Extramural Funding Resources
There is a variety of extramural funding available to graduate students including academic fellowships, dissertation research grants, conference support, postdoctoral fellowships, and more. Besides the potential for substantial funding, the process of applying for fellowships is valuable professional training. The resources below will help you find and apply for these funding sources.
Funding Search Databases
All members of the UCSB community have free access to Pivot, a funding search database, if they are connected to the UCSB network or if they sign up for an account with a ucsb.edu email address. Pivot offers a searchable database of 25,000 records representing over 400,000 individual funding opportunities from numerous sponsors across all disciplines. Students can create accounts and sign up for personalized e-mail funding alerts. For more information, visit the Office of Research Find Funding section.
All members of the UCSB community have free access to Grant Forward, a funding search database, if they are connected to the UCSB network or if they sign up for an account with a ucsb.edu email address. The Grant Forward Database contains federal and private funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. The alert service enables researchers to create their own search profiles and delivers the search results automatically via e-mail.
The GRAPES database catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students, students working on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. It contains information on over 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships. Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria. GRAPES is maintained by the UCLA Graduate Outreach, Diversity and Fellowships Office.
Workshops and Advice
Graduate Student Resource Center
- The Graduate Division and other campus units regularly host workshops related to extramural funding. Check the calendar for an up-to-date listing of these events.
- The Graduate Student Funding Peer can assist students with questions about funding. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to set up an appointment. Current peer office hours for drop-in advice are listed at gradpost.ucsb.edu.
- Sample fellowship proposals are available to view in the Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building 1215). View list of available sample proposals.
- Graduate Program Advisor: Your program advisor may have a listing of the larger fellowships relevant to your field that students have commonly applied for in the past. Some even keep copies of sample winning proposals.
- Faculty Advisor/Professors: Ask your advisor for possible opportunities specific to your research. Faculty members are signed up for many exclusive mailing lists that advertise funding in your area. If they don’t already, ask your advisors to forward you any relevant announcements.
- Peers: Look to the fellow students in your program to see what they’ve applied for or currently have. If you are applying to a fellowship someone in your department already has, ask if it’s okay to review their application or set up a coffee break to ask for advice.
- UCSB Gaucholink: There are many on-campus jobs offered throughout the year. Bookmark Gaucholink and check back often for job opportunities.
- Graduate Students Association (GSA): GSA Officers get a stipend to represent graduate students throughout the school year.
- Campus Fellowships and Funding: All funding specifically for UCSB graduate students from a variety of campus departments
- UC Fellowships and Funding: Funding specifically for UC graduate students