How to complete a Ph.D. without going deeply into debt is a subject that interests everyone who considers graduate studies. Our program does not have its own fellowships, so our students tend to rely on three types of support: 1) Teaching Assistantships and Readerships; 2) Research Assistantships; 3) internal or external fellowships. Because we do not have an undergraduate program, most of our students support themselves by working as TAs in other programs and departments for up to 3 quarters per year.
Tuition and fee remission (including health insurance), a monthly stipend over 9 months, and other benefits accompany teaching and research assistantships. Student employment salary scales can be viewed HERE. The Office of the Dean of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies guarantees a minimal level of support for all Cultural Studies students for their first five years at UC Davis. There is a five to six year cap for TAships and Research Assistantships. Note that graduate students may work up to 15 quarters as a Teaching Assistant or Associate Instructor, and up to 15 quarters as a Graduate Student Researcher. Appointments beyond 15 quarters may be made on an exception basis up to a maximum of 18 quarters. The 18 quarter limit is absolute and no exceptions will be granted. A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is required to hold an academic appointment.
CST will cover first year Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) for out-of-state US residents. These students must apply for California residency immediately upon arrival in Davis in order to avoid being charged NRST after the first year. CST will also cover NRST for first year international students. International students are charged NRST only in the first year as long as they are making normative progress towards their degree.
While some internal fellowships are awarded to incoming students, many more fellowships, both internal and external, are open to more advanced students who are researching or writing their dissertations. CST students have an excellent track record for receiving fellowships. For external sources of funding, students should consult the Annual Register of Grant Support, Peterson’s Financial Register for International Study, The Graduate Scholarship Book: The Complete Guide to Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans for Graduate and Professional Study. Check the UC Davis Graduate Studies Financial Support website for more detailed and helpful information
Summer support may be available dependent on program funding.