Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

Financial Assistance

Emergency Grant-In-Aid (Hardship) Funds

Emergency Grant-in-Aid Funds assist postdoctoral scholars who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses (e.g., medical, dental, or legal) causing financial hardship for themselves or their dependents. This program is designed to assist those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through fellowships or loans.  Emergency Grant-in-Aid awards are grants that reimburse actual expenses. These awards are not a loan, and do not need to be repaid. Emergency Grant-in-Aid awards are taxable. Aid is made to reimburse postdocs for actual expenses up to $5,000 per academic year.

Eligible expenses: Any unanticipated or unusual expenses (e.g., medical, dental, or legal) outside of the typical postdoc budget will be considered. Emergency Grant-in-Aid funds are not intended for standard living expenses, when other aid has ceased, or for research-related expenses.  Each case is considered on its own merits.

Eligibility: Postdoctoral Research Scholars in the Schools of Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, and Medicine are eligible to apply. Postdoctoral Scholars applying for Emergency Grant-in-Aid funds must be in good standing.   All non-immigrant foreign scholars must review their financial needs with an advisor at the Bechtel
International Center before submitting an application.

To Apply - Submit a complete application online along with:

  1. Required documentation of expenses: complete the Grant-in-Aid Excel worksheet and upload to application along with copies of billing statements or receipts. If requesting aid to cover medical or dental costs, actual invoices from the doctor’s office are required.
  2. Postdoctoral Scholars who are married or in a registered domestic partnership must include their and their spouse’s latest income tax return.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will review the applicant’s financial assistance history and academic record.   The Grant-In-Aid Committee will contact you for additional information or to notify you of the status of your application two to four weeks after the application materials have been submitted.

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