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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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$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.


Get Paid to Make a Difference as a 2017-18 UC Student Regent

university of californiaMake a difference in the lives of all UC students while getting paid as a Student Regent for the Board of Regents of the University of California system. The Student Regent is a voting member of The Regents of the University of California and will have power to influence UC policy. Prior to serving as a Regent for one year (2017-18), the appointee will spend the prior academic year (2016-17) as a “Regent-designate” without voting power. This position is perfect for a graduate student and will provide funding for two years.

 The board meets six times a year, every other month, for two-day meetings.

Compensation: Fees and tuition waiver for two years and reimbursement for expenses incurred for attending meetings

Deadline: Feb. 28

For more information about the position and about previous Student Regents, go to You can find the online application here


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Paper Competition

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICSPR) announces its 2016 Research Paper Competition. The competition highlights exemplary original research using quantitative analysis. The ICSPR will accept papers by undergraduate, Master's, and recent students, focusing on any topic using the ICSPR Archive or Thematic Collections. The top papers in both the undergrad and Master’s categories will receive cash prizes.ICPSR logo

Deadline: Jan. 31

Prizes: First-place winner, $1,000; second-place winner, $750

Eligibility: Any undergraduate, Master’s, or recent student paper with original quantitative analysis using data from the ICSPR. Student co-authors are permitted; faculty co-authors are not.

For more information, visit the ICPSR website


UC Global Health Institute Offers a Summer Intensive Course in Sri Lanka

UC Global HealthThe UC Global Health Institute Center of Expertise is pleased to offer One Health in Action: An Intensive Field Course in Sri Lanka. In this exciting course, offered July 11-29 in Sri Lanka, students will gain healthcare field experience, including access to adequate and safe food resources and water, human and animal disease prevention, resilient ecosystems, and culturally appropriate health care. This three-week, action-oriented field course is designed for a collegial, inquisitive, multi-disciplinary group of students in human health sciences, veterinary medicine, agriculture, nutrition, and environmental science. Applicants must be currently enrolled at one of the University of California campuses. Academic credit is available.

Course: One Health in Action: An Intensive Field Course in Sri Lanka GiraffeCredit: UC Davis Global Health

Deadline: Jan. 20

Eligibility: Professional degree and graduate students at a UC campus studying medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, agriculture, nutrition, public health, or environmental sciences

Course dates: July 11-29

Course fee: $3,200 (plus airfare)

For more information, please visit their website.


2016-18 Posen Society of Fellows

Posen Foundation logoThe Posen Foundation announces its fourth Posen Society of Fellows, the 2016-18 cohort of six international emerging scholars working on modernization processes in Jewish history, society, and culture. The Fellows are awarded two annual stipends of $20,000 and will convene for two summer seminars in the US together with the preceding or subsequent cohort (for a total of 12 Fellows) to share their work, participate in professionalization workshops and attend lectures by leading Jewish Studies scholars. Fellows will be expected to maintain ongoing contact to support each other’s work, and to submit an annual report on their progress to the foundation.

Deadline: Jan. 15

Eligibility: All Ph.D. candidates (dissertation topics approved by Apr. 1), regardless of nationality or religion. Applicants may not hold concurrent awards/fellowships in excess of $10,000/year.

Award: $40,000 (paid over two years), and two summer seminars led by Jewish Studies scholars

For more information, visit the Posen Foundation website