Graduate Scholar Success Fund

Fellowship details

Application Status
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$1,500 stipend
Period of Funding
Winter or Spring quarter
Citizenship Requirements
No requirement


The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the inaugural competition for the Graduate Scholar Success Fund for the 2023-2024 academic year.  This scholarship is meant to provide support to graduate students who are first generation and demonstrate a clear financial need.

Get to Know Haleigh Marcello – The First Graduate Scholar Success Fund Fellow

Award Information

This award consists of a $1,500 stipend which may be received during Winter 2024 or Spring 2024.

Important Dates

Call for Nominations:  September 5, 2023
Submission Deadline:  October 20, 2023

Please note that Schools and Departments typically have earlier internal deadlines for fellowship submissions. Please contact your School or Department for details.

Eligibility Criteria

All Schools are invited to nominate one outstanding graduate student who meets the following minimum criteria:

  1. Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7 (at least 3 quarters of graduate coursework at UCI)
  2. Demonstrate financial need
  3. Exhibit excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  4. Be a first-generation college student, with neither parent having received a four-year degree

Nomination Process

Each School’s package should be submitted by the School’s Associate Dean and must include:

Nominations will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Evidence of strong communication skills
  • Demonstration of leadership ability
  • Academic achievements and promise


  • If students have applied for and accepted Financial Aid loans or Work-Study awards and subsequently receive any fellowships, the additional support may affect their eligibility for need-based financial aid. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to determine if their eligibility will be affected. Students should also review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for AY 2023-2024 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.


Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at

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