Psychology Graduate Program Application Fee Waiver

The UC Davis Psychology Graduate Program committed to diversity and inclusion in our student body and recognizes the financial burden that the graduate application fee may represent for students and its consequences to inclusion within our graduate program.

Psychology Equity Program

To help ensure accessibility to the college's graduate programs, the Psychology Equity Program will award a limited number of application fee fellowships to applicants with the potential for leadership towards achieving the goals of improving diversity in psychology.  

Examples of this potential include, but are not limited to:

  • overcoming disadvantages (economic, social or educational)
  • a record of service to advance underserved populations (including tutoring or mentoring)
  • or a research topic that will ultimately assist historically underserved populations

Successful applicants will provide clear examples of how their previous experiences and future graduate studies have contributed to and promoted diversity in the psychological sciences.


Application fee fellowships provided through this program are available for Domestic Ph.D. applicants only.  Waivers for international applicants are not available.

Domestic Ph.D. applicants selected for participation in the Psychology Equity Program are eligible for a single application fee fellowship (valued at $135) for Fall 2023 admission. Fee fellowship applications must be submitted by November 18th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.


The application for the Psychology Equity Program entails the submission of a statement of purpose and a personal history. 

Statement of Purpose (250 words or fewer)

Please explain why you are applying for Ph.D. study at UC Davis. Highlight how you came to determine your career goals. Describe why you feel earning a Ph.D. is essential to pursuing your goal. If applicable, how will your research topic ultimately assist historically underserved populations.

Personal History (250 words or fewer)

Please describe how your personal background has informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree and informed your understanding of diversity in the psychology (broadly defined). Your background may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education.


For any questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Academic Programs, BrianTrainor, at