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Graduate Peers Hours

Spring 2014

Academic Peer:
Torrey Trust

Mon: 1 to 4 p.m.
Tues: 1 to 4 p.m.
Wed: noon to 3 p.m. 

Diversity & Outreach Peer:
Hala Sun


Funding Peer:
Kyle Crocco


Writing Peer:
Ryan Dippre

Tues: 10 to 11 a.m. &
2 to 6 p.m.
Wed: 9 to 11 a.m.
Thurs: 10 to 11 a.m. 
Fri: 9 to 11 a.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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Head Start and Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants

Head StartCredit: Head StartThe Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are offering two research grants:

  1. Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants
  2. Child Care Research Scholars

Purpose: to support dissertation research addressing issues of significance related to Head Start, Early Head Start, and CCDF, that will inform policy decisions and solutions, especially for underserved or understudied populations.

Research Topics: Applied research questions that will inform and improve Head Start, Early Head Start, and/or child care policies and practice on topics of current interest. For suggestions of topics that may be of interest to ACF, click the links for the full announcements (above).

Eligilibilty: Doctoral-level graduate students who have a faculty mentor with a Ph.D. or equivalent in the respective field who conducts research as a primary professional responsibility in their university.

Award: $25,000 may be awarded for each budget period.  

Deadlines: May 15 for letters of intent; June 16 for applications.

Questions: Email,, or call 877-350-5913


Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy, 2014-2015

You Have FundingApplications are now being accepted for the Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy, 2014-2015.

Background: The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB endowment supports outstanding graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UCSB (Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sci­ences, Science) whose research or programs of study advance the goals of broad-based cultural literacy and high ethical standards in our participative democracy.

Topics: All topics must relate to some aspect of contemporary values and ethics in the “public sphere,” such as the importance of civility and tolerance, appreciation for pluralism and human rights, understanding better how public issues are framed, ways in which social conflict is resolved, improving and extending democratic practice, and the role of public humanities generally in society.

Support: May be provided for dissertation fellowships, supplemental fellowships, summer stipends, or for special research projects.

Deadline: Thursday, May 1, by 5 p.m.

Eligibility: Registered graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UCSB (Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sci­ences, Science) who have advanced to candidacy and whose research or programs of study advance the goals of broad-based cultural literacy and high ethical standards in our participative democracy.

Amount: $2,500 or $5,000.

To Apply: Download and complete the application materials, along with a CV, project description, and three references, including the dissertation director or faculty advisor.

Questions: Contact Dr. Leonard Wallock, Associate Director, at 805-893-2317 or email


McNair Scholar Program Hiring Graduate Student Mentor Peers; Deadline Is April 28

McNair ScholarsThe latest scholars to join the program. Credit: McNair Scholars ProgramTwo McNair Scholars Program Graduate Mentors will be hired to serve as role models and advisors to undergraduate participants.

The goals of the McNair Scholars program are to increase the number of first-generation, low income and/or under-represented students in Ph.D. programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country.

Duties: assisting in the production of the McNair newsletter, brochures, and journal; organizing events and training sessions; participating and occasionally facilitating quarterly seminars, providing feedback for scholarly and undergraduate research assignments and other projects as needed.

Pay: Mentors will be paid at the appropriate GSR hourly rate for 10 hours per week, plus partial tuition/fee remission for three quarters (for graduate students without institutional support).

Eligibility: Must be a UCSB graduate student in good standing in any doctoral degree-granting program; have successfully completed first year of graduate education; be familiar with McNair, UC LEADS, or other similar pre-graduate preparation programs; show some experience teaching or advising undergraduates. Graduate students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math degrees are highly encouraged to apply.

Availability: Graduate mentors must be available to begin employment during the week of June 16, 2014, and be willing to commit 10 hours per week between June 16 and Aug. 15, 2014, and during the 2014-15 academic year. Ability to start during Spring Quarter 2014 would be ideal but not required.

