The Graduate Studies Emergency Grant Program provides support for graduate students experiencing unexpected challenges that impede their progress toward their degrees. Examples include:
- Medical, dental, or other health emergencies
- Accidents and unexpected events such as natural disasters
- Expenses associated with family emergencies such as death in the immediate family
Grants are for the direct use of enrolled students in academic graduate programs, including international and undocumented students, and their dependents. Students in MBA, MD, JD, and DVM programs are not eligible for this grant, and they are encouraged to talk with their programs to explore support resources.
This grant is designed to address gaps in emergency funding, and prior to applying, graduate students should first seek out funding from the other campus units below, depending on the situation:
- Student Health and Counseling Services offers a Health Equity Fund to help address out of pocket health expenses up to $2,500: https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/uc-davis-health-equity-fund
- Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center offers a range of resources, including Basic Needs Emergency Grants up to $3,000: https://aggiecompass.ucdavis.edu/
- The Housing Security page offers housing resources, including rental assistance and rapid rehousing options: https://aggiecompass.ucdavis.edu/housing-security
- The Global Community Emergency Fund provides direct support to members of the UC Davis community including visiting scholars, students, faculty and their families who have an urgent and immediate financial need related to natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and other circumstances beyond their control.
- The Financial Aid Office offers zero-interest short-term loans: https://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/loans/short-term
- In addition, in order to maximize your resources, the Graduate Student Association and the MU host free student food pantries, and the Women's Resources and Research Center hosts a Student Parent Closet that offers free diapers and other parenting supplies
In addition, we highly recommend that when facing sudden large expenses, students ask for installment or payment plans from providers.
Students must be an enrolled academic graduate student in six or more units for the current quarter. They must be in good academic standing. (Students on academic probation will be considered with program support documentation). Students are expected to be seeking support from other relevant offices or academic units, and they are encouraged to talk with their Graduate Program Coordinators and Faculty Advisors for help in identifying sources of financial assistance. Grants should not be used to address payroll or fellowship delays.
Awards may be up to $1,500 per student. Graduate students are eligible to receive the award once during enrollment at UC Davis. If a graduate student has a second emergency need for funds, they should contact the Executive Director for Student and Postdoctoral Support in Grad Studies, Nicole Rabaud, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application includes a brief statement explaining the emergency situation and a budget for the amount requested. Once students have submitted the form, the Executive Director for Student and Postdoctoral Support will contact them to assist with the process and referrals to resources.