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Resources and Financial Support

Prospective applicants: Please see the Geophysics Admissions website for information about funding: Geophysics Graduate Admissions

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.


Stanford Support Programs

The University has created programs specifically for graduate students dealing with challenging financial situations. More information can be found on their website: Stanford Financial Aid Support Programs. Payroll deduction information can be found on this website: Payroll Deduction

Breadth Requirement (formally called Second Project) Funding

The Department provides up to $1,000 to be used for the breadth requirement.  The funds can be used to support research and to present results. Students should consult with their advisor and secondary research advisor for guidance on funding support.


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

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

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

Rachael Madison
Assistant Director of Student Services

Have questions?

If you still have questions regarding funding, please contact Rachael Madison at 

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