Current Fellowships

A variety of support options are provided for Graduate Students in both PhD and Master’s programs at UCI. Information on this page includes available fellowships, assistantships, grants and other support options to help fund your graduate education.

How to Fund Your Graduate Education

Most Ph.D. students at UCI are supported by a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and faculty training grants. Because student funding is coordinated at the departmental level, be sure to ask your department about your options.

Master’s students are typically self-supported but may be eligible for these resources. Check with the individual department/program for Master’s degree funding opportunities.

The Graduate Division also offers an array of financial support resources, such as fellowship competitions open to incoming and current UCI students, and funding workshops and writing tutors available through the Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Resource Center.

Eligibility criteria for recipients of fellowships:
  1. Be enrolled full-time (minimum 12 quarter units).
  2. Earn a letter grade of B, S or above in all courses completed during each of the three
    most recent quarters of enrollment.
  3. Earn no more than two Incomplete (I) grades during each of the three most recent
    quarters of enrollment.
  4. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during each of the three most recent quarters of
    enrollment.
  5. Make satisfactory academic progress toward the degree objective.

Students funded from full external fellowships are not permitted to hold employment during the tenure of their award or receive another full fellowship. Full fellowships are typically defined as providing a stipend commensurate with a teaching or research assistantship; that is, sufficient to cover general support (living, transportation, personal, and research expenses) necessary to support the pursuit of educational goals within the award period.

Fellowships

Funding opportunities for current graduate students

ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation, Inc. is a unique, nonprofit, national volunteer organization of women dedicated to providing scholarships to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete their degrees in science, medicine and engineering, thereby contributing to the worldwide advancement of science and technology.

Award Information

$5,000 stipend per year for two years (second year contingent upon continued satisfactory academic progress).

Dates

Call for nominations: April 26, 2023
School Nomination Deadline: June 16, 2023

Status:  The 2023-24 competition has concluded.

Eligibility Criteria

Each school holds its own competition and makes the final selection of its scholars who meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Must have achieved a graduate level UC GPA of 3.5 or better through the winter 2023 quarter.
  • Must have have completed at least two years of graduate study, with at least two years remaining before degree completion.
  • Must be making satisfactory progress toward their degree goal.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have identified their individual area of research interest and be willing to prepare a poster board of their research for display at the awards dinner.
  • Must have exhibited excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities during their academic program.
  • Please note: students must have advanced to candidacy at the time of nomination

Nomination Process

Students should check with their schools for internal deadlines and procedures before submitting any materials.  Schools submit their selected scholar packets to Graduate Division by the deadline below, to include the following:

  • A completed ARCS Foundation Scholar Award Nomination form
  • A completed Student Biographical Profile with a 100-word student bio
  • A current CV
  • A statement by the awardee of no more than 2-3 pages in length, describing their research project, progress to date, and plan for completion
  • A confidential evaluation of the student by their faculty advisor (multiple letters are acceptable)
  • Letters from the program advisor, department chair, and associate dean

The selection process will include a personal interview; each student must be able and willing to speak articulately about their career goals and research.

Click here for current honorees.

Contact

Questions may be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The Brython Davis Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, are U.S. citizens, and are the child of a service member or veteran of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.

Award Information

This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $9,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award.  Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Dates

Call for ApplicationsOctober 9, 2023
Submission Deadline:
November 17, 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be U.S. citizens pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be the child of a regular member of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps

Application Process

Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and combine all materials in a single pdf in the order listed below:

  1. Brython Davis Fellowship Application Form (complete with all signatures)
  2. Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
  5. Proof of eligibility – copy of parent’s current military I.D. or honorable discharge papers, and a copy of the student’s birth certificate. Retired or honorably discharged members qualify.  Members of the Reserve or dishonorably discharged members do not.

To apply, submit these materials using the Brython Davis Fellowship – Submission Form by November 17, 2023.  Be advised, late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the AY 2023-2024 competition for the Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowships. All Schools are invited to submit one nomination each.

Chancellor’s Club Fellowships are intended to recognize our most academically superior doctoral and MFA students — those who exhibit outstanding promise as scholars, researchers, and public leaders. Please note, nominated students must be first-generation college students, with neither parent having received a four-year degree.

Award Information

Each Chancellor’s Club Fellowship recipient will be awarded a six-month stipend to total $18,000 for the period of January 2024 through June 2024. These fellowships do not include tuition and fees. Awardees’ Schools will be expected to cover the cost of the tuition and fees for Winter 2024 and Spring 2024.

Dates

Call for Nominations: September 5, 2023
Nomination 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 doctoral student who meets the following minimum criteria:

  1. Plan to complete their Ph.D. or MFA degree by the end of Fall quarter 2024
  2. Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  3. If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. by October 20, 2023
  4. Demonstrate financial need
  5. Be willing to present their dissertation research at a Chancellor’s Club dinner or other function
  6. Exhibit excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  7. 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:

  • A completed Chancellor’s Club Fellowship Nomination Form
  • A completed Chancellor’s Club Student Information Form, including the financial need, student profile, and student research sections
  • The student’s current curriculum vitae
  • A confidential letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor/mentor including the student’s planned term of graduation and expressing the advisor’s level of confidence in the student’s ability to complete as planned

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
  • Likelihood of degree completion by the end of Fall quarter 2024

Stipulations

  • Students receiving this award are required to file all final degree paperwork by the end of Fall quarter 2024. Award funds will be returned by the school to Graduate Division if the student does not meet this requirement.
  • The faculty advisor’s letter of recommendation should include the student’s expected graduation date and express the advisor’s level of confidence in the student’s ability to complete as planned.
  • 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.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl, at tdahl@uci.edu

The Community Impact Fellowship highlights and supports doctoral and MFA students whose current research shows substantial impact in the immediate vicinity of Orange County. Ideal candidates will be involved in research designed to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Orange County residents or improve the impact of Orange County organizations. 

This fellowship is made possible by the Dean’s Leadership Council, an advisory board to Gillian Hayes, Dean of the Graduate Division and Vice Provost for Graduate Education at UCI. The council was founded nearly a decade ago and each member serves as a significant leader in either academia, industry, or both. They aid the Dean and Graduate Division in moving graduate education forward, implementing programs, and strategies to make sure UCI graduate students are set up to thrive.

Award Information

The award consists of $500 stipend that may be used for personal, professional development or research purposes.

