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School of Engineering and School of Medicine fellowships

The Schools of Engineering and Medicine have generously funded graduate fellowships opportunities to outstanding students in the Department of Bioengineering. This funding opportunity is intended for outstanding candidates in graduate study leading to the PhD. To be considered for assistance as an entering student, it is necessary only to submit the application for admission to our PhD program with supporting documents. Notifications on financial aid are sent to recipients in March and April.

Training grant support

The Department of Bioengineering has access to a variety of training grants sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The availability of these funding opportunities vary from year to year. To be considered for assistance as an entering student, it is necessary only to submit the Application for Admission to our PhD program with supporting documents. Notifications on financial aid are sent to recipients in March and April.

One such funded training program, currently open to Bioengineering students, is from a training grant entitled Training in Biomedical Imaging Instrumentation (TBI2). This training grant offers students educational opportunities in medical imaging sciences. Led by Program Director Norbert Pelc, ScD, and Co-Director Kim Butts Pauly, PhD, this program provides a unique focus on technology development for disease diagnosis and characterization as well as therapy planning and assessment in the following areas:

  • Hardware and software (including image reconstruction) of acquisition modalities (MR, radionuclide, ultrasound, X-ray, optical and CT imaging).
  • Quantitative image analysis and display.
  • Hybrid systems (X-ray and MR; PET and MR).
  • Imaging and therapy combined (e.g., MR and focused ultrasound or radiotherapy).

Students in this training program train with faculty from the departments of Bioengineering, Radiology, Electrical Engineering, Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics and Medicine.

Stanford Graduate Fellowships

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 and current graduate students who are pursuing (or plan to pursue) a PhD in Bioengineering. The award provides a quarterly stipend and tuition for 8-10 units per quarter for 12 quarters. The selection process is demanding, requiring nomination and confirmation by both department and university committees.

External fellowships

We strongly suggest that students apply for fellowships from outside Stanford University. Below are some of the national fellowships available for students in Bioengineering:

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
Hertz Foundation
National Science Foundation
National Institutes of Health
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

BioX fellowships

The BioX program offers fellowships to outstanding candidates in our graduate program who intend to pursue a PhD. To be considered for assistance as an entering student, it is necessary only to submit the Application for Admission to our PhD program with supporting documents. Notifications on financial aid are sent to recipients in March and April.

Siebel Scholar fellowships

The Siebel Scholars Foundation recognizes the top students from the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science and bioengineering based on exceptional leadership and academic performance. Each Siebel Scholar receives a $35,000 award as they complete their final year of graduate studies, and becomes part of a vibrant, active community of leaders who collaborate, communicate and institute meaningful change.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars fellowships

This Stanford scholarship program awards up to 100 high-achieving students every year with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford. To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by September 27, 2017, and separately apply to the department where you would like to study by November 15, 2017.

Research assistantships

Research assistantships (RAs) are provided to both entering and continuing students in the Master of Science and PhD programs. In most cases, assistantships are awarded by individual faculty who have the necessary research funding.

Research assistants typically receive 8-10 units of tuition coverage and a monthly stipend (paid semi-monthly and subject to state and federal tax withholding), in exchange for 20 hours of work per week. RAs that provide less stipend and tuition coverage, and that require fewer hours of work per week, are also available. Entering students are awarded RA positions based upon the information provided in their admissions application. Current students typically contact faculty members to arrange research assistantships.

Teaching and course assistantships

Teaching/course assistantships are offered primarily to continuing students and to a limited number of entering graduate students. TA/CAs typically provide recipients with tuition coverage of 8-10 units and a monthly stipend (paid semi-monthly and subject to state and federal withholding). 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.

Graduate student loans

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for need-based loans. Information on student loans and application packets is at the Financial Aid Office website.

Other resources

  • FastWeb (Financial Aid Search Through the WEB) — an online searchable database of more than 180,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans for graduate and postdoctoral students.
  • GrantsNet