Department Funds

Named Research Funds & Block Grant. The department has a number of 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 $14,000 (2021-22) and pays in-state registration fees for one semester.  All graduate students are guaranteed to receive a one-semester DSF, typically awarded 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:

  1. passed their Qualifying Examination by the end of the Fall semester of the academic year during which the DSF will be used (does not apply to Clinical Science area).
  2. completed their two-semester GSI requirement before the DSF will be used (does not apply to Clinical Science area).
  3. 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. If the student does not use it during the following academic year, they will have forfeited their award.

While the department guarantees the one-semester DSF 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 ($27,000 for academic year 2020-21) will be “topped up” to that amount with a Summer Research 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/or small administrative assistant appointments is not included in Fall and Spring stipend totals calculations.


Students who are past their 5th year (5th year ends after summer term) may not be eligible, unless by special exception, nor are students who are on internship (Clinical Science students), or Filing Fee or withdrawn. Students who are registered for only one semester, and students with reduced appointments may not be eligible to receive summer funding or may receive a reduced amount. Students with sources of funding that prohibit supplemental funding may also not be eligible or may receive a reduced amount.


Students leaving for internship (Clinical Science students) or postdoc during the summer may not receive a full summer fellowship should funding run low. If this occurs, students leaving for employment (internship, postdoc, job) during the summer will receive as much funding as is possible given funding constraints.


Students are permitted to GSI during the summer or receive additional GSR funding and still receive a summer research 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.


GSI Supplements

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 supplemental stipend or additional tuition coverage, 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 supplemental stipend and or additional tuition coverage with advance approval. If a student is considering accepting a GSI position outside of psychology, they must speak with the Graduate Student Services Advisor to determine their eligibility. 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), 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.


Travel Fund

The 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:
  • 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; 3) 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.