Financial Support

Campus Fellowships

Many campus centers and departments offer funding specifically for UCSB graduate students. Summary details are available below—please see the relevant websites for the most up-to-date information, full application materials, and deadlines.

Academic Senate Doctoral Student Travel Grant

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Deadline: Grants are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis each fiscal year. Application must be received at least 21 calendar days prior to travel.

Eligibility: Applicants must be doctoral students and advanced to candidacy, or if MFA students, must be in their second year and in candidacy prior to travel.

Description: Travel funding is available to attend a major professional conference at which the applicant will present a paper, present research, perform, or exhibit. Students may only receive one travel grant during the course of their studies.

Maximum funding is as follows:

  • $350 California
  • $685 All other U.S. locations, Mexico, Canada
  • $1,030 Puerto Rico, Europe
  • $1,200 Central or South America
  • $1,400 Asia, Africa, Middle East, South Pacific

Chicano Studies Institute Dissertation Grants

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Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: Graduate students must be advanced to candidacy for the research doctorate during the award period.

Description: Research on topics pertaining to Chicana/o or Latina/o populations in the United States. Projects grounded in all academic fields are welcome with priority given to interdisciplinary research projects. Grants of up to $2,500 each will be provided to support research leading to the dissertation. Funding can be used for supplies and other costs associated with research. Up to $500 can be requested for research conference travel.

Chicano Studies Institute Graduate Student Grants

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Deadline: TBA (Not offered in 2013)

Eligibility: All graduate students. Grant funds are typically used to support the MA thesis.

Description: Research on topics pertaining to Chicana/o or Latina/o populations in the United States. Projects grounded in all academic fields are welcome with priority given to interdisciplinary research projects. Grants of up to $1,000 each will be provided to support projects relevant to the mission of the CSI. Funding can be used for supplies and other costs associated with research. Up to $500 can be requested for research conference travel.

CNS Graduate Fellowships – Humanities and Social Science

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Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: This program is open to any social science or humanities Ph.D. student (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) who is currently enrolled in good standing in their graduate program at UCSB and will continue to matriculate at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Description: CNS Graduate Fellowships provide funding comparable to that of social science and humanities teaching or research fellowships offered by academic departments. Graduate fellows are integrated into Center activities that include faculty, researchers, and other students from social science, humanities, and science and engineering disciplines.

CNS Graduate Fellowships – Science and Engineering

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Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: Open to any science or engineering Ph.D. student (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) who is currently enrolled in good standing in their graduate program at UCSB and will continue to matriculate at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Description: Fellowships are either quarterly or for a 12-month period (maximum 2-year renewable) with a start date at the beginning of fall quarter. Each fellows works with a faculty mentor primarily in one of the three CNS Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) or a Cross-IRG (X-IRG).

Coastal Fund

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Deadline: Major Funding: Oct. 4, 2013 for fall projects, Jan. 17, 2014 for winter 2014 projects, April 11, 2014 for spring 2014 projects; Minor Funding: Nov. 1, 2013 for fall, Feb. 14, 2014 for winter 2014, May 9, 2014 for spring 2014

Eligibility: Anyone in the UCSB community

Description: Proposals must preserve, protect, and enhance the terrestrial and marine habitats associated with the shoreline of UCSB through preservation, education, open access, research, or restoration and have relevance to the student community. Minor funding of less than $1,000 and major funding of more than $1,000 is available.

Graduate Students Association Childcare Grant

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Deadline: Applications are due by the last day of the quarter in which a student completes a milestone activity listed above.

Description: The GSA Childcare Grant for Graduate Students is intended to promote graduate student success during certain required milestone activities of the graduate program. Approved graduate students with single-child households will receive an award of $250; graduate students with more than one child will receive an award of $150 per child, with a maximum award of $600. Grants are limited to one award per graduate student household per quarter, with a maximum of five awards allowed during a student’s academic tenure at UCSB.

