Student Financial Support
The Biological Engineering Graduate Program aims to fully support its students in good standing for the duration of the student’s studies through a combination of resources.
Student financial support includes graduate student research, teaching assistantships, and training grants. Our current funding stipend is $36,000/year.
- Extramural Funding
Many Biological Engineering students may also be eligible and are strongly encouraged to apply for extramural pre-doctoral fellowships.
Fellowship Deadline Fulbright Fellowship October NSF Graduate Research Fellowship October NIH F31 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Varies National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship TBA AHA Predoctoral Fellowship TBA Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity December Ford Foundation Fellowship Program December
UCSB Graduate Student Resource Center
Visit UCSB Graduate Divisions graduate student resource center website for further extramural funding opportunities.
- Graduate Student Research
Must be an active registered student in good standing.
Apply / Selection Process
Arranged and selected by a faculty member / principal investigator (PI).
Support Coverage / Length
Any GSR employed for at least 35% will get Full Fee Remission. This will come from the grant, and will cover Tuition, Student Service Fee, Campus based Fees, UC-Ship, and any applicable non-resident tuition. Additionally, the GSR will earn a monthly salary based on their appointment. Appoints of less than 35% but greater than 24% will get Partial Fee Remission. (See Teaching Assistantships section for details).
- Teaching Assistantships
TAs apprentice under the active tutelage and supervision of a faculty member. Biological Engineering students are expected to TA at least twice during their graduate studies, particularly if they are interested in pursuing an academic career.
Must be an active registered student in good standing. New applicants are automatically considered and continuing students must apply quarterly.
Apply / Selection Process
Biological Engineering students should contact the Graduate Advisor to be considered for TAships. Once offers are sent out, students must sign the hiring paperwork before their Fee remission will be processed.
Any TAship of at least 25% time will get partial Fee Remission. This will cover Tuition, Student Service Fee, and UC-Ship. The student is responsible for the balance (~$376) unless it is being covered by Block Grant or NSF or other such support. Additionally, the TA will earn a monthly salary based on their appointment. (~$2500 for a 50% TAship).
Graduate students who are interested in applying for a TAship should work with their faculty member and the Biological Engineering Graduate Advisor.
- Campus Fellowships and Grants
Qualified students also are nominated for centrally administered Graduate Division fellowships such as the Chancellor's Fellowships, Regents Fellowship, Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship, Graduate Opportunity Fellowships.
New Student Central Fellowships
Nominations will be made by Faculty to the Graduate committee from incoming applicant records. The committee will choose Departmental nominees and put them forward to Graduate Division.
Continuing Central Fellowships
Several Central Fellowships are also available to continuing students in various stages of their degree progress. The call will go out to Faculty and Students and nomination packets will be submitted to the Committee for review. They will consider all candidates and choose the Departmental nominees and put them forward to Graduate Division.
Departmental money is used along with admissions offers to recruit outstanding new Graduate students to our department. No additional application is necessary. Nominations will be made by Faculty from incoming applicant records.
Students are encouraged to review and apply for the Training Grants that support their research and curricular interests.