MIP Funding and Financial Aid

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Funding and Financial Aid

Explore various funding options for your degree

Cost of Attendance

The cost of the two-year Master's in International Policy can vary based on the number of units a student is enrolled in each quarter. Various University Offices compile information to assist students in estimating their total cost of attendance.

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 indicate interest in our merit-based fellowships in 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 may consist of full or partial tuition, a stipend, and a health insurance subsidy. You will be automatically considered for these fellowships upon indicating interest in such funding in the "Program Supplemental" section of 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

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Join dozens of Stanford students who receive up to three years of funding and valuable leadership skills as Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS).

KHS admits up to 100 select applicants each year from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders ready to address complex global challenges. As a scholar, you join a multidisciplinary and multicultural cohort, participate in up to three years of leadership programming, and receive full funding for up to three years of your graduate studies at Stanford.

Candidates of any country may apply. KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years, and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to KHS. If you aspire to be a leader in your field, we invite you to apply. The KHS application deadline is October 12, 2022. Learn more about KHS admissions.

External Funding

APSIA Fellowship & Scholarship Directory

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) has created a practical directory of more than 100 fellowships and scholarships available to graduate students in a field of international affairs. The directory can be searched and sorted by a number of eligibility criteria, such as topic of study, demographics, or country of citizenship.

Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries' development efforts, who plan to pursue a master's degree program in a development-related topic. The Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy is now a JJ/WBGSP Participating Program. Applicants must be admitted to the MIP program before applying to the Scholarship in application window #2.

Loans and Other Aid

Loans and Financial Aid

We recommend that prospective students who may need funding assistance contact the Financial Aid Office for information about loan options. Admitted applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid as early as possible to ensure timely delivery of their funding package.

Prodigy Finance

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

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) provides a way to eliminate student loan debt for those who meet specific requirements. Please see their website for details.

Other Funding Options

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