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Student Funding

Graduate Level Funding Opportunities:

For Stanford Graduate Students Only

Stanford Graduate Fellowship: Three years of support competitively awarded to graduate students in science and engineering.

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship: Provides three years of support to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research. It is a competitive university-wide program overseen and administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE).

Stanford Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence: Provides support for doctoral students in their final two years to investigate and prepare for academic careers. Fellowship is targeted at students whose presence will help diversify the professoriate.

Graduate Public Service Fellowship Program: In partnership with the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, the Haas Center is continuing the Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship. The program will award fellowships to Stanford graduate students who want to explore and prepare for professorial or other careers in which they will engage in public scholarship and service. 18 fellows will receive $1,000 stipends per quarter for the 2012-2013 academic year.

For All Graduate Students

American Association of University Women, Selected Professions Fellowships: Awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low (see list below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications typically due in January for master's and first professional awards.

American Association of University Women, American Fellowships: Support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. One-year postdoctoral research leave fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and summer/short-term research publication grants are offered. Award ranges between $6000 (summer) to $30,000 (one-year postdoctoral leave). Applications typically due in November.

American Association of University Women, International Fellowships: Awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several of fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S. for members of the International Federation of University women. Support ranges from $18,000 to $30,000. Applications typically due in early December.

American Water Works Association Links to a number of scholarships and fellowships sponsored by AWWA

Boren Fellowship: Provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Covers broad range of topics addressing global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs: Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Hertz Fellowship: A fellowship that is renewable for up to five years of support for the graduate education of students of outstanding potential in the applied physical sciences. The intent is to foster the postgraduate studies of students who seem likely to become leaders in scientific and technological advances, exemplars of teaching skills in the applied physical sciences, and key contributors to the technological capability on which the well-being of the United States depends.

NDSEG: The Department of Defense supports the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, which covers tuition and required fees for three years. It also provides a yearly stipend up to $31,500. Applications typically due in January.

NSF Graduate Fellowship Program: Provides three years of funding (up to $121,500) for research-focused Masters and PhD degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Applications typically due in November.

SMART: SMART is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a DoD research facility. Scholarships awarded include a cash award of $25,000 to $41,000 a year, full tuition, required fees, health insurance allowance, and book allowance. SMART will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the DoD.

Switzer Foundation Graduate Fellowships: Supports highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. The Fellowship provides a one-year $15,000 cash award for graduate study as well as networking and leadership support to awardees. Applications typically due in January.

Undergraduate Level Funding Opportunities:

For Stanford Undergraduate Students Only

MUIR Woods: The Mentoring Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Program through the Woods Institute for the Environment is pleased to provide student stipends to Stanford undergraduates to conduct interdisciplinary environmental research during the summer quarter.

VPUE Funding: Links to several scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

Haas Center: Provides support for students interested in service learning.

Human Rights-Related Fellowships: Offered by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, as well as other campus departments and institutes.

For All Undergraduate Students

Clair A. Hill Scholarship: Each year, through the Clair A. Hill Scholarship Program, the winner of the Clair A. Hill Agency Award for Excellence awards one $5,000 scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student to be applied to tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year.

Environmental Engineers of the Future: Designed to encourage students to obtain a Masters Degree, and to increase the number of talented professionals with advanced degrees practicing in the United States, this program offers funding for students attending one of many outstanding Environmental Engineering programs across the nation, in return for a two-year employment commitment.

Future Engineers Scholarship Program: The Kelly Future Engineers Scholarship is designed to encourage student interest in engineering and to build awareness of engineering as a career path with unlimited potential.