Financial Support & Fellowship Information
The majority of PhD students in the UCSB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate program are financially supported throughout their course of study. Admitted students will receive a competitive stipend. Sources of support include teaching assistantships, graduate student research assistantships and/or fellowships. Completed applications must be received by the priority deadline in order for prospective students to be eligible for employment or fellowship consideration. Support continues beyond the first year of study as long as the student remains in good academic standing. Effective fall 2014, the typical annual graduate student salary is $28,000.
Financial support includes the payment of tuition, fees and health insurance. A Summary of Quarterly Fees and Expenses for 2014-15 can be found on the Office of the Registrar's web site. See also the Graduate Division Financial Support web site for more information.
The department nominates newly admitted students with outstanding qualifications for UCSB campus based fellowships. In order to be eligible for departmental and campus wide graduate fellowships, graduate applicants must have submitted their entire application for admission by the priority deadline. A student who holds one of these fellowships enters graduate school as a graduate student researcher rather than a teaching assistant. The campus based and departmental fellowships include:
- Bruce Rickborn-Ross Johnson Graduate Fellowship
- Chancellor's Fellowship
- California Nanosystems Institute Fellowship
- Dean's Fellowship
- Doctoral Scholars Fellowship
- Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship
- Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
- Ralph M. Parsons Fellowship
- Regents' Special Fellowship
Prospective international graduate students must arrange with a faculty member for tuition support before admission. They also must pass an English language exam to become a teaching assistant.
For additional information please visit the UCSB Graduate Division Financial website.
All continuing students are encouraged to discuss funding opportunities with their research advisors well in advance of the quarter for which funding is needed. Many top students are already supported by fellowships and many others are eligible for them. It is always a good idea to seek out and apply for upcoming fellowship opportunities. The following resources are available to assist students who wish to obtain fellowships.
Departmental Awards & Fellowships
- B.R. Baker Memorial Fellowship
- Jarrod Davidson Memorial Scholarship
- Robert H. DeWolfe Distinguished Teaching Fellowship
- Roche Bioscience Distinguished Teaching Fellowship
- Rickborn-Johnson Fellowships
- John H. Tokuyama Memorial Fellowship
- Sam L. Nguyen Fellowship
- Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
External National and International Fellowships
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
- National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
- Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
- Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program
- Department of Energy (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
- The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award
- National Academics Fellowship Office
- National Physics Science Consortium
- The National GEM Fellowship Program
- National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Fellowships
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Fellowship
Additional Online Fellowship & Grant Resources