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.

 Graduate Advisor

Graduate Advisor & Emphasis Coordinator

Funding Types

Extramural Funding

Many Biological Engineering students may also be eligible and are strongly encouraged to apply for extramural pre-doctoral fellowships.

UCSB Graduate Student Resource Center

Visit UCSB Graduate Divisions graduate student resource center website for further extramural funding opportunities.

Graduate Student Research

Eligibility

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.

Eligibility

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.

Support Coverage

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).

TA Appointments

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.

Grants

 

Departmental funds

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.

Training Grants

Students are encouraged to review and apply for the Training Grants that support their research and curricular interests.