There are a variety of resources for funding a graduate education, both internal to the University and external. Becoming familiar with the available sources of funding can help you navigate the variety of sources available.
UCR offers a variety of multi-year funding opportunities for incoming students that may include stipends, full or partial payment of tuition and fees, and appointment as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR). An applicant is judged on the basis of the quality of previous academic work, the evidence of ability to do research and other creative accomplishments, and the promise of becoming a productive scholar. A contribution to the campus goal of achieving a diverse student body may also be a consideration. Fellowship/grant awards are paid from a variety of funding sources, some of which require financial data. Students who receive fellowships and full or partial teaching and research positions must register for and complete a full program of study and research each quarter, remain in good academic standing, and make acceptable progress toward their degree.
In addition to UCR funding opportunities, students may also explore external funding sources. More information about these types of sources can be found below.
Includes fellowships, teaching assistantships, and researcher positions through the academic program and/or UCR.
Mostly need-based financial aid. In most cases, residency is required to be eligible. Funds are not transferable from state to state.
Federally-funded Fellowship Programs
The funding by foundations is provided in specific areas or for specific groups. For example:
- Ford Foundation funds pre-doctoral, dissertation-year, and post-doc awards specifically for students who are underrepresented in the American professoriate and students with a sustained commitment to using diversity as a resource in their teaching and scholarship
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute funds pre-doctoral students in the biological sciences
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards in the pre-doctoral humanities
Individuals and Organizations
Provide various amounts of awards for students in particular fields, for particular purposes, and sometimes for particular individuals.
In this section:
- UCR Fellowships
- Fellowship Opportunities Outside of UCR
- Funding Resources for International Graduate Students and Postdocs
- Resources for Finding External Funding
- Writing Resources for Grants and Fellowships
- Employment Supplementation for Fellowship Holders
- Policies Governing Award Recipients
Eligibility criteria for recipients of fellowships:
must be making acceptable progress toward their degrees (For these purposes, acceptable progress for a Ph.D. student means students must be advanced to candidacy within 12 quarters after entry and must complete the degree by the normative time to degree for the particular program plus one year; for most master's students, acceptable progress is represented by enrollment for not more than three years)
must have less than 8 units of Incomplete grades
must maintain a 3.00 GPA
must enroll in and complete a full course load (12 graduate units or the equivalent)
changes in degree objective and/or degree program may affect eligibility for continuation of the award
Important tax information for recipients of fellowships:
taxes are not automatically withheld from domestic student stipends. You may be responsible for taxes on your fellowship stipend. Any questions about taxable income should be directed to a tax professional.
EUGENE COTA ROBLES AWARD (ECRA)
This four-year fellowship program, funded by the University of California Office of the President, the UCR Graduate Division, and the home department, supports a limited number of students who are entering PhD programs and interested in a career in college or university teaching. The fellowship currently provides a stipend of $24,000 that supplements a financial award created by the home program. This award includes payment of tuition and non-resident supplemental tuition if necessary. Applicants must be nominated by their graduate program. Students pursuing degrees other than the PhD are not eligible for this program.
Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must be academically meritorious, and should demonstrate high potential and promise. Individuals from cultural, racial, linguistic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to participate in the program. The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study. Applicants must complete the Supplemental Fellowship Form included as an optional form in the UCR Graduate Application for Admission. This form will be reviewed as part of your submitted graduate application.
DISSERTATION RESEARCH GRANT
The Dissertation Research Grant provides funds to doctoral candidates for research-related expenses associated with the dissertation. Applicants must be advanced to candidacy and plan to be registered during the period of the award. Proposals may be funded up to a maximum of $1,000. Dissertation Research Grant Application
MASTER’S THESIS RESEARCH GRANT
The Master’s Thesis Research Grant is for students enrolled in the Anthropology (M.S. degree only), Art History, Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (main campus), Experimental Choreography, Southeast Asian Studies, and Visual Art graduate programs for the purposes of expenses directly related to thesis research. Master's Thesis Research Grant Application
EARL C. ANTHONY GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS
Travel funds are available for PhD students who have advanced to candidacy in the biological, physical, agricultural, engineering, mathematics, and health sciences fields, and in interdisciplinary approaches to these fields, to attend national or international meetings/conferences. Earle C. Anthony Graduate Student Travel Awards Application
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GSA) CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANTS
The GSA Conference Travel Grants help to meet the financial needs of graduate students who have been invited to present scholarly papers or posters at regional and national professional conferences. The program, administered by the UCR Graduate Student Association, and with support from the Chancellor and Graduate Division, provides funding support for both conference presenters and, to a lesser degree, attendees. The per conference and annual caps are updated annually and are available on the GSA website.
HUMANITIES GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS
The Humanities Graduate Student Research Grants financially assist graduate students doing original research or creative projects in the humanities, as broadly defined by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards are up to $1500. The grant period runs from May through April. Extensions of the grant period should be requested in writing. Awards terminate upon leaves of absence, filing fee status, withdrawal or graduation. A student must be registered in the Spring Quarter to use these funds during the summer months. For more information go to: http://chass.ucr.edu/research/student.html
GRADUATE RESEARCH MENTORING PROGRAM AND DISSERTATION YEAR PROGRAM AWARDS
The Graduate Research Mentoring Program (GRMP) award is intended to enhance the mentoring of domestic PhD students entering their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of graduate school who are actively engaged in research. The Dissertation Year Program (DYP) Award is intended for MFA or PhD students who expect to complete their degree program the year in which the award is received. Eligible students can receive up to three quarters each of the DYP and GRMP fellowships and may reapply if they have not reached this max.
