Student Financial Support

The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science aims to fully support its students in good standing for the duration of the student’s studies through a combination of resources.

IGPMS Student financial support includes graduate student research, teaching assistantships, fellowships and work study / financial aid.

Funding Types

Extramural Funding

Many IGPMS 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


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. There is no TA requirement for IGPMS, though students interested in pursuing an academic career are encouraged to TA at least twice during their graduate studies.


Must be an active registered student in good standing. New applicants are automatically considered and continuing students must apply quarterly.

Apply / Selection Process

IGPMS students should contact the Graduate Advisor in their home departments 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. (~$2295 for a 50% TAship).

TA Appointments

Graduate students who are interested in applying for a TAship should work with their advisor's home department Graduate Program Assistant by submitting an application, CV/Resume, and unofficial transcripts. For further guidance, please contact IGPMS Graduate Program Assistant at

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.


Departmental money is used along with admissions offers to recruit outstanding new Graduate students to our department. No additional application necessary. Nominations will be made by Faculty from incoming applicant records.

Block Grant can also be used for Continuing Student Support if funding is available. This usually comes in the form of Quarterly Fellowship Support, Summer Stipend, Research money, Meetings/Workshops, Travel. Students will be able to apply and submit a statement of need along with a Faculty nomination. Decisions will be based on Merit, Progress, and need.