Financial Aid & Special Appointments

Financial Aid & Special Appointments

In addition to general UCSB fellowships and grants, the Department has a special endowment fund, the Ralph W. Church Fund, a certain amount of which can be used each year to award fellowships, teaching assistantships, and readerships.

Application Fee Waivers

Some applicants qualify for fee waivers. There are various paths to a fee waiver. First, they are available to participants in certain programs, for instance the Minority Student Enrichment Program (MSEP) and the McNair Scholars program. (The full list is available through the application portal.) Second, they are available on the basis of household income, for instance those with a gross income of under $29,685 for a family of three. Third, students who have received significant financial aid from their current university may be eligible for a fee waiver. Fee waiver requests and supporting documentation must be received by the Graduate Division two weeks prior to the application deadline.


Fellowships are awarded for up to $18,000 plus fees, insurance, and tuition for the first year of study; two to six awarded per year.

Teaching Assistantships

These pay approximately $7,000 per quarter for a full assignment, and additionally cover tuition, insurance and most fees. Appointments are made for one, two, or three quarters per year. TAs assist in lower division classes such as Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Introduction to Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, and sometimes in upper division classes, by holding discussion sections and grading papers and exams. Teaching Assistantships may also be available in other departments and programs of the University. They are normally given to students who have demonstrated promise in course work here. Our primary financial aid to first year students are the fellowships mentioned above.


There is no specific number of readerships, as this depends on enrollments and the decision of the instructor whether or not to use a reader. Readerships pay about $16.50 per hour.