School and external fellowships, as well as assistantships, are available for graduate students.
Stanford Engineering belongs to several national consortia that recruit and finance engineering diversity students. Stanford Engineering is the largest supporter of the National GEM Consortium and the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) fellowships. Recently, Stanford Engineering has partnered with the Sandia National Laboratories to fund two research fellowships for PhD candidates who are about to complete their degree.
The goal of hiring diversity students from the thousands of Stanford Engineering graduate students is to provide undergraduate students with role models in the classroom (particularly for women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and a broader diversity).
The school partners with 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 in place with the current 14 minority faculty and 30 women faculty in the school. We believe our excellent diversity graduate students are worthy of serving as learning and intellectual role models.
Teaching and course assistants serve in the introductory engineering fundamental courses and expose all students to top diversity talent. Diversity TAs/CAs are assigned to courses such as 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 uses the award as part of their graduate support and is required to work 20 hours per week. Since Stanford does not have separate professors for undergraduate and graduate courses, TAs/CAs are supervised by faculty who could eventually bring them into their research labs.
The diversity TA/CA program awards involve more than just financial aid. The packaging of each award ties the funding to a faculty sponsor or learning program. Through the financial aid awards and assignments, the academic experiences of diversity students are enriched. For example, research assistantship (RA), teaching assistantship (TA), or course assistantship (CA) awards 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 Engineering Equity Initiative. Although the program is intended mostly for PhD students, it is also useful for MS graduate students interested in continuing on to the PhD 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.
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 simultaneously 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 DARE leadership training program. Stanford Engineering is a strong supporter and participant in the DARE program.
External Financial Assistance and Fellowships