Eligibility: In order to qualify, you must be a registered graduate student, able to provide proof of dependents, be enrolled in a degree granting program, and be able to provide documentation that you are currently completing one of the following milestone activities:

  • Completing comprehensive exams
  • Completing area exams
  • Preparing for a master’s thesis defense
  • Preparing a dissertation proposal
  • Preparing for a dissertation oral defense

Graduate Students Association Conference Travel Grant

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Deadline: Applications are due on or before the last day of the quarter following the quarter during which the student attended the conference.

Description: The GSA Conference Travel Grant is intended to help offset the costs of travel or registration fees at professional conferences in which a graduate student is presenting original research findings. Eligible students will receive up to $200 in reimbursement for registration or travel costs related to conference travel. Travel grants are only available once per academic year.

Eligibility: Applicant must not yet be advanced to candidacy at the time of attendance, and must be accepted to present original research data.

Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research Graduate Research Award for Social Science Surveys (GRASSS)

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Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: Graduate students in Departments and Programs in the Division of Social Sciences of the College of Letters and Science, the Department of Geography, the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education are eligible to submit proposals.

Description: The program will fund research projects at all stages of development to be conducted in partnership with or with the assistance of the UCSB Social Science Survey Center. Priority will be given to projects likely to lead to degree completion and/or extramural funding.

Typical graduate student surveys range from $500 to $2,000. Normally, survey costs will not exceed $3,000 for most web-based surveys.

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-doctoral Fellowships

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Deadline: April 15, 2014

Eligibility: Doctoral candidates and advanced MFA students whose research facilitates dialogue across the traditional disciplinary boundaries within the arts and humanities, and/or between the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Doctoral students must have advanced to candidacy by the application deadline.

Description: Each fellowship carries a stipend of $6,000, with payment of basic resident fees for one quarter of the academic year

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Awards

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Deadline: January 15, 2014

Eligibility: All faculty and graduate students

Description: Annual awards (up to $1,500) to support innovative creative projects in the visual, performing, and media arts that engage with issues of interdisciplinary concern.

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Graduate Collaborative Awards

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Deadline: January 15, 2014

Eligibility: All graduate students

Description: Annual collaborative project awards (up to $1,500) to encourage graduate student collaboration beyond the confines and conventions of particular departments and disciplines within the Arts & Humanities, and between the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center UC Graduate Fellows in the Humanities

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Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: Nominees must be enrolled in a doctoral program in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts and be completing a doctoral dissertation. They must have advanced to candidacy, must maintain P2 graduate status during the academic year, and be in good academic standing

Description: A $22,000 stipend, payment of in-state fees and health insurance for the academic year, and up to $3,000 in research funds for students to complete their dissertations and to encourage the collaboration, interdisciplinary dialogue, and innovation that are fundamental to research in the humanities in the University of California.

Technology Management Program Harold Frank Scholar

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Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: Applicants must be either a undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the College of Engineering at UCSB and in good academic standing and active in the Technology Management Program.

Description: The Technology Management Program is offering a scholarship to support students completing their undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering and are active in the Technology Management Program

Technology Management Program Young Innovator Scholar

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Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: Applicants must: 1) Be a graduate or upper division undergraduate student in any major; 2) Demonstrate innovative interest(s); 3) Show evidence of a strong academic record; and 4) Demonstrate financial need

Description: These scholarships are open to all majors both graduate and undergraduate, who have demonstrated some form of "innovative passion" and are active in the Technology Management Program.

The Green Initiative Fund

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Deadline: February 7, 2014

Eligibility: Anyone in the UCSB community

Description: Provides funding for projects that enhance the campus’ environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability. TGIF supports projects that provide renewable energy, increase energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, educate the campus about environmental impacts, and facilitate strategic research to improve the campus’ operational sustainability. The fund awards a total of about $150,000 to 10-12 projects per year.

Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy

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Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: Graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UCSB (Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Science) whose research or programs of study advance the goals of broad-based cultural literacy and high ethical standards in our participative democracy

Description: Support may be provided for dissertation fellowships, supplemental fellowships, summer stipends, or for special research projects. Two fellowships of $5,000 each or one fellowship of $5,000 and two fellowships of $2,500 each will be awarded during each academic year.