Financial Support & Fees
Tuition and Fees
Domestic students may establish residency in one year; however, international students are subject to nonresident tuition in each quarter of registration. In state educational fees for students on 25% or greater research assistantship positions are paid as part of the research assistantship. Nonresident tuition fee waivers are available on a competitive basis for both domestic and international students.
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Financial support for graduate study at UC Davis is available in the form of teaching and research assistantships, financial aid, internal fellowships, and external fellowships. However, Masters students should be prepared to finance their education as there is no guarantee of funding with admission.
1. Internal Fellowships and Scholarships
The Office of Graduate Studies administers several fellowship programs. These provide financial support for tuition, fees, stipends, research, and travel. New students apply for internal fellowships when they apply for admission. The deadline to apply for these is January 2. Awards are announced around March 15. All domestic students must also file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to receive any form of fellowship support.
Continuing students can aso apply for funding to defray tuition, fees, research and travel costs. The following is a list of sources commonly tapped by IAD students. Deadlines and requirements vary – please research opportunities that are relevant to your area of work.
- Internal fellowships and Scholarships
- IAD Program Fellowships: Enrolled students apply each Fall when there is a call
- Blum Center for Developing Economies: Research grants
- Jastro Research Awards: Enrolled students apply each spring when there is a call
- Graduate Student Association Travel Awards: For conference travel
- Women’s Resources & Research Center (travel grants)
- Miller Plant Sciences Award
- Plant Sciences Graduate Student Research Assistantships
- Additional funding sources: Ask IAD students, your advisor and others about additional opportunities
2. Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Readers
A TA or a Reader appointment of 25% (10 hours per week) up to 50% (20 hours per week) provides a monthly salary and all but $250+ in-state fee remission. Non-resident tuition fee remission is not provided with a TA appointment per campus policy. Students may identify and apply for these by contacting departments that hire TAs and Readers, and responding to postings on the IAD Graduate Group listserv.
3. Graduate Student Researcher (GSR)
A GSR appointment of 25% (10 hours per week) up to 50% (20 hours per week) provides a student with a monthly salary and fee remissions for non-resident tuition (NRT) and in-state fees. Students may identify and apply for these by contacting faculty directly about GSR opportunities, and responding to postings on the IAD Graduate Group listserv.
4. External Funding
Diverse external funding opportunities are available. UC Davis maintains a list of some here. Enrolled students will also receive the GradLink and GSA Weekly Update e-newsletters, which list external funding sources. Students are encouraged to confer with advisors, major professors and other professors and peers as well.
5. Financial Aid
Students can obtain information on student loans, grants, and work-study employment at the Financial Aid Office.
All domestic students must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to receive any form of fellowship support. FAFSA-awarded financial aid is not available to international students.