Six sources of merit-based support funds are available for graduate students in Urban Planning. No application is necessary for incoming graduate students to apply for the awards. Decisions for the awards are made by the Department's Fellowship Committee.
- Merit-based fellowships
Some fellowships are available annually to continuing Urban Planning students through the generosity of private individuals, firms, or foundations. Fellowships usually range between $1,000 to $5,000 annually and include the Alumni Association Fellowship, Alumni Fund Fellowship, Associate Architecture and Urban Planning Fellowship, Harvey S. Perloff Fellowship, Mimi Perloff Fellowship, Leon Hoffman Fellowship, and Julie Roque Award for Environmental Justice.
- Teaching assistantships/special reader positions
Special reader positions and teaching assistantships are offered quarter by quarter. Applications are solicited toward the end of the spring quarter for the following year. To be eligible to apply, students must normally have at least second-year standing.
- Graduate student research (GSR) positions
GSR appointments depend on the extramural or Academic Senate grants secured each year by individual faculty members. Interested students should contact a faculty member working in their area of interest. The Lewis Center for Regional policy Studies and other research centers also offer a number of GSR positions each year.
- Nonresident tuition fellowship
Nonresident tuition fellowships are available to some outstanding incoming Master's or Ph.D. students who are not residents of the State of California.
- Registration fee grants
Registration fee grants are available to some outstanding incoming Master's or Ph.D. students.
- Transportation fellowships and research assistantships
Through a program jointly funded by University of California Institute of Transportation Studies, the California Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Urban Planning offers generous fellowship support to new and continuing Master's and PhD Urban Planning students who are interested in specializing in transportation policy and planning. In addition, a number of students work each year as research assistants on a variety of Institute-administered research projects. Decisions about the awards are made by the transportation faculty.