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Financial Aid

PhD financial packages readily available

Our financial aid package for admitted students will be explained in greater detail when you are accepted to our program. Funding levels tend to rise slightly each year. We have recently awarded most accepted students a combination of fellowship and research assistantship appointment during the first year.

Apply for an external fellowship

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation, Hertz and Department of Defense fellowships. If the external fellowship is not sufficient to cover the standard department support level, a supplement will be provided by the university, the department or a research advisor. These fellowships strongly enhance your resume for your future career.

Master's students

Master's students do not receive fellowships and are rarely appointed to research assistantships. The Stanford University Financial Aid Office offers information about loans available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Graduate student research funds

Students employed as graduate student researchers are supported by funds from research grants and contracts obtained by faculty in the department. The selection of a research topic is carried out by mutual agreement between the student and the advisor(s). In addition to the salary, students with assistantships receive tuition and a health insurance subsidy to partially offset the cost of student health insurance premiums.

Undergraduate financial aid

Undergraduate financial support is available through Stanford University's Financial Aid Office.

Stanford Financial Aid Office

The Stanford Financial Aid office provides comprehensive information on financial aid options for both undergraduate and graduate students. You will find everything you need to know about financial aid at this website.

Stanford admissions financial aid FAQ

Stanford Undergraduate Admissions has an FAQ that answers common questions about financial aid.