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Graduate Division Funding Opportunities

The Graduate Division funds a variety of initiatives and projects across campus in support of graduate education. Campus partners submit special funding requests via the links below. Note: funds are generally offered as partial or matching support, in partnership with Divisional Dean's Offices, Departments/Programs, or extramural agencies/organizations. The availabiliity of funds may change at any time and is not guaranteed. Graduate students seeking support for individual research projects or educational expenses should instead explore our fellowships website. Questions about funding requests can be directed to graduatedean@ucsd.edu

Please note, as outlined in this memo from May 17, 2021, the Graduate Division no longer funds Organized Research Unit (ORU) requests for fellowships or GSR positions, departmental/faculty journal editorial board requests for fellowships or GSR positions, or departmental requests for faculty recruitment or retention offers that include GSR positions.

Student Groups & Partners


Special Projects Funding

Student groups and partners can apply for special projects funding when there is alignment with the UC San Diego Strategic Plan and/or Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, and direct involvement of current or prospective graduate students, while benefiting education, career development, the graduate student experience, and/or strengthening and diversifying the pipeline for graduate education and the professoriate.

Submit Request

Staff & Faculty


Graduate Fellowship Initiative (GFI)

Graduate programs/departments may apply to supplement resident tuition and fees for select extramural student-initiated graduate fellowships in order to diversify and increase the number of extramural fellowships awarded to UC San Diego graduate students.

Submit Request

San Diego Fellowship Match

When applying for extramural research grants that support graduate student researchers, Principal Investigators may request matching San Diego Fellowships from the Graduate Division to enhance the proposal and promote inclusive excellence.

Submit Request

Bridge Funding for Students with Disabilities

Graduate programs/departments, in partnership with Disability Counseling and Consulting, can apply for one-time funds to support a doctoral/MFA graduate student who is unable to perform the functions of an ASE or GSR role due to a documented medical condition (physical or mental) that interferes with their ability to work or return to work.

Submit Request