Funding Opportunities for Incoming Graduate Students

The Department of Comparative Literature  automatically considers all admitted students for multi-year funding packages. A typical funding package includes a combination of fees, stipends, and teaching apprenticeships over the course of 4-5 years. Funding commitments are contingent upon continued eligibility, including sustained degree progress in good academic standing.

All non-California residents are awarded non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST) during their first year of doctoral study. All eligible non-resident students (i.e. Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens) must establish California residency after their first year of graduate study. Information regarding California residency requirements is available on the UCLA Registrar’s Office website. All questions regarding California residency for tuition purposes should be directed to the Residence Deputy.


The University of California’s commitment to academic excellence places a high value on sustaining diversity of experience and perspective, which is critical in promoting lively intellectual exchange and the breadth of new ideas that are essential for creative research and scholarship. The University, including UCLA, strives to cultivate a student body and faculty that includes individuals from all cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship for doctoral students is intended to ensure that  students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to pursue a doctorate degree have access to graduate education. This multi-year award, which is funded by the University of California Office of the President and the department, includes registration fees, stipend and/or salary, and non-resident supplemental tuition for the first year of doctoral study (if applicable). U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540, are eligible to apply. All qualified applications will be considered for these fellowships without regard to gender, color, race, ethnicity or national origin. Students from cultural, racial, linguistic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information regarding the Cota-Robles Fellowship program, including instructions for applying, please visit the Graduate Division website.


Prospective students are highly encouraged to consider applying for special fellowships offered by the UCLA Graduate Division. Each award has its own unique eligibility criteria. Please visit the UCLA Graduate Division fellowship website for more information.