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Financial Support


If You Are a Ph.D. Student

You will typically receive financial support for up to six years. First-year students generally receive a fellowship that allows them to focus on their studies with no work obligations. In subsequent years, support comes in the form of teaching assistantships and (in some cases) research assistantships and fellowships. Fellowships and assistantships provide a stipend/salary and cover tuition and most fees in addition. More information on stipends and other benefits is available here: https://supportinggraduatestudents.ucr.edu/compensation-benefits.

If You Are an M.A. Student

Fellowship funding is not available to M.A. students.  M.A. students may be eligible for need-based aid. Teaching assistantships are occasionally awarded to M.A. students.

Get Help Finding Funding

UCR’s Graduate Division can help you apply for funding. Most fellowships and teaching assistantships include fee remissions and health insurance, as do some graduate student researcher jobs.

Explore fellowships, scholarships, and grants 

Find additional external funding

The UCR Office of Research and Economic Development can also give you expert help in identifying and locating fellowships for dissertation research.

We encourage you to also seek external support from sources such as the National Science Foundation.

Get a Travel Grant

If you want to attend a conference, you may be able to get a departmental and/or Graduate Student Association Conference travel grant. Learn more.

We offer competitive grants for obtaining additional methodological training at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and The Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) summer schools.