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Dear Colleagues,

We recognize that many questions have arisen from the Graduate Student Funding Reform memo released on October 14, 2019. After conversation with many campus constituents an updated memo was released on November 8, 2019 and distributed to deans, department chairs, assistant deans, department business officers, and graduate coordinators. 

In the coming weeks we will meet with each dean to go over the implications of the overarching vision for graduate funding. When needed we shall also meet with specific departments.

We are committed to working toward the vision outlined in the memo. In instances where departmental resources currently fall short, we will work with Deans and their departments to find a solution.

Elizabeth H. SimmonsIn the Fall of 2019, we created this collaborative resource to share information about the campus’s strategic efforts to reform the graduate student funding model. We are now augmenting this to encompass all major  communications about this topic, organized chronologically in the table below. The FAQ resource can also still be found here.

We encourage you to visit this website regularly for information about graduate student funding reforms. As always, feel free to let us know your questions so that we might continue to update this website and the resources it contains.


Elizabeth H. Simmons,

Executive Vice Chancellor

James Antony

Dean , of The Graduate Division

Steve Ross

Associate Vice Chancellor , Resource Administrationfor Resource Administration

Chronological Table of Documents and Communications



Link to Resource

August 6, 2019

Recommendations from the Senate-Administration Workgroup on Graduate Funding 

October 14, 2019

Graduate Student Funding Update (Memo from EVC and Graduate Dean to Campus) 

November 8, 2019

Graduate Student Funding Reforms: An Update (Memo from EVC and Graduate Dean to Campus) 

November 22, 2019

Review of the Senate Administration Workgroup on Graduate Funding Report (Memo from Maripat Corr, Chair of Academic Senate, to EVC)

Graduate Funding Workgroup Report Response 11-22-19.pdf

January 15, 2020

Letter, and one-page executive summary, from Graduate Dean to EVC re: The Graduate Division’s Proposed Next Steps in light of Senate Recommendations, and one-page executive summary of this letter

Link to letter: EVC ltr re Senate Grad Funding 01.15.20.pdf

Link to one-Page Executive Summary: Graduate Student Funding Reform--Summary for Deans & Chairs.pdf

February 23, 2020

Summary Grid: Increasing Graduate Support at UC San Diego (created by the EVC’s office)

Link to Grid: Grad Support Summary 2020-02-21 (1).pdf

February 24, 2020

Supporting UC San Diego Graduate Students (Memo from EVC and Graduate Dean to Campus) 

February 28, 2020

Notice to Students: Summer Employment Opportunities for Graduate Students 

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