Resources for Grad Students

Economics Department Resources

Graduate Student Funding Proposals

The Department of Economics is accepting research, data purchase, experiment, and travel funding proposals from Ph.D. students in Economics for; Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 quarters, AND Summer 2019, for Academic Year 2018-2019.

Travel and experiments for submitted proposals must be (are required) to ​take place between the below listed dates (NO EXCEPTIONS);

  • Fall 2018: September 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018
  • Winter 2019: January 1, 2019 through March 30, 2019
  • Spring 2019:  April 1, 2019 through July 31st, 2019
  • Summer 2019: July 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019

**It is important to note, that you might need to spend the money and pay your credit card bill, before you receive the funding and/or before the funding request is approved (or in some cases denied).

Students cannot apply for funds for travel, data purchases or experiments that will take place in the ​Fall 2019 academic quarter or any future quarter. Funding proposals will be accepted at a future deadline.

In addition, due to the California state law AB 1887 "Travel Prohibition to Certain States Using State Funding Source​", we cannot fund travel to and from the following states currently subject to California’s ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel:

  1. Alabama
  2. Kansas
  3. Kentucky
  4. Mississippi
  5. North Carolina
  6. Oklahoma
  7. South Dakota
  8. Tennessee
  9. Texas

All Economics Ph.D. students in residence at UCSB, in good academic standing, and who are meeting time to degree requirements, are eligible to apply. Travel, data purchases, and experiments for submitted proposals must take place during September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019 (the period of the funding it was applied for). No exceptions!

Proposals will be evaluated and approved or denied, by the Faculty Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Richard Startz.

In addition, those students applying for money for an experiment are required to have the written approval (sent as part of the funding proposal documentation) of the faculty member who runs the experimental reading group, Dr. Ryan Oprea, as well as a written letter of recommendation from their dissertation chair/advisor.

The new revised "Policy on Department Support for Graduate Student Travel" can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Please also make sure to follow all the requirements for travel funding requests. Remember that receipts are now required (mandatory) to be turned in for travel funding requests.

Please also note that the new requirements for funding and in connection with deadlines to process paperwork for funding requests, funds may not be available to you until after you need to make a payment to a credit card you charged.

Contact Mark Patterson (Graduate Advisor) at with any questions you may have.

Please note the following final deadlines to apply for funding:

  • Fall 2018: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 5:00pm
  • Winter 2019: Friday, January 25, 2019 at 5:00pm
  • Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 Friday, April ​12, 2019 at 5:00pm

Start the funding request by clicking on this link.

Copy Editing Resources

Ryan Kelley

  • Ryan Kelley is available to hire for basic copy editing, proofreading, or fact checking (starting at $35.00 per hour); heavy editing (starting at $45.00 per hour); and indexing ($5.50 per indexable page).
  • Qualifying experience: Copyediting certificate, UC San Diego / 6+ years of professional editing experience working with academic and trade manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, and grant proposals
  • University affiliation: Financial and Budget Coordinator, South Hall Administrative Support Center, UC Santa Barbara
  • Type of editor (e.g., general, humanities-only, scientific communication): General/humanities-oriented
  • Specialties, if any (e.g., ELL work with a particular language, dissertations): Dissertations, Greek, Hebrew, Latin sources

Ruth Fox
(443) 653-2137

  • 25 years of experience, including ESL clients, references available.

Ann Stewart

  • Copy edits and proofreads dissertations, papers for submission to journals/revisions/ responses to reviewers, PPT presentations, job applications/cover letters/resumes/CVs, etc., for ESL students and professionals; references upon request.
  • Lately, has been working on medical device design and engineering (specifically, Parkinson's disease), improving warehouse/distribution center operations, machine learning/AI (confidential topics), and rural water utility economics and policies in Germany.

University Campus Resources

New Presentation Practice Room in the Library

The UCSB Library has available by reservation for UCSB students, faculty and staff, a new Presentation Practice Room. Located on the 1st Floor Mountain Side (room 1506), the space allows you to practice, refine, and record oral and multimedia presentations for classes and seminars, conferences, teaching preparation, the Grad and Undergrad Slam, thesis defenses, and other events.

You can reserve the Practice Presentation Room online 2 weeks in advance and for 2-hour periods per day through our reservation system.

The room includes:

A podium
A large wall display monitor that connects to your personal laptop or to a Library laptop
A ceiling-mounted camera
A whiteboard and markers
A table and 6 chairs

Instructions for using the technology, including how to record presentations, are posted in the room. Clickers with laser pointers are available for check-out from the Library Services Desk.