Other Funding

offered campus-wide

Academic Senate Doctoral Student Travel Grant 

The Doctoral Student Travel Grant awards travel funds to graduate students who have been invited or selected to present a paper, present research, perform or exhibit at a major professional conference or meeting. The grants are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis each fiscal year. Applicants must be doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy or Master of Fine Arts students in their second year of study and candidacy before travel. Students are eligible to receive one Doctoral Student Travel Grant during their graduate career at UC Santa Barbara. The deadline is at least twenty-one days in advance of travel.


Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) Grant 

The Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) Program is designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars fill in the funding gaps for pursuing opportunities that support their professional development in a variety of career trajectories. Awards up to $1000 will be granted to eligible UC Santa Barbara graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from any discipline who wish to tailor their career paths with outside professional development opportunities individually. These opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Attending workshops, industry trade shows, training, certificate programs, and other professional events
  • Visits to potential industries and companies
  • Visits to job shadow potential mentors or others in a chosen industry
  • Career-focused professional organization events, amongst others.

Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)

Finding funding for your research is an important part of being an academic. Developing the skills necessary to find, apply for, and receive grants will not only help you as a student but will also continue to be valuable as you embark on a career. It is also essential for graduate students to learn about how personal finance matters such as loans, credit, insurance, and taxes uniquely affect them as a student. Visit here or reach out to the Funding Peer. The GSRC also has a Funding Forecast, a quarterly list of over 100 funding opportunities with deadlines in the next three to four months.


Chicano Studies Institute Dissertation Grants

Research on topics about Chicana/o or Latina/o populations in the United States. Projects grounded in all academic fields are welcome with priority given to interdisciplinary research projects. Visit here for more information.


CNS Graduate Fellowships – Humanities and Social Science

CNS Graduate Fellowships provide funding comparable to social science and humanities teaching or research fellowships offered by academic departments. Graduate fellows are integrated into Center activities that include faculty, researchers, and other students from social science, humanities, and science and engineering disciplines. Visit here.


CNS Graduate Fellowships – Science and Engineering

Fellowships are quarterly or 12 months (maximum 2-year renewable) with a start date in the fall quarter. Each fellow works with a faculty mentor primarily in one of the three CNS Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) or a Cross-IRG (X-IRG). Visit here.