Graduate Research Assistant (GSR)
A GSR is the most common form of funding. Faculty members obtain contracts from various government agencies and industry to carry out research in applied topics. A portion of these funds is meant to pay trained graduate students a salary to assist in research which will normally result in a thesis or dissertation for the student and scientific progress for the faculty and agency. Each faculty member determines if he/she has the funding available to support GSR positions, determines whom to hire, and the details on the expectations for the hire.
All admitted, graduate students are automatically considered for departmental funding opportunities with the UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Award amounts may vary to include registration, fees, nonresident tuition, and student stipend. The departmental fellowships are highly competitive and are typically awarded only to the most highly recruited applicants. Departmental funding awards are typically offered by email in mid-March.
The University fellowship application is integrated as part of the main application for admission. The deadline for the university fellowship application is the same as that of the application for admission — 12midnight on December 1.
The UCLA Graduate Division has a webpage dedicated to Funding Options for Entering Students. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Office of Graduate Student Affairs encourages all applicants to review the Guide and apply for all opportunities for which they qualify. The GRAPES database contains information on many extramural fellowship opportunities.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
All domestic applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for need-based funding opportunities.
Teaching Assistant (TA) positions
TA positions are reserved for 2+ year students. First year students and applicants are not eligible for TA positions.
The UCLA Financial Aid Office provides some budget figures that will assist students in preparing for the costs of living in LA and attending UCLA. These figures are meant to be used as a tool to better prepare students.