Financial Aid

Upon admission, all students receive a five-year fellowship support package which is comprised of a combination of fellowship(s) and teaching assistantships. These support packages provide students with a stipend or salary, as well as tuition and health insurance coverage.

For U.S. citizens who are non-residents of California, it is students’ responsibility to establish California residency by the beginning of their second year, which will exempt them from all future nonresident tuition bills. Please see for information on how to establish residency. For international students, we strive to cover non-resident tuition.

The 5+2 provides a unique opportunity for students’ postdoctoral years. Students who file their dissertations and receive their Ph.D. degrees by the end of their fifth year become eligible for an appointment as Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow (MHFF) (For international students, this is contingent on securing valid immigration status and work authorization before the expected start date.) These appointments are contingent on excellent performance as TAs during students’ second, third, and fourth years, and demonstration of strong scholarly promise. The MHFF positions can be renewed for a second year, again contingent on a record of excellent teaching and scholarship. The appointments will normally be at 2/3 time, and the salaries will be based on that of a beginning Assistant Professor. The MHFF positions include teaching but are designed to provide recent alumni with time for research and professional development as well. Our goal is to give graduates two years to hone their teaching skills, prepare material from their dissertations for publication, engage in professional activities, and apply for jobs for permanent employment elsewhere. Of course, it is up to alumni whether to accept the MHFF appointment; they should regard these positions as opportunities rather than as obligations. If alumni secure a faculty position or another post-graduate opportunity, they are free to decline the MHFF.

More on financial aid:

Visual Studies 5+2 Program
Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships (Funding)
Additional Financial Support

All applicants who are not citizens of countries where English is either the primary or dominant language, as approved by the Graduate Council, and who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship (TA) appointment must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements for International TAs International applicants should refer to the additional information provided by UC Irvine Graduate Division about qualifications, language testing, etc.