Over 90% of the incoming PhD graduate students in Fall 2021 received full financial support. Support can come in three ways:
Most pay a quarterly stipend plus tuition and health insurance, and sometimes non-resident supplemental tuition. Offers are made by the UCSB Graduate Division.
Graduate Student Research (GSR) Positions
GSRs pay a monthly stipend plus tuition, health insurance, and non-resident supplemental tuition. Offers are made by individual faculty members.
Teaching Assistantships (TAships)
TAships pay a monthly stipend plus tuition and health insurance. TA positions, however, do not cover non-resident supplemental tuition. Offers are made by the department.
Need-based Financial Aid
Need-based aid is only available for domestic students. To apply for aid, a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted separately. More information is available through the UCSB Financial Aid Office.
Please see our selective list of fellowships and scholarships for graduate students here. The federal government, foreign governments, and private philanthropic organizations sponsor these award programs; they provide funding based on academic merit and other criteria to support advanced study or research in the U.S. and abroad after completion of the bachelor‘s degree. See the individual programs‘ official websites for complete information on eligibility requirements, application procedures, application forms, and exact filing deadlines. Many sites also include profiles of past winners.