Graduate Funding

Graduate student funding is provided in the form of grants, fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, and graduate student researcher appointments. The majority of all graduate student funding is provided by the UCLA Graduate Division.

Graduate Division Funding

All graduate students should familiarize themselves with the descriptions of funding and fellowships as outlined in detail by the graduate student continuing support manual presented by the graduate division.  Find it here.  

  • Year-Long or Summer Funding: To apply, find all the appropriate forms here.

Departmental Funding

Occasional Fellowship Funds are awarded from the department to Graduate Students for a variety of financial reasons, including travel to conferences, limited summer fellowships and for partial fellowship and mentorship supplements.

  • Conference Support from the Department: If you are a continuing graduate student and have already exhausted your Graduate Division Funding for travel reimbursement OR you are in your 8th year (and beyond), please contact the Department’s Student Affairs Officer to be considered for conference support from the Department. If eligible, you will be asked to complete a request form and submit it to the department Chair at least two weeks prior to your travel date.

Year-Long Funding

Research Mentorships (Deadline In Mid-February)

Research Mentorships allow graduate students to work on their own research projects with the assistance of a professor/mentor. Applicants should apply through the Graduate Division’s continuing student support and complete the Graduate Research Mentorship Program Application.

To encourage and support the academic careers of students in all academic areas, the University of California Office of the President and the UCLA Graduate Division provide funds for graduate research fellowship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This program assists doctoral students in acquiring and developing sophisticated research skills under faculty mentorship.

It is intended for doctoral students who:

  1. Are nominated by the department
  2. Will have completed at least one but no more than four years of UCLA graduate study by the beginning of the fellowship year and
  3. Are not advanced to candidacy.

Students selected will receive a competitive stipend plus fees. In addition, if invited to present the results of their collaborative activities at a conference held during the academic year, awardees may be reimbursed up to a $500 toward their travel expenses. Awardees will be asked to submit a year-end evaluation of their participation in the program.

Dissertation-Year Fellowship (Deadline: Mid-March)

The Mission of the DYF is to provide students with the time necessary to complete their dissertation within the year of the fellowship award. Students must file dissertations within 12 months of beginning the DYF. This program is intended for students who will be in their final year of graduate school and who are planning to start teaching and research appointments soon after the end of their dissertation year fellowship year.

Eligibility: Graduate Students must be officially advanced to doctoral candidacy at the time they are nominated by their departments to receive the DYF, which means that:

  1. Students must have completed all written and oral Ph.D. exams and have completed discussion of the prospectus.
  2. Students must be advanced to candidacy
  3. Students must be nominated by their department for the DYF

Students are ineligible if they have received any other dissertation fellowship (such as, but not limited to the Distinguished TA Dissertation Year Fellowship) from the grad division.

Please note that after receiving the Dissertation Year Fellowship, there can be no further financial awards or stipends given to the graduate student in any form. The DYF is the final award.

Requirements for Recipients: Recipients must file their dissertations within 12 months of beginning their fellowships. Recipients must be registered and enrolled in 12 units during the entire academic year.

To Apply: Complete the Dissertation year Fellowship Application. It is mandatory that the Graduate Fellowships Letter of Recommendation forms be filled out in full and returned with the application. The application, with letters of recommendation, should be submitted directly to the department by mid- March.

Financial Aid

Funding is based on financial need and is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid includes loans and work study awards. Support based solely on need is provided, in the form of work-study and loans, through the Financial Aid Office.

A student may receive both a departmental or Graduate Division award and an award based solely on financial need if the need-based criteria are met.

International Students

Unfortunately, UCLA has a limited number of fellowships and assistantships for which non-U.S. graduate students are eligible. These are awarded to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement in their studies on this campus. International students at UCLA are not eligible for support based solely on need (loans and work-study jobs). Therefore, international students are strongly advised to secure funds from their own sources.

General information on fellowships and other awards can be obtained from the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, or from the cultural affairs officer of the United States Information Agency Office nearest your residence. Depending on your home location, you should also explore opportunities through such agencies as the African-American Institute or the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU).