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Shoucheng Zhang Graduate Fellowship

Zhang Fellowship

The Shoucheng Zhang Graduate Fellowship supports outstanding doctoral students who are pursuing innovative, interdisciplinary research in the broad field of quantum science and engineering.
by Nomination
Eligibility: Incoming Doctoral Students
Nomination Period: Winter quarter
Duration: Three years


The goal of the Shoucheng Zhang Graduate Fellowship is to support outstanding doctoral students who are pursuing innovative, interdisciplinary research in the broad field of quantum science and engineering, reflecting innovative work at the intersection of these domains. 

In addition to providing tuition and stipend support, the fellowship provides opportunities for Fellows to exchange ideas with other Zhang Fellows and interact with Stanford faculty. Zhang Fellows are members of an outstanding, cross-disciplinary community of scholars at Stanford.

Nominations Process:

Students must be nominated for the Zhang Fellowship by their degree program. Nominees are students who are newly admitted to an eligible science or engineering degree programs and whose research will be focused on the broad field of quantum science and engineering. Fellows are selected each year by a group of faculty that focus on quantum science and engineering research.

Fellowship Terms

To complement the academic requirements and recruitment needs of different disciplines, several configurations of the Shoucheng Zhang 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 Fellowship

The standard three-year (12 quarter) fellowship provides support for four quarters each year. Fellows receive a stipend and tuition support for minimum full-time enrollment. The 2024-25 annual stipend is set at $54,800 annually, $13,700 per quarter.

Modified Three-Year Fellowship (School of Engineering)

Engineering degree programs decide locally whether to offer newly admitted students the 11-quarter modified configuration as an alternative to, or, in place of, the standard 12-quarter configuration. All fellows who are offered or who select the modified configuration receive maximum tuition (11-18 units) for the first three quarters and minimum full-time tuition for the next eight quarters of the fellowship. They receive the VPGE stipend for all 11 quarters. Any student whose fellowship offer includes the option to select the modified configuration must do so by the Final Study List Deadline of their first quarter of enrollment.

Eligible Shoucheng Zhang Graduate Fellowship Departments:

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Applied Physics
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Earth System Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Energy Science and Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Management Science & Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics

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Students must be nominated by an eligible degree program to be considered for a Zhang fellowship. Nominees are newly admitted students.

See list below for eligible departments.

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