Stanford University
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Geophysics

Understanding Earth. Benefitting Society.

Financial Support

To be considered for funding upon admission, simply check the box on the admissions application that indicates that you wish to be considered for financial aid; there are no additional forms or materials to be submitted beyond the regular application.

Almost all graduate students admitted to Geophysics receive substantial financial aid from combinations of departmental fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, and other sources; tuition is generally paid by the department.

The department's funding package covers up to 10 units of tuition and provides a quarterly stipend.

External Funding

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships, such as the National Science FoundationDepartment of Energy, or Department of Defense fellowships. If the external fellowship is not sufficient to cover the standard department support level, a supplement will be provided by the University, the department or a research advisor. These fellowships strongly enhance your resume for your future career.

Fellowship & Grant Opportunities

Shell Travel Funds - The Shell Foundation provides funds for students in the Department of Geophysics who travel in relation to the academic work they are doing. This can be to deliver a research paper to a professional meeting or to conduct field work related to the research project you are doing to earn your degree. Funds are generally limited to one time per student per academic year.

ApplicationShellFundApplication.pdf

Additional Support at Stanford

Explore the wide range of funding opportunities available to Geophysics graduate students

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McGee and Levorsen Research Grant Program
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Created to fund innovative, pioneering research projects that would not be possible without these grants

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VPGE Fellowship & Funding
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Supporting individual doctoral students, student groups, and department-based projects that promote innovation, diversity, and excellence in graduate education

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Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies
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Encouraging interdisciplinary approaches in areas related to the global issues of growth in world population, changes in the environment, use of resources, and attainment of sustainable economic development

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The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Provides funding for student-initiated research and for student participation in conferences

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Rachael Madison
Assistant Director of Student Services

Have questions?

If you still have questions regarding funding, please contact Rachael Madison at rmadison@stanford.edu 

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