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Graduate Fellowships and Financial Aid

EDP serves as a clearinghouse for students to compete for graduate financial aid from a multitude of sources: university, government, foundation, and corporate. The Stanford University Graduate Fellowships fund diversity graduate students as much as possible, however, the School of Engineering Department Fellowships also provides supplemental diversity fellowship and assistantship support.

School of Engineering Excellence and Diversity Fellowships

By far the largest source of EDP university funding is awarded by the Stanford School of Engineering’s Dean’s Excellence and Diversity Fellowships.  These awards allow Stanford Engineering to essentially fund all admitted Ph.D. students, including those students who bring diversity, inclusion, equity and excellence to the School of Engineering.

Consortia and National Fellowship Programs

Stanford belongs to several national consortia that recruit and finance engineering diversity students.  The Stanford School of Engineering is the largest supporter of the Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences (GEM) and the National Physical Sciences Consortium (NPSC) Fellowships. Recently, Stanford Engineering has partnered with the Sandia National Laboratory to fund two research fellowships to Ph.D. candidates who are about to complete their Ph.D. degree.

 

School of Engineering Teaching and Course Assistantships (TAs and CAs)

With an emphasis on hiring diversity graduate students from the thousands of School of Engineering graduate students, the plan of the School of Engineering Dean’s Office, especially for the Engineering Diversity Program, is to provide undergraduate students with diversity graduate student role models in the classrooms (particularly for women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and American Indians and a broader diversity).

We partner with the School of Engineering Departments to fund diversity students with TAs/CAs for several of our engineering fundamental courses in order to assist the 250 engineering faculty members and the diversity that is already in place with the current 14 minority faculty and 30 women faculty in the School of Engineering. We believe our excellent diversity graduate students are worthy of serving as learning and intellectual role models.

Our plan is to have TAs/CAs be teaching assistants in the introductory engineering fundamental courses. These extra TAs/CAs will decrease the number of students in classroom sections while simultaneously exposing all students to top diversity talent. For example, the diversity TAs/CAs would be assigned to courses such as: The Introduction to Electronics, Programming Methodology, Introduction to Science of Materials, Dynamics, Applied Mechanics: Statics, Engineering Economy, Introduction to Chemical Engineering, Introduction to Optimization, Bioengineering, Engineering Thermodynamics etc.
 

Each TA/CA will use the award as part of their graduate support and will be required to work 20 hours per week.  Since Stanford does not have separate professors for undergraduate and graduate courses, the TAs/CAs will have prominent supervision by faculty who could eventually bring them into their research labs.

The diversity TA/CA program awards involve more than mere financial aid. The packaging of the awards ties the funding to the engineering faculty or to the EDP learning programs. Through the EDP financial aid awards and assignments, the academic experiences of diversity students are enriched. For example, a research assistantship (RA), teaching assistantship (TA), or course assistantship (CA) award provide students with teaching and research opportunities. In these assistantship assignments, diversity students are given flexibility to move back and forth from an RA-ship, TA-ship, or CA-ship as determined by the faculty sponsor and the EDP Associate Dean.  Although the program is intended mostly for Ph.D. students, it is also useful for M.S. graduate students interested in continuing on to the Ph.D. program because the funding is portable (students can negotiate to work with any tenure-track faculty member) and diversity students can connect with a research team, and most importantly, with a faculty sponsor.

More financial aid options: http://engineering.stanford.edu/current-students/edp/resources/finaid

Ph.D. Completion DARE Fellowships

The Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship objectives are to better prepare students from diverse backgrounds for faculty, and other academic careers and to have them, at the same time, enrich the educational experiences of others. Thus, the program expands the academic “pipeline” in two ways. This prestigious two-year fellowship is intended to prepare the student for a successful faculty career and to support their commitment to using diversity as a resource to enrich the education of others. While holding a DARE Fellowship, their obligations are to make satisfactory degree progress, to complete the PhD in two years, and to participate in the leadership DARE program training. Engineering is a strong supporter and participant in this program.

DARE Fellowship Website: http://vpge.stanford.edu/fellowships/dare.html

NSF-Advancing Graduate Education & Professoriate-AGEP Research Exchange Program: CA Alliance

The Research Exchange program sponsors a visit with a faculty member or research scientist in a student’s field of interest for a short period to learn new research techniques, engage in collaborative discussion for innovative problem solving, to explore other labs and to promote face-to-face interaction between faculty and scientists at Caltech, the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA and Stanford.

