The Doctoral Program of the Department of Social Welfare provides various sources of financial aid, including fellowships, tuition waivers, research and teaching assistantships, and training grants. In additional, each year the Program awards the Ruby and Toby Gold Fellowship to a student studying gerontology and the Jim and Judy Bergman Fellowship to a student interested in research on social work practice. In the Department of Social Welfare, allocation of financial aid is based on both academic performance and promise and financial need. Priority for financial aid is given to first and second year students. Financial aid to cover resident tuition fees is considered a higher priority than non-resident tuition fees. Some financial aid is handled by the Director of the Doctoral Program, on behalf of the Doctoral Committee.
Doctoral students who are interested in acquiring experience in teaching as preparation for an academic teaching role are provided with the opportunity to assist faculty members in the instruction of selected undergraduate and graduate courses. Such an experience includes preparation of material for classroom presentation, actual presentation of the material, and opportunities to interact with the students. Requests for a teaching experience should be made to the Director of the Doctoral Program well in advance of the quarter during which students want to teach.
The UCLA Financial Aid Office administers grants-in-aid and loans to students. Students should pick up an application in November for the following academic year. Specific instructions will be available to students each year prior to the deadline date.
The Fellowship and Assistantship Office of Graduate Division administers University fellowships and is also a source of information and application forms for many fellowships offered by private foundations and agencies. An information booklet is published by this office each year. One copy is posted in the Department of Social Welfare; individual copies should be in your campus mailbox by December. The deadline for application for University fellowships is mid-January a half year before the fellowship year. Deadlines for privately funded fellowships vary, but are usually one year in advance of the actual fellowship award. Interested students should check with the Fellowship and Assistantship Office regularly to keep informed of opportunities as they become available. Much of this information will be distributed by the Director of the Doctoral Program through e-mail.
University emergency loans may be applied for at the Student Loan Service, A227 Murphy Hall. An emergency loan is generally for an amount up to $100.
Regulations and procedures regarding fellowships and financial aid are quite varied and are subject to change. Therefore, further information should be requested from the specific administrative office involved.