Named Research Funds & Block Grant. The department has a few named funds to support graduate student research. In addition, the Graduate Division provides Block Grant allocations for graduate student support. A combination of these funds is used by the Department to provide Departmental Semester and Summer Fellowships. Block Grant funds also provide for departmental GSI supplements and for the payment of non-resident tuition for all first-year out-of-state graduate students.
Departmental Semester Fellowship
The Departmental Semester Fellowship (DSF) provides a stipend of $11,000 and pays in-state registration fees for one semester. Per a policy change during the 2013-14 academic year, all graduate students are guaranteed to receive a one-semester DSF at one point between their 3rd and 5th years. Applications will be solicited each Spring semester and will be considered for the following academic year. To be eligible, students must have:
- passed their Qualifying Examination by the end of the Fall semester of the academic year during which the DSF will be used.
- completed their two-semester GSI requirement before the DSF will be used.
- never received a multi-year fellowship or grant from an external or University source.
Once awarded a DSF, the student can choose to use it during the fall or spring semester of the following year. Students cannot defer an award to a future year because this would create problems for our funding model. If a DSF is awarded and the student does not use it during the following academic year, they will have forfeited their DSF award.
While the department guarantees the one-semester DSF between years 3 and 5 for all students who meet the above criteria, the exact timing of the award will depend on seniority and budgetary considerations.
Summer Research Fellowship
Students who have not reached the minimum level of stipend funding during the Fall and Spring semesters ($25,000 for academic year 2016-17) will be “topped up” to that amount with a Department Summer Fellowship. We compute the level of funding based on GSR and GSI appointments (including the department’s GSI supplemental stipends) for the fall and spring semesters of the year, and total projected income for those with fellowships and grants (including stipends committed for summer). Income from Reader appointments and small administrative assistant appointments is not included in Fall and Spring stipend totals calculations. Students who are past their 6th year are not eligible, nor are students who are on filing fee or withdrawn. Students who are registered for only one semester, who have reduced appointments, or are supported by training grants with policies prohibiting supplemental funding are exceptions to this policy and may not be eligible to receive summer funding or may receive a reduced amount. Students are permitted to GSI during the summer or receive additional GSR funding and still receive a summer fellowship as long as the stipend total remains within University rules. The Graduate Student Services Advisor contacts all students during Spring semester to review the amount of funding they can expect to receive.
The purpose of the supplement is to balance the stipend levels of GSI appointments with GSR appointments. The base amount per semester is determined on a yearly basis. GSIs who have other sources of funding (e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, special fellowships, etc.) are generally not eligible for the supplement, and students with concurrent GSR appointments will be given lower priority and receive the supplement as funds allow. Students who are eligible in terms of funding need to be one of the following:
- GSI for a psychology course or a course cross-listed with a psychology course.
- RPP Coordinator or Head Graduate Student Instructor.
Students who GSI for a course outside of psychology are only eligible for the GSI supplement WITH ADVANCE APPROVAL. If you are considering accepting a GSI position outside of psychology, you must speak with the psychology Head Graduate Advisor to determine if you would be eligible. Outside courses may not be eligible, especially if there are available Psych GSI openings to fill.
Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition
Each first-year domestic student who is out-of-state (i.e., is not yet a California resident or is an international student), without a multi-year fellowship, has their non-resident tuition paid by the department for their first and second semesters only. Eligible students must become California residents for tuition purposes before the third semester to avoid being charged non-resident tuition. All out-of-state domestic students in their third or later semester are responsible for payment of their non-resident tuition.
Each first-year international student without a multi-year fellowship has their non-resident tuition paid by their sponsoring faculty mentor for the first and second semesters. The department pays it for the third and fourth semesters. International students must complete their Qualifying Examination and advance to Ph.D. candidacy prior to the beginning of their third year to be eligible for a Graduate Division waiver. After advancing to Ph.D. candidacy, international students receive Graduate Division NRST waivers in years 3, 4, and 5. International students are advised to discuss these matters with their faculty mentor and the Graduate Student Services Advisor during their first semester in the program.
As of 2013, Graduate Assembly of Students in Psychology (GASP) determines the criteria and administers the department’s travel fund program. To receive travel funds, the student must:
- Apply for one of the limited travel fund awards per the departmental approved GASP criteria and schedule. Contact GASP for instructions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If awarded a travel fund award, submit a Travel Reimbursement form to the Purchasing and Reimbursement Coordinator with the following: 1) all receipts or other proof of payments and the actual cost of the trip; 2) documentation verifying you presented or attended the conference within 10 business days of return. Failure to submit all necessary paperwork within the 10 business days may result in the inability to receive a reimbursement.