The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is committed to providing financial support for all qualified graduate students in our programs through competitive support packages. The department typically guarantees a minimum of 13 quarters (through fall of the 5th year) of financial support to all students in the Ph.D. program. Students may receive some combination of an assistantship, fee fellowship, and fellowship stipends. The Department will also usually supplement the above support with a small stipend at the beginning of the year to be used for resources such as conference travel, research equipment, professional development, etc.
Quarterly teaching assistantships (TA) and graduate student research (GSR) assistantships are the most common forms of support for students. Both assistantships provide a monthly salary, payment of in-state fees, and health insurance benefits. A research assistantship at 35% time or more will also pay nonresident tuition (required of students who are not residents of California). Typically, students that are given teaching assistantships will have their nonresident tuition paid for as well. Nonresident students are required to declare California residency after their first year.
UCSB offers many opportunities for funding for graduate students and all students should familiarize themselves with the information concerning money matters on the Student Affairs's Money Matters page.
All students are encouraged to apply for fellowships offered by outside agencies, including:
- American Psychological Association
- Ford Foundation
- National Science Foundation
- U.S. Public Health Service
For complete information on financial options as a graduate student, visit the Graduate Division pages.