Each year, SGF awards approximately 100 fellowships providing stipends and tuition support to outstanding students pursuing doctoral degrees in science and engineering. Since the first fellowships were awarded in 1997, over 1800 Stanford Graduate Fellows have received their PhDs from Stanford.
The program was initiated by Gerhard Casper, then President of Stanford University, and is designed to support the University's commitment to attracting the very best graduate students while reducing its dependence on federal funding for PhD training. These fellowships are available to students in the natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, engineering, the basic sciences in the School of Medicine, and those social sciences, including education, which are now dependent on federal assistantship support for their doctoral students.
Students must be nominated for the SGF by their department. Most nominees are students who are newly admitted to an eligible science or engineering department. Other nominees are promising students who have already completed a year or more of graduate study at Stanford or elsewhere, and have demonstrated excellence in doctoral level research and study.
Fellows are selected each year by the Graduate Fellowships Faculty Advisory Committee, made up of faculty from many eligible departments.
To complement the academic requirements and recruitment needs of different disciplines, several configurations of the Stanford Graduate Fellowship have been approved. The most common configurations are listed below, however, on occasion, students may be offered a fellowship configuration that differs from the examples provided and this would be noted in the student's offer letter.
Standard Three-Year SGF
The standard three-year (12 quarter) SGF provides support for four quarters each year. Fellows receive a stipend and tuition support for minimum full-time enrollment (8 to 10 units). The 2020-21 annual stipend is $48,100 or $12,025 per quarter ($46,000 or $11,500 per quarter in 2019-20).
Modified Three-Year SGF (Graduate School of Education, School of Engineering)
All newly admitted Graduate School of Education (GSE) SGFs are offered an 11-quarter modified configuration of the award. Engineering departments/programs decide locally whether to offer newly admitted students the 11-quarter Modified SGF as an alternative to, or, in place of, the standard 12-quarter configuration. All GSE and Engineering SGFs who are offered or who select the modified SGF configuration receive maximum tuition (11-18 units) for the first three quarters and minimum full-time tuition (8-10 units) for the next eight quarters of the SGF. They receive the SGF stipend for all 11 quarters. Any student in Engineering whose fellowship offer includes the option to select the modified SGF must do so by the Final Study List Deadline of their first quarter of enrollment.
Standard Two-Year SGF
The standard two-year (8 quarter) SGF provides support for four quarters each year. Fellows receive a stipend and tuition support for minimum full-time enrollment (8 to 10 units). The 2020-21 annual stipend is $48,100 or $12,025 per quarter ($46,000 or $11,500 per quarter in 2019-20).