Funding a Degree

Funding at UC Davis BAE

Funding Your Degree

There are a number of resources available for graduate students seeking funding for their degrees through the Graduate Studies Website.

Funding Overview in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Though there is no guarantee of funding for our students, the majority of our students receive full or partial funding through fellowships or academic appointments.

Historically, over 90% of our doctorate students have received full funding for their degree, which includes in-state tuition, out-of-state fees, health insurance, and a living stipend.

Historically, over 60% of our master's students have received full funding for their degree, with an additional 20% receiving partial funding. 

Academic Employment

Also known as Student Employment, many graduate students work as Teaching Assistants (TAs), Readers, or Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) while pursuing their degree. These positions have competitive qualifications but are a great option for many Biological Systems Engineering students.

Calls for TA/Reader positions will be sent quarterly for EBS and ABT courses. Students should check Handshake for positions in other departments. Graduate students are encouraged to search for positions early and often. 

ASE and GSR students that work 10 hours a week or more receive full or partial tuition remission.


There are hundreds of fellowships available to UC Davis graduate students. Fellowships are available from campus (Office of Graduate Studies), individual colleges (College of Engineering), or the graduate program (Biological Systems Engineering). Most fellowships are merit-based and require students to apply. Others are need-based and require students to complete a FAFSA. 

For incoming students, the fellowship application is a part of the general graduate program application.

For continuing students, fellowship calls will be sent via email.

Loans and Financial Aid

We aim to support our students so they can graduate with little to no debt. Loans and other forms of financial aid are available through the Financial Aid Office.

Multiple Forms of Support

Often times, graduate students will seek both Academic Employment and Fellowships (and potential loans as well). This ensures that all costs, not just tuition, are paid for including books, housing, food, etc.

Campus Wide Funding Statistics

Funding a Graduate Degree with UC Davis Biological and Agricultural Engineering