Giving to the Graduate ​Division

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The Graduate Division facilitates and coordinates graduate education for 3,000 students as they pursue knowledge, innovate and collaborate. Our goal is to promote academic excellence in graduate degree programs; to foster a diverse and inclusive graduate community of domestic and international students; and to cultivate for all graduate students both an intellectually challenging and socially supportive academic environment. You can help graduate students achieve their goals by supporting fellowships, funding their research or providing flexible support for innovative programs.

Graduate Student Fellowships

Gifts of any amount to the Graduate Division Student Fellowship Fund help to attract and retain the best and brightest graduate students from across the globe. The Graduate Division also offers the Full-Year Dissertation Fellowship Match to allow students in the final year of their doctoral program to fully focus on writing their dissertation. 

Research Support

A crucial need of graduate students is support for expenses to complete research that forms the basis of their dissertation or thesis. Gifts of any amount to the Graduate Research and Travel Fund are greatly welcomed. In addition, the Graduate Division offers the Research Accelerator-Infosheet program to augment donor gifts so students receive robust awards for extraordinary research expenses such as travel, out-of-area housing and specialized equipment.  

Dean’s Fund for Graduate Excellence and Innovation  

Gifts to the Dean’s Fund for Graduate Excellence and Innovation provide the Dean with flexible funding for emerging opportunities necessary to advance the leading-edge work of our graduate students. Investments in this critical fund enable the Dean to respond to opportunities to advance the academic and professional development of our graduate students and maximize their success.

Click here to learn more about the UCSB Graduate Division Giving and Benefit Levels. 

Contact our Team

For additional information about giving to the Graduate Division, creating a named fund, giving a gift with a restricted purpose, or making a planned gift, please contact our Graduate Division Development team.


John Lofthus
Assistant Dean, Development
(805) 893-2190

marcie marsh

Marcie Marsh
Director of Development, Graduate Initiatives
(805) 893-2774