Financial Support

Financial Support

Most Ph.D. students are supported with some form of financial assistance.  Financial assistance is generally not available to M.A. students.  We are committed to supporting our Ph.D. students throughout their study.  We consider stable financial support as very important aspect of facilitating successful and timely completion of the program.  Students typically receive financial support for the normative time to completion (five years).  The type of assistance and the amount will vary. Ph.D. students, whether domestic or international students, typically receive a fellowship in their first year without any teaching obligations. In subsequent years support comes in the form of teaching assistantships and in some cases fellowships. If you have any questions concerning graduate admission to the Department of Political Science, please contact the Director of Graduate Admissions, Indridi Indridason [indridi.indridason@ucr.edu].

Graduate students at UCR support their education with a combination of competitive first year and dissertation-year fellowships; paid academic employment such as teaching assistantships, readerships, and graduate student researcher positions; and need-based aid. First year fellowships are usually awarded at admission. Once admitted and enrolled, students may also apply for competitive campus fellowships, including dissertation-year fellowships. Other sources of campus support include departmental and Graduate Student Association Conference travel grants.  The department offers competitive grants for obtaining additional methodological training at the ICPSR and IQMR summer schools. We encourage students to seek external support, from sources such as the National Science Foundation, and UCR’s Graduate Division provides training and assistance in applying for external funding. Most fellowships and teaching assistantships include fee remissions and health insurance, as do some graduate student researcher jobs. For US citizens and permanent residents, go to: http://graduate.ucr.edu/fin_aid.html for detailed information.

Advanced graduate students are encouraged to seek outside fellowships for their dissertation research and the campus’ own Office of Research Affairs provides expert help in identifying and locating such funds.