Dates

Call for Nominations: February 2, 2024
Application Deadline:  Friday, March 1, 2024 by 5:00pm

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7 (at least 3 quarters of graduate coursework completed at UCI)
  2. Be a current, full-time doctoral or MFA student
  3. If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. by March 1, 2024
  4. Conduct research that has critical community impact. (Examples of relevant research include studies that aim to improve economic opportunity and well-being, health care, social justice, political participation, cultural engagement, and scientific or technical solutions to pressing social issues.)
  5. Be willing to have research spotlighted/featured on both the Graduate Division’s and UCI’s website, brochures, and social networks, and be able and available to effectively communicate and discuss their research in lay terms with prospective donors, legislators and/or their staff, and the media during the school year.
  6. If selected as a recipient, students must be available to give a brief presentation in-person to the Dean’s Leadership Council regarding their research in April 2024 (exact date TBD).

Application Process

Submit an application using the DLC Community Impact Application Form.  Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Applicant Biographic Statement (300 word maximum)
    • Include, where applicable, undergraduate university and previous degrees, research interests, current projects, honors, work experience, outside interests, and any special characteristics or activities.
  • Applicant Research Statement (500 word maximum)
    • Provide a research statement that is written for a committee of non-specialist in the field.  The statement should highlight the potential community impact of your research and include your progress to date and plans for the future.
  • Community Impact Statement (300 word maximum)
    • Provide a brief statement outlining any community impact experiences you’ve had to date.  This may include volunteer work, sharing your research with the public, etc.
  • A Current Curriculum Vitae

Stipulations

  • Students should 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 before applying.
  • For students already receiving financial aid, acceptance of a DLC Community Impact Fellowship may affect their overall financial need-based support package. In such cases, students are strongly encouraged to consult with the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

The will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen field of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.  UCI may nominate three candidates for consideration. 

Award Information

The amount of each fellowship will cover the cost of tuition (no fees) and a stipend of $18,000. 

Dates

Call for Applications: November 28, 2023Application Deadline:  December 21, 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
  • Candidate must be enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Applicants must have an outstanding undergraduate and graduate record.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens.

Application Process

  • 2024-25 Application Checklist
    • A completed and signed 2024-25 Application
    • One copy of your personal vitae or resume.
    • Certified copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to date
    • Copy of graduate exam test scores (if applicable).
    • A Statement of Purpose up to three pages long (double spaced) which considers the relationship between your graduate level study and your intended personal and/or professional goals. Your Statement of Purpose must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in the three pages) that explains, in LAYMAN’S terms, the essence of your proposed topic of study or dissertation, the methodology of its treatment and its anticipated impact on your field of study.
    • Letter of Recommendation from Dean of Graduate School or Department Chair. (OPTIONAL)
    • Letters of Recommendation from at least two professors who have taught or worked closely with you. (REQUIRED)
    • Copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (FASFA)
    • Financial Aid information from the University or other applicable source.
    • Copies of Federal Income Tax Returns for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable). Only submit Tax Return Form – DO NOT send schedules, etc.

Submit complete materials to Turner Dahl (tdahl@uci.edu) by December 21, 2023.

Note: Candidates whose applications are selected for submission to the trustees for consideration will be required to submit one copy of their Federal Income Tax Return for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).  This is not required for internal review.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a registered members association made up of German institutions of higher education and student bodies.  DAAD provides young people with the opportunity to gain international academic and research experience in Germany.  Since it was founded in 1925, DAAD has provided funding to more than 1.9 million scholars in Germany and abroad.

DAAD has invited UC Irvine to nominate one priority candidate for the Study Scholarship and/or Research Grant-One Year Grant programs.  Candidates who aren’t selected as UC Irvine’s priority applicant are still able to apply; however, they will run in the open competition with candidates with all over North America.  DAAD also offers many additional opportunities for students to study or do research in Germany which students are free to apply for directly. For information on our DAAD funding please visit the Scholarship Database.

  • Study Scholarships are available to highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines for a full master’s degree program at a German university, or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or master’s degree program completed in the home country.
  • Research Grants-One Year Grants are available to highly qualified candidates who have completed a master’s degree or in exceptional cases a bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research in Germany.

Dates

Call for nominationsSeptember 5, 2023
UCI Submission Deadline
(for priority candidate consideration):  October 20, 2023
DAAD External Deadlines: 
November 3, 2023

*Please note: applicants for the Short-Term Research Grant and applicants in the artistic fields do not apply via the internal process and should follow application instructions on the DAAD website. 

Evaluation Criteria

German language ability is not a requirement for this grant. Students should demonstrate language skills commensurate with their study and research needs. German universities are increasingly offering courses of study that are conducted in foreign languages and because DAAD wants to support such developments, applications may also be submitted for these programs.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • General and subject-related preparedness, and suitability of the applicant
  • Subject-related quality, preparation, and feasibility of the proposal
  • Reasons for wanting to study/conduct research in Germany
  • Quality of reference/recommendation letter

Application Process

Applicants should submit the following by the UCI internal deadline of October 20, 2023:

  1. Submit all requested documents via the DAAD online-portal
  2. Send the reference form (available on portal) to your professors and ask them to email a signed copy to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu
  3. Once the applicant has submitted all required documents via the online portal, a PDF file of the application summary will become available. Please send this to Turner Dahl (tdahl@uci.edu) at the Graduate Division.

Checklists

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Fellowship is designed to increase the number of students who complete their Ph.D. degree and successfully acquire a faculty appointment. Fellows are expected to participate in meaningful research and, eventually, developing an independent project.

Dates

Call for Nominations:  February 23, 2024

Submission DeadlineApril 4, 2024, 12 pm 

The deadline for Schools to submit nominations to the Graduate Division is Friday, April 4, 2023 by 12:00 pm. Late or incomplete nomination packets will not be reviewed. Students should check with their academic program for internal deadlines and submit a complete student application form to their department. All Schools, including those in the College of Health Sciences and the Program in Public Health, are invited to nominate their top two candidates. 

Award Information

  • Fellows receive one year of fellowship support paid directly by the Graduate Division, including a yearly stipend of $29,400 (paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1) and full resident tuition and fees.
    • Graduate programs also provide fellows a supplement to the fellowship (minimum 16%: $4,600) paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1.
  • Fellows receive a $500 academic travel stipend.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in meaningful research during the Fall quarter of their award year.
  • Fellows are expected to develop an independent project for the Winter and Spring quarters of the award year.
  • Fellows are required to participate in UCI’s tracking of programs to assess student progress and eventual job placement.
  • Please note:
    • Fellows are prohibited from being employed as a TA or GSR during the term of this fellowship.  GSR employment may not exceed 24% time without exceptional approval
    • Non-resident tuition is NOT covered by this fellowship award.

