Financial Support

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April Godwin
IGG Graduate Group Coordinator
(530) 752-4863


  • Each year the University of California, Davis offers fellowships and graduate scholarships for entering and continuing graduate students. Stipends are approximately $28,000 plus fees. Because the number of awards is limited and the competition keen, only students with distinguished scholarship will be considered. In the evaluation of applications, consideration is given to the extent and quality of previous academic work, evidence of ability in research or professional skill, intellectual capacity, and the promise of productive scholarship. All appointees are expected to devote full time to graduate study and research on the Davis campus.
  • Applications for fellowships and graduate scholarships are considered once a year. Continuing student applications must be submitted by December 1st . Prospective student applications must be submitted by January 15th. Awards are made for the subsequent academic year, beginning in the Fall Quarter.

FAFSA Requirement

All graduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or immigrants are required to file a "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) as early as possible, but no later than March 1. This form, submitted directly to the Federal Student Aid Program Office, Iowa City, Iowa, is used to determine financial need only, a component of the eligibility criteria for many fellowships, and for all forms of financial aid. The FAFSA form may also be obtained via their Web site at

Group Support for Ph.D. Students

In addition to covering the cost of in-state fees, the IGG offers Ph.D. students five years of support at the level of approximately $28,000 per year. Funding will be from various sources including teaching assistantships, Graduate Student Researcher positions, traineeships, fellowships (unless stipulated for domestic students only), or any combination of the above. Students are expected to maintain at least a 3.00 GPA and otherwise demonstrate good standing within the group for continued eligibility for this support. It is IGG's policy not to provide financial support from group resources to master's degree students.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships (TA-ships) are available to qualified students for a variety of undergraduate courses in the life sciences. These positions are offered through individual departments rather than through the graduate group. Therefore, interested students need to contact these departments directly.