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Graduate Fee Waivers

If you are considering applying to Stanford graduate programs and need assistance with the application fees, consider applying for a fee waiver.  Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or permanent residents who obtain GRE fee reduction certificate.

Graduate Fee Waivers

Estimated Expense Budget

The estimated expense budget provides information about the cost of graduate tuition and estimated living expenses for the current academic year. 

Estimated Expense Budget

Health Insurance Subsidy

The University’s Cardinal Care student health insurance plan is managed by the Vaden Health Center.  The Financial Aid Office administers an automatic University-wide subsidy program for Graduate students.

Health Insurance Subsidy

Research Assistantships

Research assistantships (RAs) are available to continue PhD Students.  RAs are awarded by individual faculty who have the necessary research funding. Typically, students who have successfully arranged for an RA appointment have secured it by contacting a faculty member directly.    
Stanford’s 20-hour-RA salary

Teaching and Course Assistantships

Teaching/course assistantships are offered primarily to continuing students and to a limited number of entering graduate students.  TA/CA-ships are offered by individuals who have been allocated the necessary funds to hire a TA/CA. TA/CAs must attend the TA Orientation offered by the ChemE Department and the  Center for Teaching and Learning.

Policies Governing Teaching Assistantship and Teaching Affiliate Appointments

 Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The education of Knight-Hennessy Scholars is funded for up to three years for any graduate degree(s) at Stanford to which you are admitted at the time you are selected as a scholar. We encourage applications to Knight-Hennessy Scholars from residents of all countries as we expect Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have a global impact. Knight-Hennessy Scholars program

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) Doctoral Fellowships

The VPGE office provides competitive funding to support individual doctoral students, student groups, and department-based projects. Our funding opportunities promote innovation, diversity, and excellence in graduate education. The fellowships and the funding opportunities listed in the links are administered or funded by the VPGE office.

VPGE Fellowships  
ARCS: Achievement Rewards for College Scientists
CCSRE: Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Graduate Fellowships
DARE: Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence
EDGE: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship Program
Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship
SGF: Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science & Engineering
SIGF: Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship

VPGE Funding Opportunities
DDRO: Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity
DIF: Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds
Recruitment Support to Departments
SCORE: Strengthening the Core
SPICE: Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement

Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF) in Science & Engineering

The SGF program supports outstanding incoming and continuing doctoral students in science and engineering. Each year, SGF awards approximately 100 fellowships providing stipends and tuition support to outstanding students pursuing doctoral degrees in science and engineering.
 SGF Funding Opportunities

NIH Training Grant Resources

The Stanford School of Medicine's Research Management Group is leading an effort to develop an application (accessible by anyone at the School of Medicine) that will collect and organize data needed for the tables (1-8) of an NIH T32 Training Grant application.
NIH Training Grant Resources

Bio-X fellowships

The Stanford Bio-X Graduate Fellowship Program provides current Stanford graduate students whose research interests are interdisciplinary in nature with three years of funding support. 
Bio-X fellowships


For many students and families, educational loans are a necessary part of the process of paying for college. The Financial Aid Office offers and certifies loans for students. All loan programs offer low-interest rates, deferment and forbearance options, and a maximum repayment period between 10 and 25 years.
Learn more about Loans

Outside Funding - Nationally Competitive Fellowship Programs and Other Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

NSF GRFP website

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

Awarded by the Department of Defense to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. 

NDSEG website

Hertz Foundation

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.


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.

Ford Fellowship

U.S. Department Of Energy
Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission.

 SCGSR Program

GEM Fellowship Program

GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and PhD levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers fellowships without paid summer internships through our GEM University and Associate Fellowship programs.

GEM Fellowship

American Association of University Women (AAUW) 

Grants are open to scholars who identify as women and who are conducting basic research in engineering, medicine, or physical or biological sciences. AAUW follows the National Science Foundation’s definition of basic research: “activity aimed at acquiring new knowledge or understanding without specific immediate commercial application or use.”

AAUW Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine, and Science