Admissions & Outreach

Funding your Graduate Education

UCSB offers a range of funding support for entering graduate students in the form of fellowships, grants, teaching and research assistantships. Prospective students should evaluate their financial situation when considering graduate school and how to fund their studies.

Types of Financial Support

Prospective students applying for admissions may select which funding they would like to be considered for in their Online Graduate Application. Students are nominated by their departments during the admission process; there is no separate application. The following list the types of available funding:


Merit-based university awards and funding sources include centrally administered fellowships, department and campus gift and endowment funds, and departmental block grants. For all new incoming international doctoral students, the International Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship (IDRF) can provide significant support for non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST).

Student Academic Employment

Student academic employment opportunities include graduate student researcher, teaching assistantship, reader, etc. These positions may be eligible for fee remission depending on hours worked.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available to graduate students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid includes loans and work-study awards.

Extramural Funding

Outside funding sources may be available through major search databases and other application forms. Extramural funding includes academic fellowships, dissertation research grants, conference support, postdoctoral fellowships, and more.

Questions? For general information about funding opportunities, contact our Funding Peer Advisor. For central fellowship or academic student employment questions, contact the Financial Support Staff.