Funding Opportunities

All admitted students receive a funding package, which typically consists of a combination of Fellowships, Teaching Assistant positions, and Graduate Student Research assistant positions. The following types of funding opportunities are available to Sociology graduate students:

Chancellor’s Fellowships
A limited number of Chancellor’s Fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in doctoral programs. This campus wide competitive fellowship is a nine-month award THAT provideS a stipend of $24,000 plus payment of all university tuition and fees (which includes health insurance).

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowships
The Cota-Robles Fellowship is a state-funded, merit-based fellowship awarded on a campus wide competitive basis to first-year graduate students who have overcome significant social or educational obstacles to achieve a college education, and whose backgrounds equip them to contribute to intellectual diversity among the graduate student population. The Cota-Robles fellowship provides a stipend during the regular academic year of $21,000 plus payment of all university fees (this includes health insurance, but excludes non-resident tuition). For the summer quarter, a $3,000 stipend is awarded. The Cota-Robles Fellowship is part of a five-year total support package.  The department provides support (usually in the form of TA or GSR appointments) for two years; the Graduate Division provides two years of fellowship plus an additional year for those fellows who advance to candidacy within normative time. Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Regent’s Fellowships
Regent’s fellowships are awarded by the Sociology Department based on academic merit. The fellowship covers all tuition and fees (which includes health insurance), along with a stipend.

Genomics and Society Fellowship
GSGRF funds students interested in research at the interface of genomics and society. The fellowship includes a graduate student fellowship stipend at a graduate student researcher rate plus a research allowance of $800 per year to cover supplies and travel to one relevant academic meeting or research site. The fellowship may be renewable. More Information.

Teaching Fellowships
Students are eligible for Teaching Fellowships after they advance to candidacy. Teaching Fellows conduct the entire instruction of a group of students in a lower division course under the general supervision of a regular faculty member. Teaching Fellows receive a salary along with tuition and fee remission (which includes health insurance).

Teaching Assistantships
Teaching Assistants typically conduct sections for undergraduate Sociology courses under the supervision of a regular faculty member. Teaching Assistants work on average 20 hours per week, and no more than 220 hours per quarter. Teaching Assistants receive a salary along with tuition and fee remission (which includes health insurance, but excludes campus fees).

Reader positions
Readers typically grade papers for undergraduate Sociology courses under the supervision of a regular faculty member. Readers are paid an hourly rate, and are typically appointed for 40-75 hours total for the quarter. There is no fee or tuition remission associated with the position.

Graduate Student Researcher positions
A Graduate Student Researcher is a graduate student appointed to assist in performing research under the direction of a ladder-rank faculty member or authorized Principal Investigator. GSR positions over 25% time will cover all tuition and fees (including health insurance), along with a salary.

Research and Travel Awards
The Sociology Department administers research and travel awards to support students in their dissertation research, MA research, as well as paper presentations and panel participation at conferences.

Dissertation Year Fellowships (President’s and Chancellor’s)
The Chancellor's Dissertation Year Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit.

The President's Dissertation Year Fellowship is awarded based on both academic merit and diversity criteria. The student is selected for their academic achievement, potential for success in academia, and the extent that they contribute to the diversity among doctoral degree recipients in the division. (The diversity criteria can be found at http://graddiv.ucsc.edu/current-students/pdfs/DSSP_Guidelines.pdf.)

Both fellows receive a $21,000 stipend plus payment of tuition and fees (including health insurance).

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