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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Spring 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer, Shawn Warner-Garcia
Monday: 10 a.m. to noon
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to noon
Friday: 10 a.m. to noon

Funding Peer, Kyle Crocco
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing Peer, Ryan Dippre
Monday: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Communications Peer, Melissa Rapp
Monday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 2 to 4 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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Pay Less for Insurance

Insurance umbrellaCredit: openclipart.comAre you insured? Do you want to be, but need to know more before making a decision? Here are four past GradPost articles to help you learn more and pay less before you buy.

Car Insurance: Do you know what the car insurance requirements are for California? Learn about basic coverage and avoid expensive payments.

Insurance Credit Score: Did you know how much you pay for your insurance is determined partly by your credit score? Learn how to improve your credit score and save more in this article.

Renter’s Insurance: Protect your belongings from theft and damage. It's cheap, it's smart, and it's dead sexy.

The 5 Types of Insurance You Don’t Need: Not all insurance is necessary. Read this past GradPost article to find out what types of insurance you shouldn't be paying for as a graduate student.


Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program

Scoville LogoThe Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program is offering full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC for outstanding individuals interested in working with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. 

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program

Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 1

Eligibility: Students interested in peace and security issues.

Benefits: $2,800 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC. The program also provides $1,000 for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings, which could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees.


More info: See the application information and also check out these articles below.

14 Reasons to Get a Job in Peace and Security

Scoville Fellows: Where Are They Now?


Partial Teaching Fellowships from the School for Scientific Thought 

The School for Scientific Thought (SST) is offering partial fellowships of up to $2,000 for science and engineering graduate students to teach a course for an audience of local and regional high school students.

Doctoral students will gain teaching experience by creating a five-session course on a topic related to their research. The SST program is a unique professional development experience that builds communication, teaching and mentoring skills, while focusing on design goals, formative assessment, instructional techniques, and oral communication.  

The schedule for the SST course will be five consecutive Saturdays in Fall 2015: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24.

Course Dates: Fall and winter quarters, 2015-16

Eligibility: Science and engineering graduate students 

Deadline: Friday, Aug. 7 

Funds: $2,000 partial fellowships will be awarded.

Apply: Use the online application.

For more information: See the School for Scientific Thought page.

Questions? If you have questions or would like to talk about SST further, email


Apply Now for 2015-16 Doctoral Student Travel Grants

TravelThe Doctoral Student Travel Grant program supports graduate students who have been selected to present research or to exhibit at a major professional conference.

The Academic Senate awards travel grants to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until the funds are expended for your division or school.

2015-16 Doctoral Student Travel Grant

Deadline: At least 21 days in advance of travel

Eligibility: All applicants must be doctoral students and advanced to candidacy, or if master of fine arts (M.F.A.) students, must be in their second year and be in candidacy prior to travel.


  • $350.00 - California
  • $685.00 - All other U.S. locations, Mexico, Canada
  • $1,030.00 - Puerto Rico, Europe
  • $1,200.00 - Central or South America
  • $1,400.00 - Asia, Africa, Middle East, South Pacific

More Info: See the application page.


Cost of Living in Santa Barbara

Ever wanted to know why you can't financially support yourself in Santa Barbara? The MIT site Living Wage Calculator might just give you the answer.

According to their site, the Living Wage Calculator can estimate the cost of living in your community or region. Their calculator also lists typical expenses, the living wage, and typical wages for the selected location.

For example, a single adult, living and working full time in Santa Barbara would need to earn at least $12.62 an hour to make a living wage. That's working 2,080 hours per year. You know, with no weeks off for good behavior.

For more depressing statistics, check out the Living Wage Calculation for Santa Barbara.

Also for fun, check out Numbeo for cost of living prices in Santa Barbara.

And Sperling's Best Places, which shows that cost of housing in Santa Barbara is five times higher than the U.S. average and other cheerful facts.


Plan Now for Major Predoctoral and Dissertation Completion Fellowships in 2016-2017

CalendarPlan ahead for your awards. Credit: openclipart.comLooking for some predoctoral or dissertation completion fellowship funds for the academic year 2016-2017 and beyond? 

If so, check out this list of some of the major predoctoral and dissertation completion fellowships out there. 

Note: All awards are for U.S. citizens and residents, except for the Mellon awards.

