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Sources of Financial Support

Your Academic Department at Stanford

Department offices can provide you with information about fellowships and other forms of grant assistance, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and external funding sources.

Financial support (fellowships and assistantships) varies considerably among departments, schools, and programs. Some departments provide basic support to all doctoral students to whom they offer admission. Others are unable to offer support to all admitted students. Academic merit and availability of aid are the primary considerations in the awarding of graduate financial support.

In general, Stanford financial support is reserved for doctoral students; very little non-loan support is given to students enrolled in master’s programs. Terms of aid offers are explained in department admission letters.

Patterns of support vary by program and funding source. Fellowships generally cover tuition costs and provide a living stipend for a single student. Teaching and research assistantships are a component of the educational program, typically require 20 hours per week of duties, cover a reduced tuition and pay a salary. Partial awards are offered in some circumstances.

Tuition waivers are not available; students must pay tuition not covered by a Stanford award.

U.S. students receiving Stanford awards, which cover all necessary tuition and provide a living stipend, may not work more than eight hours per week in addition to their fellowship or assistantship responsibilities. (Additional limits apply to international students.)

External Sources

The University recommends that prospective students apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial, or foundation sources for which they may be eligible. Information may be obtained from college or university financial aid or career counseling offices, from United States Information Service or Fulbright offices abroad, or from other references found in university libraries or on the internet.

Notification of external awards should be included with your application for graduate study or sent to your Academic Department when awards are announced. Stanford reserves the right to adjust its awards to students who receive external grants.

Your Financial Aid Office

If you do not qualify for aid through your department to cover all of your costs, you may want to consider borrowing from one or more education loan programs. The process for applying for loans depends on your School. Some Schools have separate financial aid operations, so you need to make sure that you apply through the correct Financial Aid Office. Follow the link listed for your School to learn about the application requirements.

Business: GSB Financial Aid Office

Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Sciences, Medicine (PhD, MS): Central Financial Aid Office, Applying for Aid

Law: Law School Financial Aid Office

Medicine (MD): Med School Financial Aid Office