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 review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for the 2023-2024 academic year to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must be current UCI Ph.D. students who are in the pre-advancement stage of their program, and they must not be at the dissertation stage during the tenure of the award.

  • Nominees must demonstrate high potential and promise
  • Nominees must indicate an interest in an academic career in teaching and research
  • Nominees must be United States citizens, permanent residents or AB540 status (international students are not eligible for this fellowship).
  • Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Students must enroll full-time in 12 units during each quarter of fellowship tenure

Nominees must qualify as a diversity student, as defined by the University of California and demonstrate experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as socioeconomic or educational limitations, the absence of a family member who attended college, matriculation in a school with poor financial or curricular support, having a physical or learning disability or working long hours while attending school.

Forms

Application Process

Schools are asked to set internal deadlines and collect the student applications accordingly.  Based on merit, schools will then forward nominations of the students to the Graduate Division by Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 12 pm.

Students must submit the FMP Student Application Form electronically to their department before the internal program/department deadline.  Please also include the following items in a single PDF:

  • A brief (2-4 page) Mentoring Plan that includes a schedule of training goals and activities for the 9-month time period
  • A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will serve as the mentor
  • Unofficial transcripts including most recent winter quarter grades
  • Student curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A detailed listing of all funding support received by the student

Departments must complete the FMP Department Nomination Form for each student the department is nominating. Please also include the following items:

  • Completed FMP Student Application Form
  • Mentoring Plan including a schedule of training goals/activities (2-4 page document)
  • Faculty Mentor letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript (include Winter 2023 grades, if applicable)
    • If winter grades are not available by time of submission, Graduate Division will review official grades to verify student meets academic requirements
  • Student’s curriculum vitae
  • Detailed listing of all funding/support

Save this new PDF file and forward nomination packages to your school for ranking, cover letter and signature.

Schools must submit completed documentation for the top two school nominees using the FMP School Nomination Form.  Please be sure to include:

  • PDF nomination packet for each student the school is nominating

Contact

E-Mail: Fellowships@exchange.uci.edu

Before this fellowship is awarded, we will be checking Winter grades to make sure the awardee(s) is/are in good academic standing. Prospective awardees not in good academic standing risk being removed from consideration of fellowship disbursement.

The UC Office of the President has announced the Fletcher Jones Fellowship Program for 2023-2024 academic year.  This prestigious award is intended to provide financial support to doctoral students that will allow them to fully focus on their dissertation research.  As this fellowship is intended to support doctoral degree completion, students demonstrating a clear plan and strong likelihood of filing their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year will be given the strongest consideration.

Information on the Fletcher Jones Foundation can be found at http://www.fletcherjonesfdn.org/.

Award Information

Three doctoral students will be awarded with a dissertation completion fellowship in the amount of approximately $9,000 to be used as a stipend during Winter 2024 or Spring 2024.

Please note that this fellowship does not include tuition and fees. The awardee’s School is expected to cover the cost of the awardee’s tuition and fees for selected quarter of award.

Dates

Call for NominationsSeptember 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

Each School may nominate one outstanding doctoral student who meets the following minimum criteria:

  • Shows financial need
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  • Has a UCI GPA of 3.8 or better
  • Has advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.
  • Is making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree
  • Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Note: Students planning to file their dissertation in Spring 2024 or Summer 2024 will receive the strongest consideration.

Nomination Process

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

  1. A completed, signed UCI Fletcher Jones Fellowship Nomination Form
  2. A completed, signed UCI Fletcher Jones Student Information Form with the following items:
    • 100-word statement of financial need (note any gaps in support, dependents, etc.)
    • 100-word student profile
    • 500-word statement by the nominee describing their research project, progress to date, and plan for completion. Nominees should describe their research in terms that are accessible to a general audience since the reviewers may not be in their field.
  1. A current CV
  2. Letter of recommendation from the following:
  • The student’s faculty advisor/mentor (this letter should address the student’s financial need, interpersonal and leadership abilities, satisfactory academic progress, and expected date of degree completion)

The nomination package should be forwarded with the signature of the School or Program’s Associate Dean to acknowledge that the School will cover the cost of tuition and fees during the selected quarter (winter or spring 2024) if their nominee is selected. A letter of recommendation from the Associate Dean is not required.

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.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

Do you plan on applying to Fulbright?  Please make sure to fill out this interest form.  This form must be completed by the deadline (which is before the official Fulbright deadline) in order to be considered for an institutional endorsement.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When selecting “US Institution Through Which Applying,” be sure to select “UC Irvine Graduate School.” If you select “UC Irvine,” rather than “UC Irvine Graduate School,” your application will be routed to the undergraduate fellowships office and will be delayed in reaching our reviewers.

  • Operates in approximately 140 countries worldwide.
  • Awards grants in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the humanities, sciences, professional fields, and creative and performing arts.
  • Allows for individually designed study/research or an English Teaching Assistantship. You can propose a project and/or study plan that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.
  • Provides support for study/research/teaching abroad, usually in a single country (see Country Summaries: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/program_regions_world.html). You can meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
  • Facilitates cultural exchange. Through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks, you can gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.
  • Promotes mutual understanding. Through engagement in the community, you can interact with your hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.
Application/Nomination Deadlines and Calendar: https://grad.uci.edu/funding/current-fellowships/fulbright-fellowship-int/ 

For more information contact: Kayleigh Anderson at kayleiga@uci.edu

Details

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The Fulbright Program receives its primary source of funding through an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries, and in the United States, also contribute financially through cost-sharing and indirect support. The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students is coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM GRANT?

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Master’s and doctoral candidates who will demonstrate capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.

Note: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has a preference for candidates who have not had recent extensive experience abroad (excluding recent undergraduate study abroad), especially in the country of application.

For full information on award eligibility, please visit: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/eligibility.

DURATION OF FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM GRANTS

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the Country Summaries for specifics.

In general, grants:

  • Are one academic year in length—between 9 and 12 months.
  • Correspond to the host country’s academic calendar.

Requirements for attendance at orientation programs, in the U.S. and/or overseas, are also contained in the Country Summaries.

