Financial Information

Financial Support

Financial support is available to qualified students in the form of fellowships, loans, and assistantships. This information is subject to change.

2017/2018 Graduate Support Package

Guaranteed for first four years:

For California Residents

Academic year (9 month) base stipend/salary
Covereage of resident fees and health insurance*

Yearly Total for Residents:

$22,000.00
$17,019.18

$39,019.18

For Non-California Residents

Academic year (9 month) base stipend/salary
Coverage Non-resdident fees & health insurance*
(non-resident fees for first-year only)

First Year Total for Nonresidents

$22,000.00
$32,121.18


$54,121.48

For International Students

Academic year (9 month) base stipend/salary
Coverage Non-resdident fees & health insurance
(non-resident fees for first three years)**

First Year Total for International Students

$22,000.00
$32,121.18


$54,121.48


*Non-California residents must establish California residency before start of the second year.
** International students must advance to candidacy before start of fourth year.

Full support is based on acceptable academic standing within the department.


Additional Funding Opportunities (not part of guaranteed package):

  • Typical Annual Travel Award for students presenting posters at conferences: $400- $500
  • Typical earnings for Summer:
    • Summer Session TAship: $1,519 - $3,038 per course
    • For Advanced Students: Instruction for Summer Session or Academic Graduate Student Researcher (GSR): $1,139 - $4,558 per month
    • Connections: $3,328

During academic year 2014-2015, average stipend/salary for students (years 1 – 4) enrolled full-time was $25,240. This includes guaranteed department support, and additional funding in the form of fellowships, and summer GSR support.

Students are encouraged to apply for outside sources of funding. Please see Graduate Division for more fellowship information.

This information is subject to change.

Travel Funds

The Department of Cognitive Science supports graduate student participation in scientific conferences. We strongly encourage you to submit papers and posters to conferences. There are several kinds of sources of funding available for your participation in conferences.

Department Funds

If your paper or poster is accepted for presentation, and if you do not have access to other travel funds (see below), the department will fund *some* of your travel expenses. In order to get the most out of our limited funds and give the greatest number of students a chance to participate in conferences, we can only cover air travel at the lowest available economy fare, and a budget hotel room.

In past years, we have been able to fund all the requests we received up to a limit of $500. If we run out of money, of course, we won't be able to fund any more trips. In general, priority will be given to domestic travel requests. Requests for foreign travel will be considered, but we may not be able to provide full reimbursement for air and hotel. When your paper or poster has been accepted and when you have determined that other funds are not available, please include the following information on a Request For Funds form. Hard copy forms are also located outside Room 149.

  1. Name of the conference
  2. The form of your presentation (oral or poster)
  3. Acceptance rates for oral and poster presentations at this conference (if available)
  4. Amount of support requesting

Once approved, please contact the Fiscal Assistant (room 147, or at x46776) for further instructions on reimbursement and/or any advance payments you will require.

Academic Senate Funds for Travel to other UC Campuses and Labs

Each year, the academic senate allocates funds to the department for faculty and graduate student travel to other UC campuses and labs. You should apply the same way as other grad travel. Please note, however, that the money can only be used for transportation expenses. Traditionally, these funds have gone virtually untapped.

Faculty Research Grants

Speak to your advisor about the availability of funds from her/his research grants.