UC Merced is proud to provide extensive financial support for our graduate students. Nearly all of our doctoral students receive full financial support during the academic year via teaching assistantships, graduate student research assistantships, and/or fellowships. Most Ph.D. students also receive summer support, and many of our programs provide support for travel to conferences, summer workshops and other professional meetings.

All physics Ph.D. students have guaranteed funding for 5 years.


of our Ph.D. students receive full financial support each semester in the form of Teaching Assistantships (TA), Graduate Student Research (GSR) assistantships, and/or fellowships.

Types of Funding Available


TA positions provide graduate students with opportunities to gain experience in their field of study, and also provide invaluable experiences to students who plan to pursue an academic career. TAs help provide instruction in larger courses, and may also lead lab or discussion sections, assist in preparing class/lab materials, and grade exams and papers.


GSR positions allow students to gain experience in research techniques and methods while working closely with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, other graduate students and even undergraduate students on spcific research projects. Some projects may provide opportunities for advanced students to lead certain efforts especially valuable for graduate students who plan on pursuing careers in research.


Fellowships are awards made directly to graduate students to support advancement in their academic programs and careers. While supported by fellowships, students can focus 100% on their research and have more time to produce scholarship and advance to their degree.



Internal Opportunities

> Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship

> Earle C. Anthony Fellowship

> Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship

> Fields Family Fellowship

> Graduate Dean's Recruitment Fellowship

> Graduate Group Recruitment Fellowship

> Health Sciences Fellowship

> Hotchalk Fellowship

> John and Victoria Elia Fellowship

> Renewable Energy Fellowship

> Southern California Edison Recruitment Fellowship

Graduate Division fellowship awards can take the form of a stipend, cover fees or both. Make sure to check out each award's eligibility requirements on our website.

External Opportunities

This list of externally funded fellowships and awards are available to new graduate students. See our website for direct links to each program. Examples include:

> NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

> NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)

> Ford Foundation Fellowship

> DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF)

> NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP)

> NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project (JPFP)

> National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship

> Envrionmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (EPA Star)

> UC MEXUS- CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships

> Fulbright U.S. Student Program