From promoting diversity in academia to funding interdisciplinary projects, Graduate Division initiatives and programs are pathways and support systems for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to expand their research opportunities and communities.

The Graduate Scholars Program

The Graduate Scholars Program (GSP) provides first-year and second-year doctoral students from diverse backgrounds with an advanced doctoral student mentor, orientation to campus resources, professional development, and networking across campus and with visiting scholars.

UCSB Crossroads 

The Crossroads program takes its name from the multiple intersections involved: of disciplines; of research and teaching; and of faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates. 

UC-HBCU Initiative

The goal of the UC-HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Initiative is to increase the number of scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities completing UC academic doctoral programs. 

NSF AGEP California HSI Alliance

UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, CSU Fresno and CSU Channel Islands are collaborating together to develop, implement, and test a model that focuses on pedagogical training and career mentoring to prepare senior doctoral students for teaching-focused careers at a broad range of colleges and universities in order to create a more diverse STEM faculty workforce.

Multidisciplinary Research on COVID-19 and its Impacts (MRCI)

The MRCI Graduate Student Minigrant program supports research and creative projects by individual graduate students or teams of UCSB graduate students during the 2020 Summer Session that provide insight into COVID-19 and its impacts. The grant program encourages applications from a wide variety of disciplines to explore the many dimensions of impact.