The UC Davis Neuroscience Graduate Program provides financial support, fees and tuition for every student who is admitted to the program and who continues to make satisfactory progress. The funds come from several sources including federal training grants, federal research grants to the faculty, University fellowships and scholarships, and teaching assistantships. The program is currently funded, in part, by an NIH Training Grant in Basic Neuroscience.
Students are encouraged to apply for predoctoral fellowships. In the first year, these include fellowships from the National Science Foundation. After the second year, students are encouraged to submit proposals to NIH for Predoctoral National Research Service Awards (NRSA). Many of our students have been successful in obtaining these prestigious grants. In addition, the Neuroscience Graduate Group nominates a number of students for University fellowships.
For the 2017-18 academic year, each student will receive a competitive stipend (including summer study), plus tuition and fees. This stipend level is comparable to the other Neuroscience Programs in California. However, because the cost of living is substantially lower in Davis, the effective worth of the stipend is much greater for students at Davis, compared to students at other California universities. The tuition of those students who are not yet California residents will also be provided by the Program for their first year. Students who are U.S. nationals are expected to establish California residency after their first year at Davis.
All graduate students who will be enrolling beginning in 2017-18 and who are US citizens, permanent residents, or immigrants are required to file a "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) as early as possible, but no later than March 1. This form, submitted directly to the Federal Student Aid Program Office, Iowa City, Iowa, is used to determine financial need only, a component of the eligibility criteria for many fellowships and for all forms of financial aid. A paper copy of the FAFSA can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, Dutton Hall, on the Davis campus beginning December 1.