All of our incoming Physics Ph.D. students are supported financially by Research and Teaching Assistantships, which provide a salary during the academic year and a tuition allowance for 10 units per quarter. Each year the department is allowed to nominate top students for Stanford Graduate Fellowships. It is highly recommended for students to apply for fellowships from outside sources such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Hertz Foundation.
Entering graduate students hold a rotating research assistantship, which allows them to interact with a different research group each quarter. The goal is to gain some experience to use in choosing their research area for the next several years.
Teaching Assistantships are available as part of the student support. This typically entails holding a one hour discussion section and a two hour lab section once a week for about twenty undergraduates. All graduate students are expected to teach at least three quarters as a requirement to obtain a Ph.D. degree in Physics.