Funding and Financial Aid

Explore various funding options for your degree

How to Fund Your Master of Arts in International Policy at Stanford

There are a variety of funding options for Stanford graduate students. While some limited funding opportunities may be available through MIP 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.

MIP Funded Opportunities


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. You will be automatically considered for these fellowships upon checking the “Fellowship/Assistantship Interest” box on the online application. No separate application is needed.


MIP 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 or other faculty. The number of teaching and research assistantships vary year-to-year and are dependent upon curricular needs and availability of funding.

Stanford Funded Opportunities

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including MIP along with any of our joint and dual degree options. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.

Loans and Other Aid

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.

Prodigy Finance

MIP has a loan partnership with Prodigy Finance. They provide low interest loans to non-US students for study in professional programs. Non-US Students have the opportunity to request a loan directly through Prodigy Finance.

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. Please see their website for more details.

Other Funding Options

Students are also able to apply for paid hourly work on campus, either at FSI or within other departments.


The 2018-19 academic year tuition rate for full-time study is $50,703 per year.