Graduate assistantships are controlled and/or administered by academic departments. The department decides who receives these forms of financial support, and at what level the graduate student will be supported.
Graduate student assistantships enable students to earn compensation for their research or teaching while continuing their academic and professional development. The policy that governs this form of student employment is described comprehensively in Administrative Guide 10.2.1, Graduate Student Assistantships.
Guide Memo 10.2.1 includes the following sections (go to the document for the text of each):
Salary and Tuition Allowance tables are published annually (will open in a separate browser window).
See the following memos related to the charging of expenses for Research Assistants to sponsored projects:
Prior to being appointed to any teaching assistantship (including course assistant appointments), international students must be screened for oral English proficiency by the English for Foreign Students (EFS) staff. (This TA screening is not the Stanford English Placement Test which determines whether entering non-native English speakers need to take courses in English appropriate to their academic program.) Note that students who are native speakers of English may call the EFS office (723-1310) to request a waiver.
The Contacts page in this manual includes contact information for the English for Foreign Students office.
On March 1, 2003, the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services) became part of the new US Department of Homeland Security and was renamed as the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. New reporting requirements implemented in 2003 require Stanford University to report to the Government certain conditions related to an international student's status, e.g., change of address, change of major program, or failure of the student to enroll for a full course load (8 unit minimum). See Bechtel website for additional information about SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) reporting requirements (will open in a separate browser window).
Immigration regulations can change unexpectedly and it can be difficult for department administrators and student services officers to stay current on regulations and requirements. To ensure that current and correct information is always provided, students should be directed to the Bechtel International Center to verify the information below whenever they have questions regarding their visas, work, or travel. Violation of any immigration rule can disqualify the student from her/his legal status, create a reporting requirement for Stanford University, and could be cause for deportation.
Note: Graduate students must be in proper J-1 (scholar) or F-1 (student) status in order to receive fellowships or to be employed on-campus by the university. Although J-2 visa holders are allowed to attend school, F-2 visa holders cannot attend Stanford full-time without first changing status to F-1. F-2 visa holders are not allowed to work in the US. J-2 visa holders may work on/off-campus only with Government approval. J-2 and F-2 visa holders are not allowed to receive fellowships.
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Last update: January 8, 2014 3:59 PM