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 2.0

UCSB Crossroads is a new teaching opportunity, following in the tradition of the original Crossroads. Pairs of graduate students from different fields are invited to submit a proposal to teach an undergraduate course to be offered in the College of Creative Studies (CCS) during the academic year. The course should be built around a social justice or environmental justice theme.




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.