Giving to UCLA’s Graduate Education


As the administrative hub for 133 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 to propel students forward in their academic and professional careers. For example, through increased fellowship funding, we can attract and retain the most competitive students; through summer research and professional development workshops, students can develop their research portfolios and networks, and with a diverse network of graduate student resources and postdoctoral services, our students can access important day to day support that ensures their time at UCLA remains healthy and fulfilling.

“Alumni and donor giving offers crucial support to the important work undertaken daily by faculty and graduate students. It allows for cutting-edge and innovative research and teaching on campus and contributes to building a stronger, better future for everyone.

Susan Ettner
Dean, UCLA Graduate Division
Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Management

The UCLA Graduate Community

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.

Graduate students are a key component of the UCLA graduate community and crucial to UCLA’s mission of advancing research and education to benefit a 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.

“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

Opportunities to Support Graduate Education at UCLA

Fellowships and Awards

Fellowships are a vital component of graduate life.  Through increased fellowships and award packages, UCLA can offer competitive packages to the most qualified students — individuals who are enhancing current research and developing new pathways for discovery and teachers and mentors to the undergraduate population across campus.

“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

Giving to graduate fellowships at UCLA secures support for students and their groundbreaking research while ensuring that the caliber of students who teach and inspire future generations can do so at the highest level.

Read more about Why Fellowships Matter here.

Summer Research Programs

Summer research programs are crucial to UCLA graduate researchers. Through these programs, students can boost their research as soon as they are admitted and continue throughout the year – enabling continued faculty support and innovative research. In addition, these programs often allow students’ careers to progress to the next level.

“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 and launching homegrown talent through an academic and professional network that spans universities and institutions across the globe. The exchange of postdoctoral scholarly work within the UC network is unparalleled compared to any other university system.

Supporting postdoctoral fellowships and services strengthens a vast network of scholarly research and teaching that enhances the constant flow of knowledge within and outside campus, enabling the graduate community to collaborate, expand research horizons, and access leadership positions.

Professional Development

A key component of graduate life is their work done outside the classroom and laboratories at professional development workshops and through travel. These opportunities are vital in creating holistic experiences that allow students to discover new opportunities for advancement as scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Support for 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 significantly impact students and the quality of graduate education at UCLA. Consider giving online or explore different ways to give, including securities and wire transfers, matching gifts, and pledges.

Contact Us

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