In order to be considered for any type of financial support (i.e., fellowships, financial aid, student loans, work study, etc.), all new and continuing U.S. citizens and permanent-resident graduate students at UCSB are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used by the UCSB Financial Aid Office to compile a need analysis that is then used to determine financial support packages. March 2nd is the FAFSA Priority Filing deadline for UCSB financial aid and Cal Grants.
Centrally Administered Fellowships for incoming students are by Departmental nomination only. Nominations are sent to Graduate Division and awards are made by a multi-disciplinary faculty fellowship committee and the Dean of Graduate Division. All nominees must be admitted Fall quarter, maintain continuous full time enrollment, and remain in good academic standing for the duration of their award.
In support of the campus goals of excellence and diversity, all nominations for Central Fellowships require strong evidence of the students' ability to contribute to the UC Santa Barbara academic community and research environment. All applicants for fellowships should provide evidence of present and future ability and accomplishments in their grade point average, research experience, and GRE scores as applicable, as well as in letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and personal statement.
For details about these awards, please visit the Graduate Division's fellowship page.
There is currently no application process for Block Grant awards for newly admitted students. The Department's Fellowship Committee makes award decisions based on a number of criteria: recruitment, financial need, academic promise, etc. Notification of awards is communicated to newly admitted students by the student’s assigned faculty advisor and in writing by the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education's Student Affairs Office.
Domestic and Permanent Resident Students:
The UCSB Office Financial Aid & Scholarships awards federal Work-Study, as well as federal subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans. These types of aid are awarded on the basis of a student's financial need.
Graduate students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for a subsidized Direct Loan that has an annual limit of $8,500. Graduate students who do not demonstrate financial need may qualify for an unsubsidized Direct Loan that has an annual limit of $10,000. The actual amount will be determined by financial need, based on the need-analysis compiled by the UCSB Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
Eligibility for need-based financial support is affected by awards students receive from the Graduate Division, academic departments, or outside agencies. A reduction in the student's original need-based aid eligibility will occur if the student receives additional awards during the year.
International Students: Please see the Office of International Students and Scholars funding page.
There are numerous extramural fellowships available which are competitions that are not run by Graduate Division. In addition to obtaining funding for graduate school, graduate students should be encouraged to conduct a search for extramural funding as part of their professional training for life in academia. Please note that any grants that are awarded to the institution and not to students individually must be processed and reviewed through the GGSE Contracts & Grants Office. If a signature on the proposal is required by an Authorized Institutional Official, it must also be processed through the Contracts & Grants Office. Click here for more information.
UCSB subscribes to several extramural funding source searchable databases (including Pivot) to help you locate funding opportunities. Links to funding resources may be found through the Graduate Division's Extramural Funding page.
UC Funding Opportunities lists UC systemwide research funding opportunities available to UC faculty, researchers, and graduate students.
The reference section on the first floor of the Davidson Library provides a variety of directories describing sources of funding and research opportunities, including fellowships, grants, internships and jobs.
Money Matters is a tool to help you navigate your finances day to day and access emergency help when you need it. It includes sections on sound money management and ways to ensure that your income is adequate to meet your needs. Because unforeseen events and emergencies do happen, the Money Matters guide also offers information on staff contacts, emergency funding, and low-cost services in the local community.
If you would like assistance searching or applying for extramural funding, please contact one of the Graduate Division Peer Advisors.