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The department maintains a large and continuing program of financial aid for graduate students. Fellowship or scholarship awards for the academic year typically range from $500 to $57,000. To be considered for this assistance as an entering student, it is only necessary to submit the Application for Admission to Graduate Study with supporting documents and check the “Financial Aid” checkbox on the application.

A generous student loan program is also available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. 

Teaching assistantships are normally awarded only to Engineer and PhD candidates, and can pay a salary for as much as one-half time work during the academic year. Research assistantships are also available. Engineer and PhD candidates may be able to use research results as a basis for the thesis or dissertation.

Assistantships and other basic support may be supplemented by fellowship and scholarship awards or loans.


All SoE PhD students who are in good academic standing relative to their PhD program requirements are funded to the department’s PhD standard. In all departments, this is at least equivalent to Stanford’s 20-hour-RA salary plus tuition to cover the department’s required enrollment (CEE's required enrollment is 8 units Aut/Win/Spr and 3 units Summer quarter).  Arranging for this funding is the responsibility of the department and the faculty PhD advisor, and can include fellowships, research assistantships, training grants and teaching assistantships.

Often, our PhD students apply for and may receive individual fellowships which can reduce the department’s or advisor’s cost of funding.  In these cases, the guarantee of funding to the student will include the fellowship award and additional support from the department/advisor to reach the department-standard level.  For educational purposes, departments and advisors may encourage their students to apply for such fellowships and provide resources to strengthen their applications; however, no department or faculty member may require students to obtain external individual funding or to “self-fund” as a condition of admission, entry to or continuation in the Ph.D.


The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department selectively awards several merit-based department fellowships to entering graduate students. These fellowships often cover tuition only. To be considered for this assistance as an entering student, it is only necessary to submit the Application for Admission to Graduate Study with supporting documents and check the “Financial Aid” checkbox on the application. Notification regarding fellowships is sent to recipients in March and April.

Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF)

This prestigious, three-year university award is intended for outstanding candidates in graduate study leading to the PhD. The fellowship is selectively awarded to entering graduate students who are pursuing (or plan to pursue) a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The award provides a quarterly stipend and tuition for eight to 10 units per quarter for 12 quarters. The selection process is demanding, requiring nomination and confirmation by both department and university committees. 

Graduate Fellowship

The School of Engineering and Department Fellowships are awarded to entering CEE graduate students. Awards are based upon merit achievement including undergraduate academic performance and research potential. Recipients receive eight to 10 units of tuition per quarter and a quarterly stipend for anywhere from three to five quarters.

We strongly recommend that students apply for fellowships from outside resources such as the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, as well as many other possible sources.

School of Engineering Coterm Fellowship Opportunity (only Stanford engineering undergraduate majors who are admitted to a School of Engineering Coterm program are eligible for this opportunity)

The School of Engineering is able to offer a limited number of coterm fellowships. SoE accepts fellowship applications from admitted coterms who demonstrated substantial financial need as undergraduates, and whose eligibility for undergraduate aid is running out.   See School of Engineering coterm financial aid page for more information regarding the selection criteria, and the Engineering coterminal fellowship page for the application deadlines and the links to the application materials. 


Wade Scholarship Program 

For Stanford's admitted (and applying) School of Engineering students, the WSP scholarship offers full financial support and the advocacy of Stanford alumni focused on increasing the numbers of students of African descent in STEM fields at Stanford.


Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Join dozens of Stanford Engineering students who gain valuable leadership skills in a multidisciplinary, multicultural community as Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS).

KHS admits up to 100 select applicants each year from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders ready to address complex global challenges. As a scholar, you join a distinguished cohort, participate in up to three years of leadership programming, and receive full funding for up to three years of your studies at Stanford.

Candidates of any country may apply. KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years, and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to KHS. Stanford PhD students may also apply to KHS during their first year of PhD enrollment.

If you aspire to be a leader in your field, we invite you to apply. The KHS application deadline is October 12, 2022. Learn more about KHS admission.



Research Assistantships

Research assistantships (RAs) are available to continuing MS and PhD Students, and more rarely, new graduate students. In most cases, assistantships 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. A majority of Research Assistants are in the PhD program; there are occasional RA appointments available for MS students who have a firm commitment to attaining a PhD.

Research assistants typically receive eight to 10 units of tuition coverage and a salary (paid twice a month, subject to state and federal tax withholding) in exchange for up to 20 hours of work per week. Some students opt to work fewer hours per week, and their salary and tuition benefits are adjusted accordingly. For the PhD program, incoming students are awarded RA positions based upon the information provided in their admissions application. Current students should contact faculty members to arrange research assistantships.

Teaching and Course Assistantships

Teaching/Course assistantships are offered primarily to continuing students and to a very limited number of entering graduate students. TA/CAs typically provide recipients with tuition coverage of eight to 10 units and a monthly salary (paid twice a month, subject to state and federal withholding), requiring up to 20 hours of work per week. Reduced hours may also be available, with salary and tuition benefits adjusted accordingly. 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 Center for Teaching and Learning.

Students who have been offered an assistantship should refer to the CEE Graduate Handbook for details on how to get paid.

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Graduate Student Loans

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for need-based loans. Information regarding student loans and application packets can be obtained by calling the Stanford University Financial Aid Office at (650) 723-3058 or emailing