Career & Professional Development

Funding and Finances

Finding funding for your research is an important part of being an academic. Developing the skills necessary to find, apply for, and receive grants will not only help you as a student but will also continue to be valuable as you embark on a career. It is also essential for graduate students to learn about how personal finance matters such as loans, credit, insurance, and taxes uniquely affect them as a student.


    Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building, Room 1215)
    Help with funding applications, workshops on financial literacy, and access to successful fellowship applications. For more information, contact the Funding Peer Advisor.

    The GradPost Money Section
    Browse the Money Section of The GradPost to find articles, resources, and information related to funding and finances. See also the Events page for an updated calendar of events and workshops.

    Department-Specific Funding List
    In this compilation put together by the Funding Peer, you'll find external funding databases and organizations geared toward YOUR specific department, as well as resources for broader discipline groups (like Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM) and international students.

    Graduate Division Library of Successful Fellowship Proposals

    The Graduate Student Resource Center (located in the Student Resource Building, Room 1215) hosts a library of successful fellowship proposals. These are helpful for students looking to apply for the same award, but also are useful for getting a general idea of what a solid fellowship proposal looks like, no matter what fellowship you are applying for. Click here for more information and to see a list of fellowships that are available to view in the GSRC.

    Graduate Division Financial Support
    Information about central fellowships, academic appointments, extramural funding, and more.


    UCSB Library: Grants and Grant Writing Guide
    Grant information, templates and guides, and grant examples.

    Office of Research: Graduate Student Resources
    Information about funding resources, the submission process, and compliance.

    Your Department
    Check with your graduate program advisor, faculty advisors/professors, and peers to ask about other funding opportunities specific to your discipline or research.

    UCSB's official site for students looking for jobs, internships, and on-campus interviews

    UCSB Human Resources Job Postings
    Information on available on-campus staff positions


    Extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

    Searchable database of 25,000 records representing over 400,000 individual funding opportunities from numerous sponsors across all disciplines.

    Grant Forward

    Federal and private funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

    Proposal Writing Short Course

    Free online guide to writing a funding proposal.

    Foolproof Grant Template
    Step-by-step guide to writing a successful grant from Dr. Karen Kelsky of “The Professor Is In.”

    Grad Student Finances
    A resource site for grad students who want to make the most of their money while still in school
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