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Financial Assistance


Financial Assistance

The Electrical Engineering department selectively awards fellowships, research and teaching assistantships to incoming and continuing students every year. Each award comes with a quarterly stipend and tuition allowance.  The details of the award will vary and be specified to the student when it is awarded. All decisions will be communicated via email. 


Fellowship awards are based upon merit achievement, including undergraduate academic performance and research potential. Recipients receive 8-10 units of tuition per quarter and a quarterly stipend, usually for up to 3 quarters. Incoming and continuing students who are admitted to the Ph.D. program will also be considered for the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, a prestigious three-year University award. More information on the Stanford Graduate Fellowship can be found online.

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


Research assistantships are available to continuing students, and more rarely, to new graduate students. Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty members who have the necessary research funding. In most cases, students who have successfully arranged for an RA appointment have secured it by contacting a faculty member directly. Research assistants typically receive 8-10 units of tuition coverage and a monthly salary in exchange for 20 hours of work per week.

Teaching assistantships are offered primarily to continuing students and to a very limited number of entering graduate students. TA appointments typically provide recipients with tuition coverage of 8-10 units and a monthly salary, requiring 20 hours of work per week. Information about becoming a teaching assistant in the EE department can be found online at:

Loans and Other Financial Information

Because not all EE students secure funding as they begin graduate studies at Stanford, we encourage students to apply for outside sources of funding.  Stanford has a Financial Aid Office that helps with loan programs and other avenues for financing graduate study.