TYPES OF FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM GRANTS

U.S. Student Fulbright Grants fall into three general categories:

  1. Full Grants for Study/ Research
  2. Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)
  3. Special Programs: Additional awards are available in language study and digital storytelling. For more information, visit the Types of Grants page.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Fulbright website provides explanations of the components of applications as well as application checklists.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is the role of the UCI Fulbright Program Advisor? The Advisor answers questions regarding the administrative details of the Fulbright Award including the application process. The Advisor is also the person to whom you will submit your final application and required materials. The Advisor organizes and co-chairs the Campus Review Committee.
  • How do I apply? Students must apply online at https://apply.iie.org/apply/. Once you hit the submit button, the UCI Fulbright Program Advisor will be able to view your application. Only your UCI Fulbright Program Advisor can submit your application to IIE.
  • How do I make sure my proposal is feasible? There are several things to keep in mind when determining an appropriate Fulbright proposal:
    • Is your proposal sufficiently defined to allow you to carry out your project within the given time frame and resources available?
    • Do you possess the necessary skills and experience?
    • Will you have access to relevant resources overseas?
    • Do you possess the language skills necessary to carry out the project?
    • Is your proposal relevant to the discipline?
    • Have you clearly expressed the outcome of your proposal (what do you expect to gain, contribute to the field, host country, or U.S.)?
    • Is it necessary for you to carry out your proposal only in the host country, or are sufficient resources available in the U.S.?
    • Is your proposal unique, or is it something that has already been investigated many times?
  • Do I need a formal affiliation even if I’m not planning to enroll in university classes? Yes, all students need to be affiliated with an educational or research institute, ministry, or other organization in the host country.
  • How do I set up my overseas affiliation and mentor? In many countries it is up to you to find a mentor and/or a university or institution with which you would like to be affiliated. Even in those countries where affiliation is arranged for you, in most cases your application will only be strengthened by any steps that you take to affiliate yourself. Setting up an affiliation generally means finding a university where you will be able to take classes (usually as a special status non-degree seeking student) and/or use the library and other facilities. Note that in some countries you are required to gain formal university acceptance. In these cases it is up to the applicant to obtain application materials and follow the procedures of the host university.

    Finding a mentor entails identifying a professor(s) in the host country who will be willing to support your research and will write a letter to that effect. Formal letters are recommended. The mentor letter is in addition to the three letters of recommendation which are required as part of the application. Your professors may be able to help you establish overseas contacts. When contacting potential mentors, you should explain that you are a Fulbright applicant and should provide a detailed description of your study/research proposal. You must also outline the type of support that you are requesting (e.g., access to libraries, professors, office space, equipment, etc.). It is very important to begin identifying both your affiliation and mentor at least three months in advance of the application deadline.

    Your affiliation and mentor letters may or may not be one in the same. You may have up to three affiliations. If your affiliation/support letters are in a language other than English, you MUST attach an English language translation to the original.

  • Can I apply for a grant in more than one country? Some regions accept multi-country proposals. Multi-country grants require a strong rationale. Approval from each country is required, and scholars must have affiliations in all countries. Typically, a minimum of 3 consecutive months is required in each country visited.
  • If the UCI Campus Review Committee does not endorse my application, will it be forwarded to IIE for further consideration? Yes, the Campus Review Committee forwards all applications to IIE along with the committee’s comments.
  • Can I have access to my campus rating? No, these ratings are confidential records and cannot be released.
  • Will a Fulbright award allow me to obtain a degree overseas? Can I apply overseas credits earned towards a U.S. degree program upon my return? No, in the vast majority of cases. Grantees generally take courses on a not-for-credit, non-degree seeking basis. See individual country summaries for exceptions. It is the sole responsibility of the individual to arrange for the transfer of credit to UCI. Applicants should note that most overseas universities do not operate on the U.S. credit system.
  • If I am awarded a grant may I defer it to another time? No, grants may not be deferred. Grants may only be used for the particular academic year they are awarded.
  • Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation? No, a maximum of three recommendation letters should be submitted. However, you may wish to solicit more letters to avoid last minute submission. Letters of support from the host country may be submitted in addition to the three, but should be limited to those individuals or institutions with which you will actually be working.
  • I am a native speaker of the language of the country to which I am applying. Do I need to submit the foreign language report form? Yes. This form must be completed for native speakers as well as for anyone who is proposing to study or do research in a language other than English.
  • While I am doing research or studying abroad on a Fulbright Grant, do I need to register (enroll in units and pay fees)? Yes, you will need to submit an In Absentia petition, enroll in research units, and pay In Absentia fees.
  • While I am teaching abroad on a Fulbright ETA Grant, do I need to register (enroll in units and pay fees)? We recommend petitioning for a Leave of Absence.

AY 2023-2024 Application Calendar (for AY 2024-2025 Fulbright Grants)

 DATE

 CALENDAR DETAILS

April 1, 2023

  • Fulbright Program application for U.S. Students, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, officially opens.

June 2023

  • Carefully review the Fulbright Program website for all details of the application and award process.
  • Discuss ideas for a Fulbright project with both your faculty mentor and other faculty who have knowledge of you and your work.

July 31, 2023

  • Notify the UCI Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, of your intent to apply to the Fulbright Program.
  • Work on application, obtaining references, letters of affiliation, etc.

August 2023

  • Keep in close contact with the UCI Fulbright Program Advisor.
  • Ensure that all aspects of your application are in progress (and almost complete). 
  • Language assessment will need to be conducted separately by completing the Foreign Language Evaluation Form (if required).

August 28, 2023

(Submit by Monday 8/28/23 at 8:00am)

This is a firm internal deadline. Applications will only be accepted and submitted for review if all materials are turned in by this date.

Completed electronic application with all uploaded supporting documents must be submitted online by 8 AM August 28, 2023

September 11-September 15, 2023

Interview Dates

  • Interviews are conducted on-campus by a faculty committee.
  • Language assessment will need to be conducted separately by completing the “Foreign Language Evaluation” Form (if required) prior to the interview.
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October 4, 2023 at 8am

THIS IS A FIRM INTERNAL DEADLINE FOR FINAL APPLICATION SUBMISSION.

The UCI Fulbright Program Advisor submits all applications to the Institute of International Education (IIE) via the Embark system by the national deadline of October 10, 2023 at 5:00pm EST. For this purpose, all students must submit their applications and all supplementary materials by 5:00pm PST on Thursday, October 4, 2023.

