Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship

Fellowship details

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Citizenship Requirements
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In 1988 the University received a bequest from the late Mr. Karam Singh Maughan to establish an endowment to support graduate fellowships (named for Guru Gobind Singh, the Sikh religious leader) to be awarded to graduates of universities in a specific area of India and Pakistan for the purpose of pursuing graduate study at the University of California.

UCI may put forward one campus nomination for consideration.

Award Information

For 2024-25, the amount of the Singh Fellowship award will be $30,000.

Important Dates

Students are to submit their applications by April 30 by 5:00pm PST.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, a student must:

  1. be a graduate of an Indian or Pakistani university in the designated area1, (see map in the “forms” section below)
  2. be committed to returning to their country of origin after receiving the degree, and (3) not have engaged previously in graduate study at any other institution of higher learning in the United States. Individuals already holding the master’s degree will have preference.


Students at any stage of graduate study may be nominated. Preference to students who have reached the dissertation stage, and especially to those who have exhausted the normal sources of financial support.

Application Process


The award will be made based on the strength of the student’s academic record and supporting documents should be provided a combined pdf; these should include:

  • up to three letters of reference (one from the student’s faculty sponsor),
  • university transcripts, and
  • any other documents that may serve to support the candidacy.
  • Indicate your current status, if you have advanced to candidacy or not, and planned completion date, etc.
  • Include a statement of how the student proposes to use their graduate education in their home country.

Applicants may apply directly to the UCI Graduate Division.  School nominations are not required for this fellowship.




1 Attached map has general boundaries. Specific coordinates begin at 25 degrees N, 77 degrees E, then northeasterly to 36 degrees N, 80 E, then northwesterly to 37 degrees N, 72 degrees E, then southwesterly to 27 degrees N, 68 degrees E, then southeasterly to the point of beginning.


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