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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Ph.D. Course and Funding at Freie Universität Berlin

Ph.D. students are invited to take advantage of an opportunity to study at Freie Universität Berlin for 3-6 months starting in October. An application to study abroad for a semester is available through Erasmus+, along with free tuition. Applications for 5 available exchange spots are due May 31. These spots also come with monthly living stipends (€800/month) and local travel allowances (€1100). Freie Universität Berlin

Application Deadline: May 31

Visa Requirements: Entry visa requirements vary by citizenship; all international students must apply for residence permits.

Program Dates: Starting in October, continuing 3-6 months

Mandatory Expenses: All students must have comprehensive health insurance valid in Germany and pay non-university “social fees” of €250/semester (which provides a ticket for public transportation throughout Berlin for the semester).

Allowances: Monthly stipend (€800/month) and local travel allowance (€1100)

Apply with their application form. All required materials and more details are available on their website.


Management Training Course for the Biotech Industry

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), in partnership with the Keck Graduate Institute, is offering a one-week intensive management training course from July 11-16 at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA. This course will accommodate 50 graduate students and postdocs (international and domestic). The course registration fee is $300, with an additional, optional accommodations package of $500.

The course will introduce Ph.D. scientists to the skills they need to thrive in industry and will expose them to the culture, organizational structures, and practices of life science companies through MBA-style case-based classroom experiences, networking, professional development workshops, and a team-based project. They will learn how academic science is commercialized and gain insight into the way industry views scientific research. The course is designed for advanced graduate students with at least three years of research experience and for postdocs.

Eligibility: Postdocs and Ph.D. students with at least 3 years' research experience; both international and US students are welcome to apply.

Application Deadline: April 15

Program Dates: July 11-16

Program Fees: $300; accommodations (optional) are an additional $500.

Where: Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA

Apply online here.


Last Finding Funding Workshop of the Quarter!

Credit: quickmemes.comIf you’re already thinking about how you’ll find funding for next year’s tuition, or where your next research grant will come from, register now for the last Finding Funding Workshop of Winter Quarter! We’ll discuss campus resources, fellowship opportunities, and extramural funding databases. Bring your computer, and we’ll bring the snacks.

When: Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

Where: SRB 1103

RSVP now to Funding Peer Advisor Steph Griffin




Scholarship Opportunities for Female Students recently published a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities available exclusively to female students across all subject areas. Their list includes scholarships intended specifically for minority women and women with different life circumstances, including single mothers, military veterans, and those over 40. You can check out their list here, and happy funding hunting!


$200 Book Grant Available for Re-Entry/Non-Traditional Students

The Professional Women’s Association (PWA) is offering a limited number of $200 book grants for re-entry/non-traditional students.

Grants are intended to support current UCSB re-entry/non-traditional students who face challenges to complete their degrees due to being a student, parent, wage earner, community volunteer, and/or participant in co-curricular activities. UCSB defines a re-entry/non-traditional student as someone who is returning to his or her education after a period of time, and/or is married, and/or has dependents. The committee will choose the scholarship recipients based on a student’s application and financial need. UCSB PWA

Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 24 by 5 p.m.

Eligibility: Currently enrolled UCSB re-entry/non-traditional student, who has never won the award.

To Apply: Online applications only.

Questions: Contact the PWA 2015-16 Awards & Recognition Co-chairs: Nancy Chudy or Angelica Diaz.

Applicants will be notified if they were selected and announced to the community no later than March 11. Awards will be disbursed at the beginning of Spring Quarter, and winners will be recognized at the PWA Professional Development Conference in May.


2016-17 Capital Fellows Programs Applications Due Feb. 8

The Capital Fellows Programs, administered through Sacramento State University, are accepting applications for the 2016-17 cohort until Monday, Feb. 8. The Capital Fellows Programs comprise four fellowships in public policy and leadership. Starting in Fall 2016, Fellows will work for 10-11 months in Sacramento within a judicial, executive, or legislative office, as employees of Sacramento State. Additionally, the Fellows will attend weekly graduate seminars conducted by their program’s academic advisors. Capital Fellows Programs

Application Deadline: Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.

Benefits: Employees of Sacramento State; monthly stipend of $2,627; health benefits

Eligibility: Anyone with a bachelor’s degree (no preferred major); non-US citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status

For more information and to apply, please visit their website


Call for Applications: Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy

The UC Center Sacramento announces its second annual Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy. The award will recognize excellence in graduate student research with a direct impact on public policy. The recipients of the Emerging Scholars Award will receive a $500 prize and will deliver an invited policy lecture at the UC Center in Summer 2016. Submissions will be accepted through March 1. UC Center Sacramento

Award: $500 and an opportunity to deliver a policy lecture at the UC Center.

Deadline: Mar. 1.

Application requirements: 250-word abstract; two-page summary of paper; CV; teaching evaluations from the last two quarters; letter of recommendation from a supervising professor.

To apply: Submit all materials (with the letter of recommendation sent separately by the professor) to Dee Powell with the subject line “Emerging Scholars."


New UCHRI Grant: Grad Student Dissertation Support

The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for graduate student dissertation support grants during the 2016-17 academic year, contingent upon available funding. Funds are for the direct support of graduate student research in the humanities. All applicants must submit a budget that explains how funds will be used. UCHRI

Eligibility: UC grad students performing research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences

Award: Up to $1,000

Deadline: Feb. 12

Applications are accepted online via FastApps. For more information, visit the UCHRI website.


Summer Funding Opportunity: Humanities in the Community

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts announce a new summer funding opportunity in public humanities open to HFA M.F.A. students and Ph.D. candidates.  The grant will provide summer funding in the amount of $5,000 to support projects that advance civic engagement through scholarly and creative work in the humanities and arts. Funding may be used either to support projects that will be executed in summer 2016 or to support the planning of projects that will be executed in the 2016-17 academic year. Interested students are highly encouraged to attend one of the informational sessions on developing community partnerships. IHC

Award: $5,000

Eligibility: HFA M.F.A. students and Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy

Information Sessions:

  • Jan. 27 at 5:15 p.m. in McCune Conference Room (6020 HSSB)
  • Feb. 2 at 4:00 p.m. in McCune Conference Room (6020 HSSB)

Deadline: Mar. 4 to

For more information on the application, please visit IHC’s website


Graduate Mentors Needed for McNair Scholars Program

The UCSB McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduates for entrance into graduate programs in all fields of study with opportunities to participate in research activities. McNair Scholars Program Graduate Mentors are needed to serve as role models and advisors to undergraduate participants, assist with McNair publications, organize events and training sessions, facilitate quarterly seminars, and provide feedback for research assignments.

Compensation: The appropriate GSR hourly rate for 10 hours/week, plus partial tuition/fee remission for three quarters.

Eligibility: Any UCSB Ph.D. student in good standing who has successfully completed their first year of graduate education. S/he should be familiar with McNair, UC LEADS, or other similar programs, and have some experience teaching or advising undergrads. Students pursuing STEM degrees are highly encouraged to apply.

Program Dates: From the start of Spring 2016, through the 2016-17 academic year. Mentors must also be willing to commit 10 hours/week between June 20 – Aug. 19, 2016.

Application Deadline: Feb. 29.

Please send CV, names of two faculty references, and cover letter outlining your research, mentoring or public service experience, and commitment to the goals of the McNair Scholars Program, to Monique Limon.