FULBRIGHT PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Kayleigh Anderson, Ph.D.
UCI Fulbright Program Advisor
949-824-5196
kayleiga@uci.edu

UCI BEST PRACTICES

Statement of Grant Purpose:

  • Thoroughly study the information on the Fulbright US Student Program website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/. Each country differs in the specifics of awards, so be sure to read the web page for the country or countries to which you plan to apply.
  • The statement of grant purpose is a two-page document that outlines the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of what you are proposing for your Fulbright year.
  • Developing a strong, feasible, and compelling project is the most important aspect of a successful application.
  • Write a clear, concise, strong introductory paragraph that will capture the readers’ attention.
  • The proposal should indicate a clear commitment to the host country and a description of how you will engage with it on multiple levels.
  • Describe the preliminary research you have done and the methods you will use to carry out your project.
  • Provide a timeline for your activities, and make sure it is feasible to carry out your project during this timeline.
  • Clearly show the relevance of your work for your research area and for the involved communities.
  • State how the research is original and where it fits as part of a larger project, if applicable.
  • Clearly state why the research must be carried out in the host country.
  • Your readers will be highly educated, but not experts in your field. Avoid jargon and make sure that an educated general reader will be able to understand your proposal.
  • Format: single-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins

Personal Statement:

  • This is written as a narrative one-page CV, and is designed to give the reviewers a picture of you as an individual. This should discuss your personal history, family background, intellectual development, and the impact of educational, professional, or cultural opportunities to which you have or have not been exposed and how your personal and academic experiences have led to your proposed project.
  • Include any volunteer work and personal activities related to the project and showcase your leadership and communication skills.
  • Describe the ways in which you will act as a cultural ambassador to your host country.
    • How will you interact with the people?
    • What activities do you have planned to support interaction outside of the laboratory or library?
    • When possible, relate planned activities to activities you have engaged in before, such as volunteer work, community outreach, etc.
  • This should not be a reiteration of facts already listed in the Biographical Data section of the application or the Statement of Grant Purpose.
  • Format: single-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins

Letters of Affiliation:

  • These should be on institutional or company letterhead and signed by an official. Multiple affiliations are acceptable, but keep these to a maximum of three.
  • If in a foreign language, letters of affiliation should be translated by the applicant. The original letter and English translation should be scanned into a single PDF for uploading.
  • It can take several months to get these letters, so start EARLY by providing a copy of your Statement of Grant Purpose and CV.
  • Good letters of affiliation enhance an application by demonstrating that you have actively sought an institutional connection or connections in the host country.
  • Some countries recommend affiliation with a local university.

Letters of Reference:

  • You must submit three letters of reference. The authors should be the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to carry out the project being proposed. They should discuss your intellectual and personal preparation, and your ability to represent the U.S. abroad.
  • You must register each referee online using a valid email address.
  • Letters must be on official institutional letterhead with the electronic signature of the referee.
  • Ask early and set an early deadline 
  • You will want to provide your referees with a draft of your Statement of Grant Purpose and CV, as the reference letter should NOT simply be a character reference, since this will be of no value in assessing your ability to successfully complete your Fulbright research.
  • You will also want to ask your referees for feedback on your proposal. Faculty referees have had experience writing such applications and they are an invaluable resource as you put together your application.
  • Letters of reference must be written in English. If the original reference letter is written in a language other than English, there must be an official English translation. As letters are confidential, the translation cannot be done by the applicant. Both the original letter and English translation must be uploaded as part of the application.
  • NOTE: If one of your recommenders will also be providing your language evaluation, please note that they will need to register in the Embark application system using two different email addresses.

Foreign Language Report(s):

  • The foreign language evaluation should be carried out and submitted by a language professor or other faculty at an accredited institution.
  • For most Fulbright scholars, proficiency must be at the “hospitality” level (basic conversational skills). For scholars that will conduct interviews as part of their research, it is preferred that language proficiency be at the “near-native” level.
  • If your project requires that you read texts in ancient languages, document your proficiency.
  • You can include plans to increase your language proficiency through classes or other means before your Fulbright tenure begins.
  • NOTE: If one of your recommenders will also be providing your language evaluation, please note that they will need to register in the Embark application system using two different email addresses.

Unofficial Transcripts:

  • Obtain unofficial transcripts from the institutions at which you have studied.
  • Upload transcripts online.
  • Official transcripts will be requested later in the process if you are recommended for further consideration.

On-Campus Interview:

  • Interviews will be held by a faculty committee.
  • Please dress professionally and come prepared to briefly and concretely describe your research project.
  • Please take notes or record the interview so that you can use the feedback to improve your application before the final submission.

FULBRIGHT U.S. SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers 15 postdoctoral awards, as well as nearly 300 awards that are open to a range of scholar profiles, including early career scholars. These awards are open to American citizens who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the five previous years. To learn more, visit https://www.cies.org/program/postdoc

Overview

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program is a separate and distinct program from the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Program. This program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, and it provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. The funding opportunity number for FY 2024 applications is ED-GRANTS-012924-001.

Call for nominations: February 7, 2024
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
March 22, 2024

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe 

Eligibility

A student is eligible to receive a Fulbright-Hays award if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution.
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation.
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Award Information

Expenses covered by the award:

  • Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research.
  • Maintenance and dependent(s) allowances based on the cost of living in country or countries of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s).
  • Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses.
  • Health and accident insurance premiums.
  • An administrative fee of $100 to applicant institution.

Terms and Conditions

A Fulbright-Hays fellow shall:

  • Maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of his or her research.
  • Devote full time to research on the approved topic.
  • Not engage in any gainful employment during the fellowship period.
  • Remain a student in good standing at his or her institution.
  • Register In-Absentia while doing their research abroad.

Federal Register

Interested applicants should thoroughly review the Federal Register for eligible geographic regions, languages and other information, as well as read the definitive, official application instructions in the G6 system.  

Application Process

Institutions of higher education in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Students must apply through their institutions. Proposals should be prepared in the electronic format available through the Department of Education website. Applications must be submitted electronically using the Department’s G6 system.

Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply. We currently offer Fellowships in Africa, Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, India, Latin America, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the United States

For more information, visit the Google PhD Fellowship Program website.