Predoctoral Fellowships

Boren: Boren Awards for International Study (All fields, but must study a critical language; deadline will be in January)

Department of Energy: DOE SCGSR (STEM fields; deadlines usually in September)

Ford Foundation: Ford Predoctoral (Most fields and underrepresented groups; deadline is November 20)

Fulbright: Fulbright U.S. Student Program (All fields; program deadline is October 13, 2015; the UCSB campus deadline is September 18)

Environmental Protection Agency: EPA Star (STEM fields; deadlines usually in April)

Hertz Foundation: Hertz Foundation Fellowship (STEM fields; deadline is October 30)

National Defense: NDSEG (STEM fields, deadlines usually in mid December)

National Science Foundation: NSF GRFP (STEM, ED, Social Sciences; deadlines will be the end of October and early November)

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Ford Foundation: Ford Fellowship (For most fields and underrepresented groups; deadline is November 13)

Fulbright: Fulbright Hays (For all fields; deadline is usually in April)

International Dissertation Research Fellowship: IDRF (For humanities and social sciences; no deadline posted yet)

Mellon: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship (For humanities and social sciences; deadline is October 21)

Mellon: Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources (For humanities and social sciences; deadline is usually in November)


Apply Now for 2016 Fulbright Canada Opportunities

Want to study in Canada?

Fulbright Canada is currently offering awards for academic exchange. Check out the Traditional Student Awards and the STEM Awards below.

Traditional Student Awards: These all-discipline awards can be utilized at any college, university, think tank, or government agency in Canada. There are three types of traditional awards: formal enrollment, research, and independent research.

  • Deadline: October 15
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens: all disciplines
  • Amount: US $15,000 for one nine-month academic year

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Awards: Study at one of the six top-ranked partner research institutions in Canada.

  • Deadline: November 16
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens in STEM fields wishing to study at a top-ranked Canadian institution
  • Amount: $120,000 for three academic years

For more details and more awards, please visit

For UCSB application process: Contact Robert Hamm, UCSB Fulbright Program Advisor,


Future Leaders Scholarship Program by Youth Noise

Do you have a creative idea regarding how education can make the world a better place? The people behind the 2015 Youth Noise Scholarship want to hear your concept.

Just create a short video explaining why you think education is the key to a brighter future, and how you can shape society. 

Youth Noise Scholarship Program

Deadline: November 15

Eligibility: Students at all levels who make a 2-5 minute video and post it to YouTube

Amount: $1,000

More info: Read the application.


UC Natural Reserve System Grant

UC Natural Reserve SystemImage courtesy of UC Natural Reserve SystemAre you using one of the UC Natural Reserve Systems for your research? Then there's a grant for you.

Research grants are now available to any UC graduate student who is using one or more of the 39 sites in the UC Natural Reserve System.

A total of $38,000 is available for grants, with a maximum award of $3,000 per applicant. Students from any academic discipline may apply.

Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant

Deadline: Monday, October 26

Eligibility: UC grad student in any discipline using the UC Natural Reserve System

Amount: Up to $3,000

More Info: Read the application.


Funding Deadlines for July 2015

Looking for funding opportunities to apply to in July? Below you will find a few promising ones offered by a whole bunch of government organizations. Most are for postdocs and ABD students, but a few are open to all graduate students.

All information comes through the UCLA GRAPES database. Click on the individual links for more details.

Open To All (no citizenship or residency requirements):

July 11: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program (For Ph.D. students whose dissertation proposal discusses policy-relevant urban research)

July 12: University of Minnesota, Juran Fellowship (Social sciences and public affairs fields for dissertation research related to quality) 

July 12: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Internship Program (For those interested in the museum-related fields)

July 15: L.S.B. Leakey Foundation General Research Grants (ABD students in fields researching human origins and evolution)

July 15: The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Kluge Center Fellowships (Postdocs in Social Sciences, Humanties, or Fine Arts)

July 31: Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Sofja Kovalevskaja Program (Postdocs in all fields; with good command of German language)

U.S. Citizens and Residents Only:

July 1: NASA Postdoctoral Program (Postdocs in fields of Space Science, Earth Science, Aeronautics, Space Operations, Exploration Systems, and Astrobiology)

July 1: United States Department of State, Student Intern Program (Unpaid internship open to all fields)

July 20: National Science Foundation (NSF) Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship (Postdocs in Physical Sciences or Engineering)

July 31: The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) Scholarship Program (For Hispanic graduate students studying entertainment and media-related fields)