The Graduate Group in Education is committed to offering
financial support to our PhD students for at least four years of
study through employment and/or fellowships that include a
monthly salary/stipend and fee remission.
Our funding offers are typically equivalent to at least 25% time
employment (10 hours per week). During Academic Quarters
(Fall, Winter, Spring), 25% employment provides a monthly
salary/stipend of about $1,000 and includes an Educational Fee
Remission. Students are also allowed to combine these employment
offers to increase their monthly salary, and additional
employment opportunities are also available during summer months.
For international students, please be aware that although
Teaching Assistant positions provide an Educational Fee
Remission, this does not include the Nonresident Tuition (NRT).
Graduate Student Researcher positions do include both Fees and
Funding Sources for Graduate Students
UC Davis offers various types of financial assistance. Both
prospective and continuing graduate students are encouraged to
apply. Merit-based support includes fellowships, scholarships,
and nonresident tuition fee fellowships that are administered by
the Office of Graduate Studies. Need-based support includes
grants, loans, and work-study employment administered by the
Office of Financial Aid. Individual departments/schools
administer graduate student academic employment, such as teaching
or research assistantships. Listed below are the various
categories of support for fellowships and graduate scholarships.
Fellowships and Graduate Scholarships:
Fellowships and scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis
of scholarship and promise of outstanding academic and
professional contribution, or a combination of merit and need. If
the student is a US citizen or a permanent resident alien, the
student is eligible for most of the awards. The application for
fellowship, and all supporting documentation, must be on file by
the deadline. A current FAFSA is required for all fellowship and
scholarship awards. For more information see:
Graduate Financial Aid: Financial assistance may
include loans, grants, and work-study employment. These funds
must be used for education-related expenses and are intended to
supplement the student’s own earnings, family assistance,
fellowship, or scholarship aid. Financial aid is not available
for applicants in non-degree programs. FAFSA applications are
available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov in January. FAFSAs should be
filed as early as possible to allow for Fellowship consideration.
The student need not wait for formal admission into a graduate
program to apply for financial aid.
Departments/Schools: Departments and schools
administer Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Graduate Student
Researcher (GSR) positions to full-time students. TA and
GSR positions are normally either for 25 or 50 percent time
employment on a quarterly basis. Teaching Assistantships provide
an Educational fee remission, while GSR positions provide a full
The School of Education offers teaching assistantships for
several courses offered during the academic year. The call for
Teaching Assistantships will be announced via email and an
electronic application will be provided with the call. Students
must be registered as full-time students and have a minimum GPA
of 3.0 in order to hold a T.A. appointment. Students may not hold
a TA appointment after 10 quarters of enrollment unless they have
advanced to candidacy.
GSR positions are offered through individual faculty members and
have no standard award deadline.