The program supports a visit to a faculty member’s lab and his or her research group at any of the partner institutions. Visits may last approximately one week and applicants will be awarded up to $1000.

The goals of the program are to promote cross-institutional exchange between students, postdocs and faculty across the alliance institutions, aid students in their search for postdoctoral mentors, help researchers identify future collaborators, and welcome students and postdocs into the broader engineering and scientific network.

To learn more information and apply, please visit: https://www.california-alliance.org/research%20exchange-apply

NSF AGEP CA Alliance Postdoc Fellowship Program

Accepting Applications Annually Starting November

The California Alliance offers postdoctoral research fellowship opportunities at four top-tier California institutions; UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, and Caltech in the Mathematical, Physical Sciences and Engineering fields.  The program also includes faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities.

The California Alliance is an unprecedented partnership between the state’s top-tier institutions to increase the number of underrepresented minority mathematicians, scientist and engineers who obtain doctoral degrees, go on to pursue research at the postdoctoral level, and join the ranks of the faculty and scientific staff at competitive institutions.  The California Alliance universities are large-scale educators of STEM graduate students and postdocs as well as top producers of underrepresented scientists.

We invite applicants from across the nation to submit ONE application for consideration for a postdoctoral appointment at any of the FOUR institutions. It is also possible that applications will be considered at our partnering national laboratories. Please review the following information regarding the application and award process, and eligibility.  Applications can be submitted online.

Two letters of reference are required; one recommendation from the applicant's Ph.D. advisor, and one letter of support from the applicant's proposed postdoc advisor. Letters should be sent in PDF format to Professor Mark Richards at: californiaalliance@berkeley.edu

Please note:  The California Alliance can only accept applications from US Citizens.  Our partner, PPFP, considers applications from U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and other scholars who are legally authorized to work in the United States. Please see http://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/.

 

Evaluation and Selection

Candidates are evaluated by faculty reviewers in their own academic fields across the Alliance. Faculty reviewers will evaluate candidates according to their academic accomplishments, the strength of their research proposal, and their potential for faculty and other competitive science careers. Faculty reviewers also may consider the applicants’ proposed mentor’s potential to work productively with the candidate and commitment to equity and diversity in higher education. 

Eligibility

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and belong to an underrepresented minority group (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native and Pacific Islanders). Proposed research must fall within the the Mathematical, Physical Sciences and Engineering fields.

Faculty Mentors

Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentors are faculty who are expected to (1) take an active role in helping the fellow plan and achieve his or her research goals, (2) assist the fellow in establishing a visible presence in department, (3) facilitate opportunities for the fellow to participate in national and international research meetings, (4) encourage the fellow to focus full-time on research (5) assist the fellow in seeking opportunities to present papers or to interview for faculty positions at doctoral-research intensive institutions, and (6) encourage attendance at the annual California Alliance retreat.

The California Alliance community includes a vibrant cross-institutional group of faculty and administrators who are committed to fostering the goals of the Alliance.  We are seeking applicants who are eager to find a mentor who is a good match for both research and career development. Assistance in facilitating mentor-matching is encouraged and can be obtained by contacting the appropriate campus representative at: http://www.california-alliance.org/contact

Awards and Appointments

The California Alliance Fellowship Program may award up to 8 postdoctoral fellowships. The award provides postdoctoral fellows a salary of $55,000-$70,000 per year, depending on the field and level of experience, with additional funds for research and professional development. Fellows will also receive enrollment in medical, dental and basic life insurance coverage while employed as a California Alliance Postdoctoral Fellow. Each award is for a 2-year period.

For questions regarding this program or the application process, please contact us at: californiaalliance@berkeley.edu

NSF-Advancing Graduate Education & Professoriate-AGEP Research Exchange Program: CA Alliance

The Research Exchange program sponsors a visit with a faculty member or research scientist in a student’s field of interest for a short period to learn new research techniques, engage in collaborative discussion for innovative problem solving, to explore other labs and to promote face-to-face interaction between faculty and scientists at Caltech, the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA and Stanford.

The program supports a visit to a faculty member’s lab and his or her research group at any of the partner institutions. Visits may last approximately one week and applicants will be awarded up to $1000.

The goals of the program are to promote cross-institutional exchange between students, postdocs and faculty across the alliance institutions, aid students in their search for postdoctoral mentors, help researchers identify future collaborators, and welcome students and postdocs into the broader engineering and scientific network.

To learn more information and apply, please visit: https://www.california-alliance.org/research%20exchange-apply