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All ICME PhD students who are in good standing relative to ICME's program requirements will be funded to the department’s standard for the duration of their program. PhD students will be funded through a combination of fellowships and research or teaching assistantships during the course of their program and will receive specific information about their funding package upon admission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships. 

ICME does not offer guaranteed financial support for MS students.


Stanford Graduate Fellowship

The Stanford Graduate Fellowship is a prestigious, three-year University award intended for outstanding candidates in graduate study in science and engineering leading to the PhD. The fellowship is selectively awarded to entering graduate students who are pursuing a PhD in ICME. The award provides a quarterly stipend and tuition for 8-10 units per quarter for 12 quarters. Admitted students to the doctoral program are automatically considered for this fellowship.

School of Engineering (SoE) Fellowship

The School of Engineering and Department Fellowships are awarded to some entering ICME PhD students. Recipients receive 8-10 units of tuition per quarter and a quarterly stipend for four quarters.

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 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 KHS's leadership program, 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 9, 2024. Learn more about KHS admission.

External Fellowships

ICME highly recommends that students apply for fellowships from outside resources. The following selected list of external fellowships may be relevant to ICME students. Application deadlines for external fellowships are not controlled by ICME; please be sure to learn about application timelines via the links provided below:


Stanford offers two types of assistantship appointments: Research and Teaching.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships (RAs) are available to MS and PhD 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 RAs are in the PhD program; there are occasional RA appointments available for MS students. ICME does not guarantee any form of funding support for MS students.

Research Assistants typically receive 8-10 units of tuition coverage and a monthly salary to cover living expenses (paid semi-monthly and subject to state and federal tax withholding) in exchange for 20 hours of work per week (50% RA). Some students opt to work fewer hours per week; their salary and tuition benefits are adjusted accordingly. Information on tuition rates is available from: Engineering Tuition Rates

Teaching and Course Assistantships

Teaching/Course Assistantships (TA/CAs) are offered only to continuing students by ICME. These assistantships can only be arranged once you are a registered student, and are negotiated one quarter in advance. TA/CAs typically provide recipients with tuition coverage of 8-10 units and a monthly salary (paid semi-monthly and subject to state and federal tax withholding), requiring 20 hours of work per week (50% TA/CA). Reduced hours (10 hours per week, 25% TA/CA) may also be available, with salary and tuition benefits adjusted accordingly. TA/CAs must attend the TA Orientation offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Financial Aid

The only form of financial aid available is in the form of student loans. In order to qualify, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Information regarding student loans and application packets can be obtained by visiting the Financial Aid Office website. Information on sources of financial support including fellowships, assistantships, and outside awards is available from the Graduate Admissions section of the Registrar's Office.