CSD offers several forms of financial support to qualified graduate students.

  • Peltason Fellowship. To honor Jack and Suzanne Peltason's contribution to higher education and the study of American society, the Center for the Study of Democracy administers the Jack and Suzanne Peltason Fellowship on Democracy to support entering students with research interests in line with CSD’s research focus.
  • William F. Podlich Fellowship offers support to incoming graduate students to conducted research under the auspices of CSD, encompassing students in the Departments of Political Science, Sociology and Economics. The Podlich Democracy Fellowship is given to students interested in the processes aimed at reforming, improving and expanding the democratic process in the U.S., but also worldwide. While priority will be given to students whose fields of study include political institutions, public opinion, public policy, or national, state and local government, other areas central to democracy studies such as social movements or transitions to democracy will also be considered. The Fellowship can provide support for Ph.D. students who are interested in academic careers or those interested in applying their knowledge in the public or private sectors.
  • Research assistantships through faculty-specific research grants awarded at the discretion of each grant's principal investigator.

Funds are available for a fellowship stipend and in-state fees. Student who are not U.S. residents are encouraged to seek additional, independent support to cover foreign-student tuition.

Further information about applying to graduate school at UC Irvine, costs estimates, and other material for prospective students is available from UC Irvine Office of Graduate Studies. In addition, further information about graduate programs in the social sciences is available from the Social Sciences Graduate Office.

If you have further questions, please contact the CSD Director.


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