Funding: Faculty & Staff
The campus has made several important changes that better align some elements of graduate support with our strategic goals, and at the same time streamline processes. These changes are effective beginning this academic year, AY 2018-19.
NRST Remission Program
The non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST) remission initiative program provides NRST fellowship support to international Ph.D. students in their second, third or fourth years prior to advancement to candidacy, and to international M.F.A. students in their second or third years. International Ph.D. and M.F.A. students entering in Fall 2019 will become eligible for support from the program in Fall 2020, but the program will undergo minor revisions that are important to note as you engage in recruitment activities for next fall. Eligible students must hold a remission-eligible appointment in an ASE (Teaching Assistant/Associate, Reader or Tutor) or GSR title in order to qualify for support from the program. ASE and GSR appointments that are a minimum of 25% time (110 hours of assigned workload) for the quarter are nonresident tuition remission-eligible. Rather than being covered by the employment source, NRST costs will be covered by the campus, except in the circumstances outlined below.
Exceptions: international students sometimes come to UCI with full funding from their home countries; in other cases, students may be awarded extramural fellowships that cover NRST. For these students, no coverage of NRST by the program will be provided.
International students newly enrolled between Fall 2015 and Fall 2018 will continue to receive NRST support in years 2-4 (Ph.D. students prior to advancement to candidacy) and years 2-3 (MFA students), independent of employment status.
Students must also meet all other academic requirements for fellowship support (i.e. grades, GPA, etc.) in order to receive NRST support from this program.
Fellowship Block Allocation Model
Working with the Budget and Provost’s offices, we have developed and implemented a new allocation model that continues to incentivize Ph.D. degree completion and growth. The new model increases transparency by allowing each academic unit to estimate its future funding, and a given unit’s allocation is not influenced by the performance of other units. For more information about the new model, please visit the PDF document that includes more detail.
Graduate Student Support Flexible Fund
At the request of Provost Lavernia, we have combined several smaller funding sources into a Flexible Fund. The funds will be restricted to graduate student support, but otherwise can be used to meet units’ highest priority needs, including but not limited to: GSR remission support, recruitment costs, travel reimbursement, additional TA or remission funding, and professional development.
School Flex Fund accounts will have the total balance/allocation and carry forward deposited soon after the final allocation letter has been distributed (after the third week of classes when actual enrollments have been determined).