For the 2019-2020 DYP and GRMP application forms, please contact your graduate advisor. Each graduate program will be submitting their nominees to Graduate Division by January 18, 2019. More information TBA during Fall 2018.
GRADQUANT DIGITAL HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIP
GradQuant is dedicated to expanding its support for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. In support of this goal, Graduate Division is partnering with GradQuant to offer the Digital Humanities (DH) Fellowship in order to develop future GradQuant consultants in the area of digital and quantitative research methods for the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship will fund graduate students to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in order to enhance the student’s own research methodologies and, upon their return, to disseminate knowledge of the chosen digital method to other graduate students. DHSI takes place in June at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The fellowship will include:
- registration, travel, and accommodation for one course at the DHSI in Summer
- possibility for a 10% appointment in GradQuant (4 hours per week) during the academic year
The successful applicant will be expected to register and attend the selected course at the DHSI, develop at least two but preferably three workshops in digital research methods for humanities and social sciences, deliver said workshops multiple times over the course of the academic year, and be available to serve as a part-time consultant* offering individual consultations and collaborative office hours in GradQuant during the academic year.
To apply, students must be in good academic standing, be a registered graduate student in a CHASS department, have a clear idea of how they would incorporate this research method into their own research, and expect to graduate no earlier than June of the next academic year. Preference will be given to those with excellent teaching evaluations and whose chosen method is of particular need in GradQuant.
Applications open in Fall. Applicants will need to fill out an online application form and upload an up-to-date CV, but the application does not request a letter of recommendation or a personal statement.
*Fellowships that disallow this type of employment for one or more quarters will not prevent a student from the DH fellowship award. The 10% appointment is not guaranteed and will be secured after a successful interview with the GradQuant Coordinator. GradQuant reserves the right to remove this part-time employment at any time.
Fellowship Opportunities Outside of UCR
There are many databases and search engines that may be used to find sources of funding outside the University. Here are some links that will help you get started:
- To see a list of external funding resources, visit http://graduate.ucr.edu/resources-finding-external-funding.
- Visit https://research.ucr.edu/ORD.aspx for other search engines to help you find the right support for you.
- A list of popular fellowship opportunities can be found here.
Below you may download a resource curated by GradQuant for international graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. These funding opportunities do not require U.S. citizenship or permanent residence. This list is updated annually, so for the most up-to-date information about each funding opportunity, visit funding agency's website.
Writing Resources for Grants and Fellowships
The goal of writing a successful funding proposal is convincing a review panel that your project is worthwhile and unique and that you are the best person to carry it out. Visit the Graduate Writing Center for tips and guidance for putting together a strong proposal.
The Office of Financial Aid (2106 Student Services Building, Riverside, CA 92521, (951) 827-3878) assists students in meeting educational expenses they cannot afford from personal resources. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for any need-based loans. FAFSA applications are available in December for the following academic year and must be filed annually. Apply online at the FAFSA website. In addition to submitting the FAFSA, various supporting materials to determine individual financial need may be required. UCR accepts applications on a year-round basis. Students are encouraged to apply early in order to ensure adequate processing time for loan funds to be available by the fee payment deadlines.
Employment Supplementation for Fellowship Holders
Fellowships are awarded to students to free them from the need for employment. Employment supplementation may be considered up to a total of 75% time for the year with no more than 50% employment in any one quarter.
Fellowship awards with less than a $10,000 stipend may be supplemented as stated above without approval of the Dean. Fellowship awards with a stipend of $10,000 or higher may be supplemented as stated above only after approval of the Graduate Dean. The Graduate Advisor in your program must make the request of the Dean in writing. Fellowships that do not allow supplementation are the Eugene Cota-Robles Award (ECRA) and the Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYFA and DYP). The Graduate Research Mentorship Program (GRMP) allows only limited supplementation as a 25% Graduate Student Researcher appointment (GSR).
Policies Governing Award Recipients
There are many policies and guidelines governing students who receive funding awards. Those who receive these awards must maintain satisfactory progress and meet all requirements for their individual awards.
Maintaining Satisfactory Progress
To ensure continued funding of their awards, students must ensure that they continue with satisfactory progress towards their degree. These requirements include:
Maintaining the minimum grade point average required by the fellowship
Taking and passing all required coursework, exams, etc.
Fulfilling all TA requirements satisfactorily
Meeting fellowship GPA requirements, even for TA recipients awarded fellowships (normally exceed TA requirement)
Requirements for Students Receiving Multi-Year Awards
Students receiving multi-year awards also have specific requirements. These awards are contingent upon:
Meeting academic standards
Completing the term(s) in which fellowship funding is received
Maintaining required course load
Fulfilling advancement to candidacy requirements
Not exceeding maximum (8 units) incomplete, "F" and/or NC grades
Reporting any change in status immediately. Any change in degree objective, change of field/department/program, leave of absence, extended absence from class, or withdrawal may affect funding and must be reported to the Graduate Division/Graduate School immediately
Reporting fellowship awards when filing taxes