Giving to UCLA’s Graduate Education

As the administrative hub for over 120 graduate programs across the UCLA campus, Graduate Division serves as the nexus from which over 14,000 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars advance their education and research. Central to our mission is providing opportunities across campus that will help propel our students forward in their academic and professional careers. Through increased fellowship funding , we are able to attract and retain the highest caliber of students; through summer research and professional development workshops, students are able to develop their research portfolios and networks, and with a diverse network of graduate student resources and postdoctoral services, our students are able to access crucial day to day support that ensure their time at UCLA remains healthy and fulfilling.

“The support we receive from our alumni and donors makes a huge impact on our graduate students’ life and journey at UCLA. Our scholars are the life blood of the advanced research and teaching happening on campus every day, and the vital bridge between undergraduate education and faculty research.”

Former Dean Robin Garrell
Dean, UCLA Graduate Division
Professor Emerita of Chemistry and Bioengineering

Diverse students in medical lab coats in front of blue molecule structures

Our Students and Supporters

Graduate students are crucial in the mission of UCLA to advance research and education for the benefit of our global society. They are researchers, innovators, teachers, and community organizers. And, at their core, they are leaders who aim to give back and improve society at large.

The UCLA graduate community is one of a kind. Our renowned faculty, alumni, and diverse community of students come from over 100 countries and 27 ethnic backgrounds, all working together to create excellent research that crosses all boundaries. See more Grad Education Facts and Figures here.

“The UCLA community and its resources helped to make me a better scholar and person. The ability to access all major disciplines from STEM to business to medicine on a single campus in a major city are very unique attributes. This fosters cross disciplinary collaboration and created a great sense of satisfaction while I was a student and now as an alumnus.”

Jaime Torres, PhD, Chemistry 2010

By supporting our students and scholars, you are enriching a core community within the UCLA ecosystem. While faculty create the framework, our graduate students are the life of our institution, helping to educate the next generation of scholars, and pushing forward new ideas and discoveries that will one day change the world.

Opportunities to Support Graduate Education at UCLA

Fellowships and Awards

Fellowships are a key component of graduate life, and are oftentimes crucial for many of our students to pursue their education and research at UCLA. Through increased fellowships and award packages, we are able to attract and retain the best and brightest graduate students in their fields — individuals who are not only enhancing current research and developing new pathways for discovery, but who are also teachers and mentors all across campus to an undergraduate population that in turn goes on to do great things.

“The funding I was provided allowed me to focus on my research and expand my knowledge. It helped me develop a deep expertise and set me up for future success. It also instilled in me a deep respect and interest in public service and public research institutions, and motivated me to give back to UCLA and my program annually to support the next generation of scholars.”

Sarah Kapnick, MA 2007 and PhD 2011, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

By giving to graduate fellowships at UCLA, you are not only supporting our students and their groundbreaking research, but also ensuring that the caliber of students who teach and inspire the future generations are able to do so at the highest level possible.

Read more about Why Fellowships Matter here.

Summer Research Programs

Summer research programs are a crucial component in the graduate researcher’s life span at UCLA. It is through these programs that students are able to jumpstart their research as an incoming student, and continue their research throughout the year – allowing them to support faculty and develop new groundbreaking work. These programs are often the missing puzzle piece in students’ transition to the next levels in their career.

“The Competitive Edge Summer Bridge Program was an amazing opportunity and gateway to the UCLA graduate community. The program was crucial in shaping my research and ultimately led to what my doctoral thesis is today.”

Francisco Ramos, Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology, 2019

By supporting summer programs such as the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM) and Competitive Edge, you are helping to provide students with the opportunity to develop their passions and find new way pathways into their research and the scholarly community.

Postdoctoral Fellowships and Services

UCLA is unique in its position of attracting the best scientists and scholars in their fields but also in launching our own homegrown talent through an academic and professional network that spans universities and institutions across the globe. Within the UC network alone, the exchange of postdoctoral scholarly work is unparalleled compared to any other university system.

By supporting postdoctoral fellowships and services, you are strengthening a vast network of scholarly research and teaching that truly enhances the constant flow of knowledge within and outside of campus, enabling our graduate community to collaborate with world leaders and make discoveries that change the world.

Professional Development

A key component of graduate life is the work they do outside the classroom and laboratories through professional development workshops and travel. These opportunities are vital in creating a holistic experience for our students that allows them to discover new opportunities for advancement not only as scientists and researchers, but also as entrepreneurs and world leaders.

Your gift to graduate professional development can provide:

  • Opportunities for students to attend and present at conferences and workshops worldwide
  • Support for campus-wide events such as Grad Slam
  • Networking opportunities for students to collaborate across disciplines

Ways to Give

Your contribution to Graduate Division will make a significant impact on our students, and the quality of graduate education at UCLA. Consider giving online or explore different ways to give, including securities and wire transfer, matching gifts, and pledges.

Contact Us

For more information on how you can support graduate education at UCLA, contact Pia Arvisu, Associate Director of Development for Graduate Division.