Application Deadline: April 28

To Apply: Submit materials to Assistant Director Monique Limón at

Application Materials: 

  • CV
  • names of two faculty and/or staff references
  • a cover letter of no more than two pages (outlining your research, mentoring, public service, and teaching experience and commitment to the goals of the McNair Scholars Program)

For more information: Go to the McNair Scholars program website.


Chicano Studies Institute Dissertation Award Deadline Extended to April 23

The Chicano Studies Institute has extended its deadline to Wednesday, April 23, for proposals from graduate students engaged in research on topics pertaining to Chicana/o or Latina/o populations in the United States. Projects grounded in all academic fields are welcome.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 23.

Eligibility: Graduate students who have advanced to candidacy.

Award: Grants of up to $2,500 each will be provided to support research leading to the completion of the dissertation for the period July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

To Apply: Interested UCSB graduate students should submit one copy (hard copy or PDF) of the following:

  • application form
  • a three-page narrative that includes a
    1. description of the significance of the research,
    2. detailed description of the methodology to be used
    3. timeline
    4. detailed budget and budget justification.
  • current vitae
  • completed recommendation form from a faculty advisor

To Submit: By hard copy to the Institute, South Hall 4517, or via email to by 4 p.m. on April 23. Late, incomplete, or faxed submissions will not be accepted

Questions: Contact Raphaëlla Nau at

Funding can be used for supplies and other costs associated with research (e.g., interview transcribing, research subject payments). Up to $500 can be requested for research conference travel. Proposals will be evaluated by a selection committee appointed by the Advisory Committee of the Chicano Studies Institute. By the summer quarter of 2015, applicants awarded funding will be expected to write a brief report of their expenditures. Awardees may also be asked to present their research in a colloquium.


Fulbright Information Session on May 1

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If you're planning to apply for the 2015-16 Fulbright this coming year (or want to get more information about it), come to the Fulbright information session on Thursday, May 1.

The session will cover the Fulbright application process at UCSB,  tips for putting together the best Fulbright application possible, and insights from Dr. John Hajda, who has served on our internal faculty review committees, on what makes a good application. Dr. Hajda will also be available to answer any questions you may have.

The Fulbright is one of the largest and most prestigious international exchange programs worldwide, offering opportunities for students to undertake international study, research, and teaching.


When: Thursday, May 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room

Eligibility: U.S. Citizens only. Permanent residents are not eligible.

RSVP: Funding Peer Kyle Crocco at Include your name, email, year, field of study, and country of interest (if you've narrowed down a country you'd like to go to with a Fulbright).


Note: Fulbright competition begins May 1. The campus application deadline is Friday, September 12.


CAPS Hiring a Mental Health Peer for 2014-2015

CAPSCAPS building. Credit: CAPSCounseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is hiring a Mental Heath Peer for the 2014-2015 school year.

Graduate students interested in peer helping, outreach, and/or mental health issues (e.g., reducing stigma) are encouraged to apply. There will be an information session on April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. that is recommended, but not required, for applicants.

Mental Health Peers are expected to work up to an average of 10 hours per week for 10 weeks of the quarter, six to seven of which are office hours at CAPS or Santa Catalina. MHPP operational hours are determined on a quarter-by-quarter basis based on the availability of the current MHP.


Mental Health Peer Position

Information Session: April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Deadline: April 21

Hours: 10 per week

Pay: $10 an hour

Job Descripton: See online description.

Application Form: Download and complete.

Questions: Come to the Mental Health Peer office (Building 599) and talk to a current peer, or call 805-893-4411 


Apply for $1,500 F.C. Tucker Scholarship

Credit: F.C. Tucker CompanyThe F.C. Tucker Company Inc. will be awarding one scholarship this year. This $1,500 award will go to the student who best demonstrates the values and principles crucial to running a successful business.

In order to win the scholarship, students will have to demonstrate their personal values through an essay and attached personal statement. The winner will be chosen based on the quality of their personal essay and the character reflected in their personal statement.

