It can be challenging to make ends meet when you're in school. The Graduate Division may be able to help you with a merit based fellowship, childcare grant, travel, or research award. Together with your graduate program, we can also help you navigate through the application process for other types of support.
Apply for a Fellowship
- Merit Based Fellowships: The Graduate Division offers merit-based fellowships to PhD students. Students must be nominated for these annual awards by their individual programs. Get details about merit-based fellowships.
- Extramural Grants and Fellowships: Extramural fellowships distinguish the most meritorious research projects. Eligibility, support, and application procedures vary widely. Consult with your UCSF graduate program director, administrator, advisor, and the Graduate Division as you prepare applications. Find out more about applying for extramural funding.
- UC Multi-Campus Research Unit Fellowships: The University of California offers a number of system-wide fellowships. Each award has a specific purpose and application process. Read more about UC-sponsored funding opportunities.
- China Scholarship Council: Citizens of the People’s Republic of China with a baccalaureate degree from universities in the People’s Republic of China are invited to apply for PhD study at UCSF through a collaborative program with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Read more about the UCSF/CSC program.
Accept a Research or Teaching Assistant Appointment
Most academic departments and programs offer a limited number of research or teaching assistantships, which can provide you with income as well as valuable experience to build your CV. View general information about academic appointments here, then contact your graduate program administrator for information. (Don't know who your program administrator is? See a list of contacts.)
Apply for a Travel Award
Attendance at scientific conferences is an important component of a graduate student’s training and career development. Explore the options for funding your conference travel.
If you have young children, you may be eligible for a childcare grant. This pilot program was announced in 2013 and is being offered again. Find out more about childcare grants. Note that students with a graduate student researcher or teaching assistant appointment may be eligible to pay for childcare expenses on a pre-tax basis through the DepCare FSA program.
Other Resources for Help and Information
- The UCSF Office of Student Financial Aid awards loans and grants to students who demonstrate financial need. Visit the Financial Aid website, or drop in to their offices at the Parnassus campus (Millberry Union, 200 West) or Mission Bay Student Services at Mission Hall, 1st floor, to meet with an advisor.
- See current graduate student fees and tuition rates.
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