Key Policy Statements
The following are some of the fundamental principles underlying graduate financial support at Stanford University (see the associated sections of this manual for further explanation and details):
- Financial support allows graduate students to work on their studies, enabling them to make expeditious progress towards their degree. For this reason,
- during the school year (excluding Summer Quarter), graduate students must be enrolled in full-time studies (8-10 units or TGR) in order to receive fellowship support (stipend or tuition payment) or the Tuition Allowance (TAL) associated with an assistantship.
- during the school year, the maximum assistantship appointment is 50%, providing salary for 20 hours of work per week.
- during the school year, concurrent hourly employment is limited to eight hours per week for US students with a 50% assistantship appointment or a full fellowship. Students with full fellowships may not be concurrently appointed to more than a 25% assistantship.
NOTE: International students and other visa holders are governed by the appropriate immigration regulations limiting the number of hours they may work while in the United States.
These characteristics distinguish assistantships from:
- fellowship support, which is provided as financial aid to support the academic progress of the student, without the expectation of service to the university, and
- hourly employment for services which the student can provide, which do not relate to the student's field of study and therefore do not earn an associated tuition allowance.