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.

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Stipend: $3,000/monthly
  • Transportation Benefit: up to $2,000

Key Dates

  • On-line Application Opens: July
  • Application Due: September

More Information

SCGSR Website

Contact

SCGSR Contact form

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Tuition: Full Support
  • Stipend: $36,000
  • Allowance: Yr 1 - $5,000; Renewal Yrs. - $1,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: Anticipated January pending federal budget

More Information

Krell Institute; 1609 Golden Aspen Drive, Ste. 101, Ames, Iowa 50010, 515-956-3696

Contact

DOE CSGF Contact form

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Tuition: $12,000
  • Stipend: $25,000
  • Allowance: $5,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: November

More Information

EPA Website

Contact

NCER Contact form

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Pre-doctoral Stipend: $24,000
  • Dissertation Stipend: $25,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: November

More Information

Ford Fellowship

Contact

Fellowships Office, Keck 576, National Research Council 500 Fifth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-334-2872 Infoell@nas.edu

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Pre-doctoral Stipend: $24,000
  • Dissertation Stipend: $25,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: November

More Information

Fulbright-Hays

Contact

  • Dr. Pamela J. Maimer, E-mail: ddra@ed.gov, T: 202-502-7704, F: 202-502-7860
  • 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

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Tuition: $10,000
  • Stipend: $33,000
  • Allowance: $3,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: February

More Information

Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Gilliam

Contact

Gilliam@hhmi.org

Description

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.

Support Provided

Option 1
  • Hertz Tuition: Full support
  • Stipend: $34,000
Option 2
  • Coordinated Tuition: Full Support
  • Stipend (2 years): $40,000
  • Other Fellowship Period Supplemental Hertz Stipend (3 years): $8,000

Key Dates

  • On-line Application Opens: August
  • Application Due: Fall

More Information

Hertz Foundation

Contact

Hertz Foundation, 2300 First St, Ste 250, Livermore, CA 94550, T:925-373-1642, F:925-373-6329

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Maximum Annual Award: $45,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: February

More Information

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

Contact

hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Maximum Annual Award: $80,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: November

More Information

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

Contact

hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov

Description

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).

Support Provided

  • Tuition: Full Support
  • Stipend: Yr 1 - $30,500, Yr 2 - $31,000, Yr 3 - $31,5000
  • Institutional Medical: $1,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: December

More Information

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate

Contact

American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street N.W., Ste 600, Washington, DC 20036, Email: ndseg@asee.org, T: 202-649-3831, F:202-265-8504

Description

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.

Support Provided

  • Tuition: $12,000
  • Stipend: $34,000

Key Dates

  • Deadline: Late October-early November

More Information

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Contact

866-673-4737 info@nsfgrfp.org

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Updated on October 6, 2020 12:41 PM