Fellowships and Assistantships
Fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships are important parts of the educational program for graduate students at Stanford. Schools and/or departments determine eligibility for University fellowships and assistantships on the basis of academic merit, program, and the availability of funds. Some departments admit only those students to whom they can offer support or who have guaranteed funds from outside sources. Other departments may offer admission without being able to provide fellowship or assistantship funding.
Fellowship and assistantship funding is provided so that students may focus on their studies; concurrent employment is therefore limited. Students with full assistantships are limited to eight additional hours of employment per week. Students on full fellowships may be paid for up to eight additional hours per week, or may hold a supplemental assistantship appointment up to a maximum of 25% with no additional hourly employment. International students who have Stanford assistantships may not work more than 20 hours per week, including the time required for their assistantship appointments. In Summer Quarter, graduate students who are not required to enroll full-time may be allowed additional employment.
Application procedures and deadlines for admission and University funding are described in the Guide to Graduate Admission and at http://gradadmissions.stanford.edu. Fellowships and assistantships are normally awarded to incoming students between March 15 and April 15, in accordance with the Council of Graduate Schools resolution. Acceptance of University funding obliges the student to inform the department of any additional funds received; in such cases, Stanford funding may be adjusted (see "Outside Fellowships" below). Recipients of all graduate fellowships and assistantships must enroll in courses for each quarter of their appointment. Students may make arrangements with Student Financial Services to have their assistantship salary credited directly to the University bill through a payroll deduction plan.
Many graduate students hold fellowships won in national competition from outside agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Information on application procedures and terms of such fellowship programs may be obtained from the applicant's current academic institution or the national office of the agency administering the program. A student who receives support from an outside source must notify his or her Stanford academic department immediately; Stanford funding may be adjusted.