UCSC makes a strong effort to help graduate students gather the support they need to make their studies successful.

This support may be in the form of a fellowship, a graduate student researchship or a teaching assistantship, depending on the availability of funds and the recommendation of the student's department. About one-third of graduate students received some form of federal financial aid. (Association of American Universities)

Certain kinds of support are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and others are granted on the basis of need. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for both kinds.

The following kinds of financial support are available through the Division of Graduate Studies. Individual departments may offer other forms of support.


REGENTS FELLOWSHIPS

A limited number of these fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in master's and doctoral programs. These awards provide a stipend and/or payment of university fees except non-resident tuition.


CHANCELLOR'S FELLOWSHIPS

A limited number of these fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in doctoral programs. These nine-month awards provided a stipend of $24,000 plus payment of all university fees.


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. The Cota-Robles fellowship provides a stipend during the regular academic year of $21,000 plus payment of all university fees (except non-resident tuition); for the summer quarter, a $3,000 stipend is awarded. The Cota-Robles Fellowship is part of a five-year total support package.  The department provides support (usually in the form of TA or GSR appointments) for two years; the Graduate Division provides two years of fellowship plus an additional year for those fellows who advance to candidacy within normative time. 

Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


DISSERTATION-YEAR FELLOWSHIPS

These state-funded, merit-based fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to doctoral graduates 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 $21,000 stipend plus payment of fees.


TUITION FELLOWSHIPS

A number of non-resident tuition fellowships are awarded to non-resident students who are recommended by their departments.