The Create Fund

Support student undergraduate original research, creative works, and entrepreneurship-focused projects.


CCS launched The Create Fund during its 50th anniversary to build on the momentum and success of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), and expanding it to:

  • Make available summer fellowships to students in all 8 majors (traditionally available only to STEM majors);
  • Expand fellowship opportunities to include creative works and entrepreneurship-focused endeavors in addition to research; and
  • Build on the College’s success in which CCS scholars and creators are guided by exceptional UCSB faculty.


Venilde Jeronimo
Director of Development
College of Creative Studies
UC Santa Barbara


Because radical curiosity and passion matter. The combined practice of education and experience results in alumni who go on to shape society and the future. Join us in supporting radical curiosity and passion.

**The Create Fund replaces the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. 

CCS was the most important decision in my career... providing the freedom and ability to string different ideas and disciplines together

Dr. Angela Belcher, CCS Biology ’91/PhD ’97; James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

Other Giving Priorities

Dean's Fund for Excellence

The Dean's Fund for Excellence is the CCS Annual Fund, and provides unrestricted support for the College to respond to on-going and unique opportunities, such as inviting distinguished visiting lecturers, increasing summer research opportunities for students, faculty and classroom support, materials and facility improvements, and providing College-wide enrichment programs for students across all CCS majors. 

Book Arts Fund

Book Arts at CCS is the only degree program of its kind in the University of California system and one of the few places in the world where undergraduates are able to pursue a Book Arts degree at a research university. Prof. Harry Reese, a UCSB alumnus, founded the Book Arts program in 1978 and became a pioneer in the field. This Fund provides the CCS Book Arts major with support for students to participate in enhanced learning programs, to bring distinguished visitors to campus, and to explore unique opportunities as they arise.

Every Gift Counts!

We achieved our goal of 50 New Gifts during our 50th Anniversary 3 months early (in May)! We are so grateful. Thank you.


Your generosity is an investment in the future of CCS. As we celebrate the College's 50th anniversary, philanthropic support from alumni, parents, and friends plays a critical role in the future of CCS and provides the means for life-changing experiences for our students.

As of July 1, 2012, it is the policy of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the UC Santa Barbara Foundation that 6% of gifts and/or the income from gifts may be used to defray the costs of raising and administering funds.