Graduate Student Funding
Having sufficient funding to pay for university fees, books, living expenses and research is an important
concern for graduate students. In Geography at UCLA there are several avenues for acquiring such financial
support, all of which are highly competitive. In order to be considered for any department funding, new
applicants must submit completed applications by the appropriate deadline.
Financial Support for Entering Students
For detailed information about various financial support options for entering graduate students, please
visit the Graduate Division Financial Support
The department has a limited amount of funds to offer incoming students. To be considered for any funding,
a complete admission application packet must be received by the December 15 deadline. Departmental
fellowship packages may include (but are not limited to) registration fee grants, non-resident tuition
(if applicable), stipends, and/or TA or GSR positions.
Teaching Assistant support pays a salary that is generally sufficient to cover living costs. Each position
requires 20 hours of classroom and preparation time each week that school is in session. In addition,
Teaching Assistants receive a fee remission which covers the majority of the registration and educational
graduate student fees as well as health benefits. UCLA allows graduate students a total of 12 Quarters
(4 years) of TA support.
Faculty members who have external research funding may hire graduate students as a Graduate Student
Researcher (GSR) to assist with research. Students will typically work 20 hours per week when school is
in session. GSRs who work 20 hours per week (50% time appointment) receive the same fee remission and
benefits as Teaching Assistants. Students should discuss the potential of Research Assistantships directly
with the faculty member that they have identified as their likely advisor here at UCLA.
Other University Positions
Students may find TA or GSR positions outside of the Geography department.
Students are strongly encouraged to seek out and apply for extramural funds. Some examples of extramural
fund agencies may include but are not limited to the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of
Health, National Aeronautics and Space, National Endowment for the Humanities, Department of Defense, and
private foundations such as the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.