Award Information

Google PhD Fellowships directly support graduate students as they pursue their PhD, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor.  The award package consists of:

  • 2 year Fellowship with opportunity to extend to 3rd year
  • Full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment
  • Google Research Mentor

Dates

Tentative dates for the 2023-24 academic year:

Call for Nominations:  October 1, 2023
Submission Deadline: 
November 1, 2024
External Deadline:  TBA

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD.
  • Students must be in at least their 3rd year of a PhD program by the fall semester or quarter of the year when the Fellowship begins. The nominating university will be asked to confirm the student’s PhD program start date.
  • The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during at least two academic years of the award or forfeit award.
  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.
  • Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible. Government or non-profit organization funding is exempt

Application Process

Eligible graduate students may apply directly to the Graduate Division.  Please submit the following application materials by the submission deadline to Turner Dahl:

  • Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)
  • Transcript of current and previous academic records
  • Research/dissertation proposal including references (recommended length 4-5 pages, no longer than 8)
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee’s work (at least one coming from the thesis advisor)
  • Short (1-page) CV of advisor
  • Cover sheet signed by the Department Chair confirming the student passes eligibility requirements. (See the eligibility requirements for students)
  • Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe the desired impact your research will make on the field and society, and why this is important to you. Include any personal, educational and/or professional experiences that have motivated your research interests.
  • Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
  • A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or taking the lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about what you accomplished and what you learned from the experience. What were your responsibilities?
  • Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church, in your community or an organization? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities. For example, do you help out or take care of your family?

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The Gordon Hein Scholarship provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, and are blind or legally blind.  Certification by the Disability Services Center is required.

Award Information

This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $9,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award.  Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Dates

Call for ApplicationsOctober 9, 2023
Submission Deadline: 
November 17, 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be blind or legally blind

Application Process

Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and combine all materials in a single pdf in the order listed below:

  1. Gordon Hein Scholarship Application Form – with all signatures
  2. S. citizens – apply for FAFSA. International students – submit statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair.
  3. Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
  4. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
  6. Certification (signature on form) from Disability Services Center

To apply, submit these materials using the Gordon Hein Scholarship – Submission Form by November 17, 2023.  Be advised, late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The UCI Graduate Division is pleased to announce a fellowship for students nearing completion of their dissertations/thesis. The Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, GDDF, aims to increase dissertation and thesis completion amongst doctoral and MFA students. This award is intended for students in their final year of graduate study who have a realistic expectation of degree completion during the 2024-2025 academic year. The award will allow students to forgo their non-research related employment obligations to concentrate on completing their degree

Award Information

In an effort to maximize the number of students that can be supported by this fellowship, awards will be made for summer quarters only. The Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, GDDF, provides a $5,000 stipend during summer 2024 for students nearing completion of their dissertation or thesis during the 2024-2025 academic year. Graduate Division will cover the cost of the stipend.

Dates

Call for Nominations:  February 23, 2024

Submission DeadlineApril 4, 2024, 12 pm 

The deadline for Schools to submit nominations to the Graduate Division is Thursday, April 4, 2024 by 12:00 pm. Late or incomplete nomination packets will not be reviewed. Students should check with their academic program for internal deadlines and submit a complete GDDF application form to their department. Nominations are limited to three per school for 2024-2025. At this time, College of Health Sciences are limited to two nominations per school/program. 


Forms

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time Ph.D./MFA students nearing the completion of their dissertation or thesis.
  • Nominees must provide evidence in their application that the timeframe to file their degree is reasonable. 
  • Academic merit.
  • Need for release from non-research related employment.
  • Realistic expectation that the student is near degree completion.
  • Nominees may not be past their academic program’s maximum time-to-degree.
  • United States Citizens, Permanent Residents, AB540, and, International Students are eligible to be nominated

Application Process

Schools are asked to set internal deadlines and collect the student applications accordingly.  Based on merit, schools will then forward nominations of the students to the Graduate Division by Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 12 pm. 

Students: complete and submit the GDDF Student Application Form electronically to their academic department, along with the following:

  • Student Statement (500 words max)
    • Brief description of status of research and progress to date 
    • Detailed plan & timeline for completion
    • Explanation of how fellowship will help complete degree within timeframe. Review the application for additional details.
    • Description of past employment while a graduate student
    • Listing of all extramural, departmental, and Graduate Division fellowships or other financial support received, including pending applications with year and amount
  •  Supplemental Documents 
    • Confirm internal deadlines with your academic department
    • Current version of the student’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • UCI unofficial academic transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from student’s dissertation committee chair
    • Save the GDDF Fellowship Student Application form

Departments: complete the GDDF Department Nomination Form for each student the department is nominating for the School/College phase of the selection process.

Schools/College: submit completed documentation for the top 3 for their school and top 2 for each school/program in in the College of Health Sciences using the GDDF School Nomination Form.

Stipulations

  • GDDF fellows are required to file their dissertation during the 2024-2025 academic year and must file their degree no later than summer 2025. Students must be enrolled in Fall 2024 at minimum to be eligible for this fellowship. 
  • Department/Schools/Colleges will be required to re-pay the awarded funds to the Graduate Division if the filing requirement is not met. 
  • GDDF fellows cannot hold any university employment above 24% including but not limited to TA/Associate/Reader/Tutor or GSR/GSAR positions during the summer fellowship term, which does not apply during the 2024-2025 academic year. 
  • GDDF fellows are no longer eligible for Graduate Division fellowship funding after the end of the summer fellowship term. 
  • 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 review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for the 2024-2025 academic year to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding

Contact

E-Mail: Fellowships@exchange.uci.edu

Before this fellowship is awarded, we will be checking Winter grades to make sure the awardee(s) is/are in good academic standing. Prospective awardees not in good academic standing risk being removed from consideration of fellowship disbursement.

This fellowship aims at easing the transition from graduate school into full-time careers either in academia or other industries. While the fellowship is unpaid, a recipient of this fellowship will receive access to resources that will pay immense dividends going forward and was developed in consultation with young professionals and alumni to provide resources they wished they had access to while in graduate school. 

  • Maintain affiliation with the university, including UCI Net IDs, that will provide access to email, journals, online library materials, and other UCI resources.
  • Gain access to special workshops and training geared towards research and publishing
  • Be included in career services and professional development workshops through The Graduate Division Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center and the Division of Career Pathways including but not limited to:
    • Materials workshops (CV, resume, etc.)
    • Career exploration workshops 
    • Certificate programs (Mentoring Excellence Program, Preparing for a Faculty Career, Management Beyond the Classroom)
    • Alumni “Lessons Learned” series
    • Research funding resources and consultations 
    • Communications coaching in coordination with Activate to Captivate including Improv for Teaching & Excellence in Engineering certificate programs
    • Peer writing consultations and writing groups 
    • Access to Beyond the Professoriate, Imagine PhD, MyIDP, and other valuable websites.
  • Receive a limited number of discounted classes from the Division of Continuing Education, which provides a large variety of topics and training.
  • Be invited to participate in mentoring, networking, and micro-mentoring activities within both industry and academia through Graduate Division and academic programs.
  • Be eligible to apply for travel and professional development funding through the Graduate Division.
  • Benefit from a number of programs through UCI’s Beall Applied Innovation including, but not limited to:
  • Interaction with the Wayfinder Incubator and the Innovation Advisors to help you grow your startup company upon qualifying for incubator admission 
  • Learn about Investor relations, pitch decks, and opportunities to observe and/or present to investor screenings 
  • Desk spaces available at Beall Applied Innovation’s facility, The Cove, located in the UCI Research Park 
  • Access to select innovation & entrepreneurship related events at Beall Applied Innovation 

Departments are strongly encouraged to include these fellows in announcements about job opportunities, networking events, and research projects and symposia.

