Graduate students in select departments at UCSD may be eligible to apply for fellowships provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT program or by the UCSD Office of Graduate Studies through its San Diego Fellowship diversity awards. Successful applicants will become IGERT Training, Research and Education in Engineering for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics (IGERT-TEECH) Trainees.
Only UCSD graduate students in select Ph.D. programs – all engineering departments, chemistry, physics, history, anthropology or visual arts (art history) – are eligible to apply for funding as an IGERT-TEECH Trainee. The program does not offer a separate Ph.D.
- NSF Funding: NSF IGERT Trainees are paid the NSF-required stipend rate of $30,000 per year. The typical IGERT award is for 1 or 2 years. In addition, NSF provides up to $10,500 for costs of education (tuition and fees). Additional fees are to be paid by the student’s department. The NSF IGERT program discourages supporting students in fractions of a year, so award run for full-year increments. Under NSF rules, IGERT Trainees are not allowed to hold other fellowships, RA-ships or TA-ships while supported by IGERT.
- Diversity Awards: To increase campus diversity and enhance the quality of the educational experience, UCSD Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) offers San Diego Fellowships. For the IGERT-TEECH program, OGS has designated a two-year Fellowship each year to fund a successful applicants first and second years of graduate school. San Diego Fellowships are reserved for diversity candidates (broadly defined). |
- Out-year and Levels of Support: It is the responsibility of the IGERT-TEECH Trainee and his/her mentor to identify funding for the Trainee when not supported by NSF funds. It should be noted that stipends for other forms of funding are typically below the IGERT stipend rate, so the Trainee should plan accordingly. Trainees are advised to consult early with the graduate program director in their academic department to discuss departmental sources of support and other alternative funding opportunities.
UCSD graduate students with separate funding are eligible to become an IGERT-TEECH Associate. They participate in all training, research and educational programs along with the funded Trainees.