Financial Support

Ph.D. students are eligible to receive University funding support during the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters in cohort year one through five of the Ph.D. degree program. Funding support is provided conditionally based on the Department’s evaluation of individual student time to degree completion and degree progress.  San Francisco Bay Area residency during the Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters in academic cohort years one through five is required for eligibility to receive funding, with exceptional consideration for academic year(s)/quarters dedicated to approved dissertation-related research beginning in year four.  The Department of Anthropology endeavors to provide financial support (through fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships) to all students who maintain satisfactory degree progress in years one through five of the Ph.D. program. 

Degree Progress

First-year students who have not obtained a graduate degree previous to entering the Ph.D. program and who have not obtained extramural funding previous to entering the Ph.D. program, are required to submit one extramural funding application to a funding agency (i.e. NSF GRFP, or other similar funding application) supporting graduate doctoral training (for example, funding support for graduate training during the first three years of the Ph.D. degree program) by the first day of finals week in the Autumn Quarter of the first year. First-year students who have graduate work or who have obtained a graduate degree previous to entering the Ph.D., or who are foreign national students, may be ineligible to submit a funding application for graduate training. In this circumstance, first-year students are required to draft a funding proposal equivalent to the NSF GRFP for submission to the first-year faculty mentors by the first day of finals week in the Autumn Quarter of the first year.

To confirm eligibility for the standard Summer Quarter funding in the First year or Second year, Ph.D. students submit the Summer Quarter Funding Support in the First and Second of the Ph.D form, inclusive of an approved pre-dissertation research proposal, on or by May 15 in the Spring Quarter of the first and second years.

Entering Third-year students must submit three dissertation research funding proposals to the faculty adviser for approval by the first day of finals week in the Autumn Quarter. Third-year Ph.D. students must submit an approved extramural funding proposal to at least three distinct funding agencies (usually the NSF DDRIG, the Wenner Gren, and either Fulbright or Fulbright Hays...) by the end of the Summer Quarter in the third year.

To confirm eligibility for standard Summer Quarter funding in the Third year, Fourth or Fifth years, Ph.D. students submit the Summer Quarter Funding Support in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Years of the Ph.D form inclusive of the approved Dissertation research proposal, on or by May 15 in the Spring Quarter of the respective year. 

A department offer of sixth-year teaching affiliateship is dependent on the availability of funds. Teaching Affiliate assignment may be given at the discretion of the curriculum committee. Eligibility for a teaching affiliate assignment includes confirmation of completion of the second of two instances of previous teaching assistant assignment in year three, four or five of the Ph.D. degree program.