Financial Support

All PhD applicants are considered for campus and departmental fellowships, including but not limited to, the Doctoral Scholar Fellowship, Chancellor's Fellowship, Regent's Special Fellowship, Graduate Opportunity Fellowship and the Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship.

Admitted PhD students are typically given guaranteed financial aid to fully support them throughout their studies, based on meeting our program requirements. PhD students may be funded by a combination of Fellowships, Graduate Student Researcher positions (GSRs), and/or Teaching Assistantships (TAs).

Masters students may apply for TA positions each quarter and may be employed as GSRs upon agreement with a faculty member.

Teaching Assistants (TAs)

The department accepts applications for Teaching Assistants each quarter. The application website is available approximately one month prior to the beginning of the quarter. Priority for employment is given to first and second year PhD students. TAs receive partial fee remission through their employment, and in addition the department will pay Nonresident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) for those PhD students who are international, or domestic, non-California residents, for the first year. Domestic students MUST secure California residency prior to their second year. PhD students who are employed as TAs will only need to pay a portion of the campus fees. This amount is $228.00 for the 2019-20 academic year. TAs are responsible for paying this fee on time. MS students who are employed as TAs also receive partial fee remission. MS students who are TAs are responsible for paying the non-resident tuition and the required portion of campus fees by the fee payment deadline. The department does not pay the cost of housing.

Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs)

It is anticipated that PhD students will transition to Graduate Student Researcher positions during their second year. Students are hired by their research advisors to conduct research in the lab. All fees, tuition and insurance are paid for students employed as GSRs at 35% time or greater.


There are several fellowships for which the department annually nominates students. These fellowships include the Microsoft Research Fellowship, the IBM Ph.D. fellowship and a number of centrally administered university fellowships. Students interested in being considered for these awards should talk to their research advisors about a nomination. The Graduate Division offers a number of fellowships for which students may apply after the first year at UCSB. These fellowships include research grants and a dissertation year fellowship. Information about funding opportunities can be found at Graduate Division website.