Funding Workshop: Finding Funding

This classic Finding Funding workshop hosted by the Graduate Funding Peer covers funding application timelines, points of contact, types of UC and external funding, and how to find them.

To access the recording of the online workshop click here. You can find the workshop slides PDF with clickable links here.

Additionally, here's a copy of the Q&A from the panel that may be helpful in your search for funding as a graduate student:

Q: Are there any workshops or resources for writing fellowship/grant applications?
A: Yes, although this is a service provided by the GSRC's Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director, Robby Nadler. Graduate students can schedule up to one hour of free, one-on-one, and confidential consultations with Robby. He will work with you on any type of writing (including STEM writing, which he has a background in) in any stage of development. This includes academic documents (e.g., class papers and dissertations) and personal documents (e.g., grant applications and cover letters). Learn more about writing support for UCSB graduate students here!

Q: I am working/studying remotely (away from UCSB) during COVID-19 online instruction. Does that disqualify me from funding? 
A: No, in most cases, your current location should not disqualify you from funding. The key eligibility factor is current enrollment at an academic institution, i.e. UCSB.

Q: You mentioned the salary and tuition/fee remissions for TA and RA appointments. Do Reader appointments also come with tuition and fee remission?
A: Yes, Reader appointments totaling 25% or more of full-time for a given term are eligible to participate in the University's Partial Fee Remission Program for tuition and the student services fee. 

Q: Are masters eligible for Central Campus Fellowships?
A: It depends on the specific fellowship, but yes, there are certainly Central Fellowships that masters students are eligible for. Check them out on the Graduate Division website!

Q: Are there any changes to the funding available in the upcoming year due to COVID-19, like decreased funding budgets?
A: There are changes to the funding currently available this year due to COVID-19, but there are positive as well as negative changes. Universities and academic departments have been hit really hard, and the way that they deal with the financial difficulties depends on the organization. Some funding opportunities, for example fellowships to conduct research abroad, have cancelled, extended, or postponed their programs. Other funding agencies have created new opportunities, especially for research in both STEM and SHEF relating to the impact of COVID-19, and made emergency funds available. Still other funding agencies have made no changes to their offerings or application process. So my advice is to continue to conduct regular funding searches to see what is out there.

Q: If we are guaranteed to receive 5 years of funding through TAships, do you think it’s still beneficial for us to apply for other fellowships? Will they provide the same (or more) money and require less work?
A: Applying for other fellowships would allow you to focus full-time on your dissertation research project and may provide the same, and oftentimes more, money. Additionally, a PhD often takes more than 5 years to complete from start to finish, so an extra year or two of funding is useful. Moreover, demonstrating the ability to apply for and receive prestigious fellowships/grants is key to building a stellar CV/resume, especially if you intend to pursue a career in academia after graduation. But ultimately, it's up to the individual grad student whether the time and effort that go into creating a competitive application for other fellowships is worthwhile.