To qualify, you must be matriculating between March of 2023 and September of 2024, have limited or no immediate job prospects, and indicate the need for a UCI affiliation. The benefits listed above are being provided through special arrangement with various departments and agencies throughout the campus. You must immediately notify our office of the acceptance of any full-time position elsewhere to ensure compliance with our existing contracts to provide these services.

This program is offered by a strong partnership among the Graduate Division, Office of Information Technology, Beall Applied Innovation, Division of Continuing Education, Division of Career Pathways, UCI Libraries, the Provost’s Office, and numerous supportive individuals all over campus.

This fellowship has a rolling deadline at the end of each quarter.

APPLY NOW

The events of the last few years have impacted everyone in some way; however, extreme health and research circumstances have substantially affected many of you. If these issues have considerably delayed your academic progress, you may apply for one-quarter of funding from a Completion Fellowship. The quarter must be in the academic year 2023-24 (not in the summer) and cannot be combined with other UCI stipends or appointments. The goal is to give you a final quarter of funding to finish your dissertation. We will prioritize those with a matching quarter of additional support from their school — if more than one quarter is needed. Students can also plan to combine the fellowship quarter with an additional quarter during which they can go on filing-fee status — for up to three-quarters of work leading to the completion of the degree.

If an additional quarter of NRST funding is needed, it will be included with the Completion Fellowship.

  • If you are out of funding that would cover the cost of a quarter, you may apply for one quarter from the Graduate Division.
  • Applicants must specify how their research or other academic work was delayed. Applicants may also provide information about how events affected them, although details are not required.
  • A letter of support and any matching funds available from their associate dean, chair, or adviser.
  • Applicants must submit a timeline for completion of the degree.
  • Completion fellowship recipients must file their dissertation during the 2023-2024 academic year and file their degree no later than summer of 2024. Departments/Schools/Colleges will be required to re-pay the awarded funds to the Graduate Division if the filing requirement is unmet.  
  • Completion Fellowship recipients cannot hold any university employment, including but not limited to TA/Associate/Reader/Tutor or GSR/GSAR/ positions during the fellowship quarter.

There will only be one call for submissions for the next school year. No applications will be accepted after July 1st, 2023.

Deadline: July 1st, 2023

Questions?  Contact: Jaymi Smith @ jaymis@uci.edu

APPLY NOW

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.

Award Information

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

Dates

Call for NominationsSeptember 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

Stipulations

  • 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.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The James H. Gilliam, Jr. Fellows Program (the Gilliam Fellows Program) is an initiative of the HHMI Center for the Advancement of Science Leadership and Culture. The Gilliam Fellows Program supports pairs of graduate students and their faculty advisers who, together, embody scientific leadership, an important component of which is a commitment to building an equitable and inclusive science culture.

More information can be found in the 2024 Gilliam Program Announcement

Award Information

For the 2024 cohort, the total amount awarded will be $53,000 per year for up to three years.

Key Changes for the 2024 Competition

Note: The Graduate Division will no longer be collecting nominations on behalf of the campus.

  1. Open competition –  the 2024 Gilliam competition will move to an open competition. Any eligible adviser-student pair (see program announcement for detailed eligibility guidelines) can apply. There is no nomination process, and there is not a limit (slot number) for each institution. Faculty advisers will continue to serve as the lead applicant, and once the application opens on October 19, they can start a new application from HHMI’s Pathway system.

  2. Eligibility – the 2024 competition will be open to graduate students and advisers of all identities.  A primary goal of Gilliam is to promote creation of equitable, inclusive, and healthy scientific research environments where everyone can learn, contribute, and thrive. Successful applicants (adviser and student) will demonstrate their commitment to this goal through their activities and unique experiences. 

  3. Application components – Campus nominators will no longer submit letters or institutional data as part of the Gilliam application. All application materials will be prepared and submitted by the adviser, the graduate student, and one outside letter writer on behalf of the student.

Dates

Application Opens:  October 19, 2023
Application Deadline:  December 7, 2023

The announcement and additional information about the Gilliam Fellows Program can also be found on the Gilliam webpage

The James Harvey Scholar award provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, and are completing a publishable thesis or dissertation on homosexuality or the life or works of James Harvey.

Award Information

This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $9,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award.  Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Dates

Call for Applications: October 9, 2023
Submission Deadline: 
November 17, 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have advanced to candidacy and be in their final year of study
  • Must be writing a thesis or dissertation on homosexuality or the life or works of James Harvey. Priority will be given to students researching male homosexuality.

Application Process

Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and combine all materials in a single pdf in the order listed below:

  1. James Harvey Scholar Application Form (complete with all signatures)
  2. S. citizens – apply for FAFSA. International students – submit statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair.
  3. Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
  4. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter

To apply, submit these materials using the James Harvey Scholar – Submission Form by November 17, 2023.  Be advised, late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The Katherine and Robert Phalen Endowment is intended to highlight and support doctoral students whose current laboratory research shows future promise for preventing, treating, or understanding human disease. 

Award Information

$1,000 award to be used as a stipend for Spring 2024.  Doctoral students from the Program in Public Health and the School of Medicine are eligible to apply directly for this fellowship.

Dates

Call for ApplicationsFebruary 2, 2024
Submission Deadline: 
March 1, 2024 by 5:00pm

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7 (at least 3 quarters of graduate coursework completed at UCI)
  2. Be a current, full-time doctoral student enrolled in either the Program in Public Health or the School of Medicine
  3. Demonstrate financial need
  4. Involved in laboratory research that shows future promise for preventing, treating or understanding human diseases

Application Process

Submit an application using the Katherine and Robert Phalen Endowment – Application Form.  Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Financial Need & Impact Statement (300 word maximum)
    • Description of your financial need and how this fellowship would be utilized (300 word maximum)
  • Research Statement (500 word maximum)
    • Description of your laboratory research and how it shows future promise for preventing, treating or understanding human diseases
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor/mentor
    • Letters may be confidentially submitted using the Letter of Recommendation Upload Form
    • Letters should address the following:
      • Applicant’s role and direct contributions to their laboratory research
      • Applicant’s academic qualifications & noteworthy qualities and characteristics
    • Letter should not address:
      • The applicant’s financial need or personal circumstances

Contact 

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu. 

