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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Call for Applications: AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship. This fellowship program places STEM students at media organizations across the US for 10 weeks over the summer. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Philadelphia Inquirer, WIREDand Scientific American. Fellows will hone their public communication skills as they research, write, and report stories on complex scientific issues. AAAS logo

Eligibility: Undergrads, grads, and postdocs; US citizenship is not a requirement, but international students must have visas which allow them to receive payment

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

Compensation: $500 weekly stipend, plus travel costs

For more information and to apply, visit the AAAS website


Grad Student Resources: Successful Fellowship Application Library

The Graduate Student Resource Center (SRB 1215) has a library of past successful fellowship applications. Any grad student or postdoc researcher interested in applying to a campus, UC, or extramural fellowship is encouraged to stop by the GSRC and browse through these applications. Below is our current inventory. Note: these applications cannot leave the GSRC or be photocopied. Photo credit: Stephanie GriffinSuccessful applications from past UCSB students. Photo credit: Stephanie Griffin

Federal Graduate Fellowships: DOE, EPA STAR, NASA, NDSEG (National Defense Science & Engineering), National GEM Consortium, NSF Dissertation Research Fellowships, NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Ford Foundation: Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, Ford Dissertation Fellowship, Javits Fellowship Program

Fulbright: Humanities & Arts, Teaching English, International Education, Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Grant

Postdoctoral Fellowships: American Heart Association

Travel Abroad: Boren Fellowships, NSF EAPSI (East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes)

UCSB Campus Fellowships: IHC Predoctoral Fellowship, President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, Broida-Hirschfelder Fellowship, UCSB Affiliates Dissertation Fellowship, various Dean’s Fellowships

UC Fellowships: Pacific Rim Research Program

If you have been awarded any of these or other graduate fellowships, please consider sharing your successful application. We’ll make sure all identifying information is omitted before adding it to our files. We’d especially love to receive applications for the following awards and programs:

  • Center for US-Mexican Studies (USMEX)
  • UC Institute for Mexico and the US (MEXUS) Scholars in Residence & CONYACT Collaborative Grant
  • Central campus fellowships (Brython Davis graduate fellowship; Olivia Long Converse Graduate Fellowship; James D. Kline Fund for International Studies Award)
  • Postdoctoral fellowships

If you’re interested in contributing to our library, or if you have any questions, please contact Funding Peer Steph Griffin.


Writing Program TAs Needed

UCSB Writing Program imageThe Writing Program is accepting applications for TAs through Jan. 22, 2016. Writing Program TAs work under the direction of a senior lecturer in the program to teach one class of Writing 2 to undergraduate students. TAs are also required to enroll in Writing 501, Academic Writing: Theory and Practice, a 4-unit course that provides a foundation in composition and rhetoric theory and practice.

Deadline: Jan. 22, 2016

Compensation: Fee payment equivalent to 50% TAship

For more information and to find the online application, please visit the Writing Program website. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Madeleine Sorapure, Writing Program Director, at


Call for Applications: 2016-17 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

JSPS logoThe Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) introduces their Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for researchers in the US. JSPS is an independent funding institution dedicated to the advancement of science in all fields (natural and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities) and fostering international scientific collaboration. This fellowship enables Ph.D. students and postdoc researchers in the U.S. to conduct research in Japan for 1 to 12 months, beginning in one of the two recruitment periods. Each recruitment period has its own application deadline. JSPS will provide round-trip airfare, monthly stipends, and overseas travel insurance.

Recruitment (Starting) Periods:

  1. June 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017
  2. Sept. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Application Deadlines:

  1. Jan. 15, 2016
  2. April 15, 2016

Program Duration: 1 to 12 months

Award: round-trip airfare, monthly stipends (amounts vary by fellowship duration and degree status), and overseas travel insurance

For more information and to apply, visit the JSPS website


Call for Applications: Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program will hold its fifth annual Summer Institute on Global Food Security June 5-18, 2016, on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. This two-week learning program is for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. The Institute will provide teaching materials, lodging, and meals at no cost to participants. Borlaug Summer Institute image

Eligibility: U.S. citizenship is not required -- students from Feed the Future focus countries are particularly encouraged to submit applications. Applicants must be enrolled in a US institution at the time of application.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Program Dates: June 5-18, 2016

For more information and to apply, visit the Center for Global Food Security website.


Application Deadline for ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Free Registration

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ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summits are annual conferences bringing together experts from industry, academia, and policy. The next summit will be held in Washington, DC, from Feb. 29 – March 2, 2016. ARPA-E welcomes 100 graduate students to each of its summits with its Student Program. These conferences allow students the chance to network with recruiting companies and learn about new energy initiatives. All Student Program participants receive complimentary conference registration and are invited to participate in student-targeted corporate recruiting. Students are responsible for paying for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Application Deadline: Dec. 4

Conference Dates: Feb. 29 – March 2, 2016

Where: Washington, DC

For more information and to apply, please visit the ARPA-E website


Funding Opportunity: L’Oreal’s For Women in Science Fellowship

L’Oreal USA is now accepting applications to its For Women in Science Fellowships. Each year, L’Oreal USA awards five postdoctoral female scientists with $60,000 grants for their contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math fields and for their commitment to serve as role models for younger generations of girls in STEM fields.

Eligibility: Female postdoc researchers in a STEM field; must be US citizens or permanent residents

Award: $60,000

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2016

For more information, visit the fellowship’s website.

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Funded Arabic Language Summer Program: SALAM 2016

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center logoThe Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s (SQCC) Summer Arabic Language and Media Program (SALAM) is now accepting applications for its fully-funded intensive Arabic language course in Manah, Oman. SQCC aims to foster respect and understanding between the US and Oman through a greater knowledge of the two cultures. SQCC will cover travel to and from Washington, DC, and Muscat, Oman, language program fees, room and board, and SALAM-sponsored trips on weekends. Students are expected to cover costs of travel to and from their hometowns and Washington, DC, and international health and medical evacuation insurance.

Requirements: US citizens with at least 4 semesters of college-level Arabic coursework (or equivalent)

Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2016

Program Dates: July 7 – Aug. 12, 2016

Classes: 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sunday-Thursday

For more information and the online application, please visit the SALAM 2016 website.


Collaborate GauchoSpace Wants to Hire You

Collaborate LogoCollaborate GauchoSpace is hiring for two positions to start Winter 2016: one 50% Graduate Student position (20 hours/week with fee remission) and one 25% Graduate Student (10 hours/week). Both positions pay $20 per hour. Hiring preference given to students who can work for at least a year, preferably longer.

Interested applicants should supply their resume and a brief statement describing their experience with GauchoSpace, teaching others technical skills, and/or creating documentation.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 4. All applications should be sent to with the subject line "Collaborate Graduate Student Application."


Teaching Fellowships Available from the School for Scientific Thought

SST LogoThe School for Scientific Thought (SST) is offering partial fellowships of up to $2,000 for science and engineering graduate students to teach a course this winter for an audience of local and regional high school students.

Doctoral students will gain teaching experience by creating a five-session course on a topic related to their research. The SST program is a unique professional development experience that builds communication, teaching and mentoring skills, while focusing on design goals, formative assessment, instructional techniques, and oral communication.  

Course Dates: Five consecutive Saturdays in Winter 2016: 1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, and 3/5

Eligibility: Science and engineering graduate students 

Deadline: Nov. 30

Interviews: Dec. 4 and 7  

Funds: $2,000 partial fellowships will be awarded.

Apply: Use the online application.

For more information on SST: See the School for Scientific Thought page.

Questions? If you have questions or would like to talk about SST further, email