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IPS Funded Opportunities

There are a variety of funding options for Stanford graduate students. While some limited funding opportunities may be available through IPS or our affiliated faculty, applicants are encouraged to carefully review the information on the Stanford Financial Aid website.

If you need funding assistance, please be sure to check the box for “Fellowship/Assistantship Interest” on the online application.


Ford Dorsey and FSI Fellowships are offered to a limited number of incoming students based on merit and specific eligibility requirements. Fellowships can provide a stipend, full or partial tuition, and a health insurance subsidy.


IPS is able to hire a small number of second-year students as Teaching Assistants to support core courses, depending on programmatic needs. Additionally, some second-year students may be hired as Research Assistants to work with FSI faculty, depending on funding available from faculty and within the program itself. IPS staff work with students to identify and apply to assistantship opportunities. The number of teaching and research assistantships vary year-to-year and are dependent upon curricular needs and availability of funding. See Assistantships Policy for more information.


The 2017-2018 academic year tuition rate for full-time study is $16,329 per quarter. For more information, please see Tuition and Fees, 2017-2018.

Loans and Financial Aid

We encourage prospective students who will need financial aid to contact our Financial Aid Office for information about their loan programs. We strongly encourage all applicants to apply for financial aid as soon as they accept our offer of admission to ensure financial aid package information in a timely manner. For information about applying for loans, please see the Financial Aid Office’s website.

Prodigy Finance Loans for International Students

Prodigy Finance provides low interest loans to non-US students for study in professional programs. Non-US Students enrolling in Autumn 2018 will have the opportunity to request a loan directly through Prodigy Finance. Please see their website for more details. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.Employment with the following types of organizations qualifies for PSLF:

  • Government organizations at any level (federal, state, local, or tribal)
  • Not-for-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Other types of not-for-profit organizations that are not tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, if their primary purpose is to provide certain types of qualifying public services

Note: Serving as a full-time AmeriCorps or Peace Corps volunteer also counts as qualifying employment for the PSLF Program.

Learn more about the program on PSLF's website.

Other Funding Options

Students can also apply for paid hourly work on campus.