support.

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