Financial Aid and Fellowships

Financial Aid Office

Application

The Financial Aid Office awards need-based financial aid to UCSC students. To apply, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in December for the following year. An otherwise eligible graduate student must also be in good standing, be enrolled in five credits or more, and be making satisfactory academic progress to receive financial aid. Students who have not filed a FAFSA form are ineligible for fellowships.

Check Disbursements

Graduate student financial aid checks and fellowship checks are disbursed quarterly at the Office of Accounts Receivable, 203 Hahn Student Services, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. In order to pick up your check, you must have a picture ID and your Enrollment Verification Validation (EVV).

Extramural Fellowships

The advantages of obtaining support from national foundations and federal agencies, both for the recipient and for UCSC, are numerous. For the recipient, a major award can mean greater freedom to pursue his or her own studies, relieved of the time-consuming responsibilities involved in graduate student research and teaching assistantships. The prestige attendant upon winning a national fellowship competition should not be overlooked. Having a national organization’s stamp of approval can make a difference in the competition for attractive research and teaching positions later on, not to mention crucial postdoctoral appointments.

The campus also benefits when one of its students wins an outside fellowship. Each award constitutes recognition both of the institution and the particular program and may smooth the way for future applicants from that school or program.

The Community of Science (COS) is a web-based publisher of services that support and advance scholarly research in all disciplines. COS links researchers with collaborating colleagues and funding opportunities worldwide.

COS Funding Opportunities (http://pivot.cos.com/funding_main) is the largest source of funding information on the web and contains more than 17,500 funding awards from around the world, including 3,100 awards for graduate students. Although it is primarily intended for research funding at the faculty and professional research (e.g., postdoctoral, research specialist) level, it is a valuable resource for doctoral graduate students as well.

There is no cost to you as a registered UCSC student to use COS. For more information, contact UCSC’s COS liaison in the Office of Sponsored Projects (831-459-5014).

Fellowship/Grant Information

Students can find funding opportunities at:

http://www.grad.illinois.edu/fellowships

http://funding.yale.edu/

Regents Fellowships

A limited number of these fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs.

Chancellor’s Fellowships

A limited number of these fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in doctoral programs. These nine-month awards provide a stipend plus payment of all university fees and nonresident tuition.

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowships

These state-funded, merit-based fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-year graduate students who have overcome significant social or educational obstacles to achieve a college education, and whose backgrounds equip them to contribute to intellectual diversity among the graduate student population. These awards provide a stipend plus payment of all university fees except nonresident tuition. 

Contingent on satisfactory academic progress, these awards provide five years of funding through the form of fellowships and academic student employment.

Dissertation-Year Fellowships

These state-funded, merit-based fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to doctoral graduate students who have overcome significant social or educational obstacles to achieve a college education, and whose backgrounds equip them to contribute to intellectual diversity among the graduate student population. Fellows receive a stipend plus payment of fees.

Dissertation Quarter Fellowships

Dissertation Quarter Fellowships provide students with a stipend comparable to a TA salary plus in-state tuition remission and health insurance fees for one or two quarters.

Richard Randolph Award 

The Richard Randolph Award is an essay competition based on field research. It has been named after Emeritus Professor Richard Randolph in recognition of his invaluable role as a founding member of the UCSC Anthropology Department and his leadership in starting the UCSC Anthropology Graduate Program. Open to all anthropology graduate students. Typically, the department awards one student $1,000.

This essay should be of publishable quality and follow the American Anthropologist guidelines. The award will be based on the overall quality, rigor, and originality of the work and on demonstration of effective field practice. Essays will be peer-reviewed by the Richard Randolph Award Committee.

Research and Travel Grants 

All active Anthropology graduate students may request funds for travel to professional conferences to present papers, for travel to research sites, and for other travel related to the student’s preparation for the QE or dissertation. Funding is for travel during the current academic year and during the summer.  

Applications should consist of a 1-2 page proposal with a detailed budget explaining how the proposed project will contribute to the development of the dissertation project. The department will not award grants for conference spectatorship.  Applications for research and travel grants must receive a written endorsement by the faculty advisor.

Details regarding the application process will be announced during fall and spring quarters.