Students who have a history of active involvement in leadership positions or the community will be at an advantage, though all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

The winner will be notified by June 30.


F.C. Tucker Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, May 30

Eligibility: Graduate students who are enrolled at an accredited academic institution for the 2015-2015 academic year and who are U.S. citizens or residents

Funds: $1,500

Apply: Complete online application.

For more information: See the scholarship description.


Funding Deadlines for July 2014

You Have FundingHere are some scholarships and grants that graduate students can apply for with deadlines in July.

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 1: American Institute Of Indian Studies Fellowship Programs

July 8: University Of Minnesota, Juran Doctoral Awards

July 15: Guido Senn Award For Academic Achievement And Altruism

July 15: The John W. Kluge Center At The Library Of Congress, Kluge Center Fellowhips

July 17: American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate, Predoctoral Fellowships

July 31: Council Of Graduate Schools/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award

July 31: Korea Foundation, Fellowships For Korean Language Training

U.S. Citizens and Residents Only

July 1: National Science Foundation (NSF) Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship


Apply Early for Financial Assistance Grants from the GSA

Helping HandCredit: Microsoft OfficeThe Graduate Students Association (GSA) provides a variety of grants to provide you with financial assistance during your graduate career. Since funds are limited, it's always good to apply as early in the quarter as possible. Funding opportunities include:

  • Childcare Grant - A small stipend for graduate students with dependents who are in the process of completing one of their milestones (i.e., master's thesis, qualifying exams). Applications are due by the last day of the quarter in which a student completes a milestone activity.
  • Conference Travel Grant - Once an academic year, you can receive up to $200 in reimbursement for travel or registration costs to present your research at a conference. This grant is for students who have not yet advanced to candidacy. Applications are accepted for review on or before the last day of the following quarter in which the student attended the conference.
  • Emergency Relief Grant - If you face an unexpected hardship, you are eligible to apply for an Emergency Relief Grant (ranging from $100-$1000). Applications are accepted at anytime; however, the grant fund is limited, so applicants have a better chance of receiving a grant if they apply earlier in the quarter.

Graduate Assistant Position for Sexual & Gender Diversity Resource Center 

Logo Resource CenterThe Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (RCSGD) is hiring a Graduate Assistant for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Graduate Assistant reports directly to the Associate Director of LGBT Services and will assist with the RCSGD initiatives and programs. The position is 15 to 20 hours a week, which may include some evenings and weekend hours.

As part of their duties the RCSGD Graduate Assistant will support the Center, gain practical/hands-on experience, and collaborate with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. The Graduate Assistant will help to increase student involvement and to enhance students’ collegiate experience by supporting the initiatives of the RCSGD.


  • Experience working with students of diverse educational, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ issues/concerns and an interest in working with LGBTQ students.
  • Ability to work 15 hours per week (including evening and weekend hours).
  • Good communication skills.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Deadline: Wednesday, April 23, at 5 p.m.

Compensation: $15 an hour

Terms of appointment: 9-month appointment; typically mid-September to mid-June.

To apply: Please send a letter of interest, current resume or CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Klint Jaramillo, Associate Director of LGBT Services, at



Responsibilities include:

  • Organize, host, and oversee quarterly LGBTQ graduate student mixers.
  • Organize, plan and implement two events per quarter for graduate students.
  • Serve as liaison between RCSGD and Graduate Students Association.
  • Attend Graduate Students Association meetings, as required.
  • Collaborate with Associate Director in the implementation and development of educational programs, including but not limited to Safe Zone, Intervening as an Ally, LGBTQ in Academe, and LGBTQ Mentoring Program.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of Young, Wild & Free, Emerging Leaders Institute, Ally Awards, and Lavender Graduation.
  • Assist in benchmarking, research models for services and other data gathering activities for program and service development.
  • Represent the Center at various events and outreach activities.
  • Communicate clearly, accurately, and professionally in all interactions and materials representing the RCSGD.
  • Collaborate with RCSGD undergraduate student staff members and campus and community partners in support of RCSGD goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.