The La Verne Noyes Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, are U.S. citizens, and are descendants of World War I U.S. Army or Navy veterans.

Award Information

This award provides a stipend of $5,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award

Dates

Call for Applications:  October 9, 2023
Submission Deadline: 
November 17, 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be U.S. citizens pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible
  • Must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be the direct descendant of a World War I U.S. Navy or Army veteran. Note that the veteran must have served for at least four months between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918.  Priority will be given to descendants of those killed in action.

Application Process

Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and combine all materials in a single pdf in the order listed below:

  1. La Verne Noyes Fellowship Application Form – with all signatures
  2. Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
  5. Copy of birth certificate and family tree showing the relationship to the WWI veteran with qualifying service
  6. Copy of the veteran’s active duty or honorable discharge document, or other documentation showing qualifying service for at least four months between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918, including documentation that the relative died in combat (if applicable).

To apply, submit these materials using the La Verne Noyes Fellowship – Submission Form by November 17, 2023.  Be advised, late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

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The Miguel Velez Scholarship provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, and are citizens of a Latin American country.  Preference is given to citizens of Colombia.

Award Information

This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $9,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award.  Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Dates

Call for ApplicationsOctober 9, 2023
Submission Deadline: 
November 17, 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be citizens of a Latin American country and pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible.
  • Must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.
  • Students who are citizens of Colombia or who can prove descent from the donor, Miguel Velez, will be given preference.
  • Students from a Latin American country who have AB 540 status are also eligible to apply.

Application Process

Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and combine all materials in a single pdf in the order listed below:

  1. Miguel Velez Scholarship Application Form (completed with all signatures)
  2. Statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair
  3. Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
  4. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
  6. Copy of passport page showing citizenship in a Latin American country. Residency will be verified via the student information system.

To apply, submit these materials using the Miguel Velez Scholarship – Submission Form by November 17, 2023.  Be advised, late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

Overview

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers fellowships to students in the early stages of pursuing a research based Master’s or Ph.D. degree. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) affords our nation’s research leaders of tomorrow exceptional funding with three years of graduate support worth thousands of dollars.

Call for nominations: TBD
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
TBD

For more information contact: Kayleigh Anderson at kayeiga@uci.edu

Award Information

GRFP Fellows Receive the Following:

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident alien; and
  • Are a graduating senior, or have completed a B.A./B.S. degree, or are in the first year or the first semester of the second year in graduate school at the time of the application deadline; and
  • Did not previously apply to NSF GRFP as a graduate student*; and
  • Are pursuing a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in GRFP-supported disciplines, including: chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematics, physics and anatomy, psychology, social sciences and STEM education.
  • Applicants who have completed more than twelve months of graduate study may be considered eligible if they have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to August of the year they are applying. To be eligible, applicants must not have attended graduate school for two years prior to August 1 of the year applying. Applicants also cannot be entering a graduate program in the fall of the year they are applying to the NSF GRFP. A statement describing the extenuating circumstance is required in the application.

*Note: Beginning in the 2017 cycle, graduate students only have one opportunity to apply.

Application Process

NSF GRFP Proposals are evaluated on two merit review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts

Intellectual Merit

  • Ability to plan and conduct research
  • Excellence when working both independently and on a team
  • Aptitude in interpreting and communicating research findings

 Broader Impacts – Activities and projects that:

  • Integrate research and education
  • Communicate your methodology and findings to a diverse audience
  • Encourage diversity and enable full participation
  • Enhance global scientific and technical understanding
  • Benefit society

Contact Info

For more information about the NSF GRFP and resources available for UCI applicants, please contact:

Kayleigh Anderson-Natale
Postdoctoral and Professional Development Manager
949-824-5196

RESOURCES AT UC IRVINE

Take advantage of the various on-campus resources to assist you as you prepare, write and improve the caliber of your fellowship application. Funding workshops provide students with an overview of the NSF GRFP, writing tips on the application essays, and tips from fellow students and faculty reviewers.  Writing consultants at the Graduate Resource Center assist students in polishing their writing by providing comments and suggestions on grammar and clarity. Some Schools and/or graduate programs provide resources to students applying for the NSF GRFP.

Graduate Division and GRC Resources:
  • Summer and Fall quarter workshops at the GRC.
  • Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale holds fellowship advising hours every week at the GRC. She is available to discuss application questions and provide feedback on fellowship applications. Schedule an appointment by calling 949-824-3849 or email (grc@uci.edu).
  • IDr. Celina Mojica is also available to discuss application questions and provide feedback on applications. Please email to schedule an appointment.
  • Writing Consultants at the GRC
    • Due to high demand, students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment online.
  • Fellowship Application SamplesStudents may view successful NSF GRFP applications at the GRC.

The GRC is located at 3100 Gateway Student Center. Click here for a map and directions from Ring Road.

Resources and Links

The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers.  

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) does not allow applicants to propose to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow applicants to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a sponsor or co-sponsor.

The F99/K00 award is intended for individuals who require 1-2 years to complete their Ph.D. dissertation research training (F99 phase) before transitioning to mentored postdoctoral research training (K00 phase). Consequently, applicants are expected to propose an individualized research training plan for the next 1-2 years of dissertation research training and a plan for 3-4 years of mentored postdoctoral research and career development activities that will prepare them for independent cancer-focused research careers. Please note: It is not required that cancer be the topic of predoctoral work, but it is required for postdoctoral work.

NCI intends to commit $1.1 M to fund up to 24 awards in FY2024, and $1.1 M to fund up to 24 awards in FY 2025.  Please see the full RFA for more details:  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-23-042.html

Dates

Each eligible institution is eligible to submit one application per due date.  Therefore, UCI may put forward one nomination for this award opportunity and is therefore soliciting applications from qualified predoctoral students interested in pursuing postdoctoral work in cancer research. 

  • Call for Nominations:  September 7, 2023
  • Internal UCI Graduate Division Nomination Due Date: October 13, 2023
  • The selected applicant will be notified by October 20, 2023
  • The external deadline to submit an application to NCI is November 17, 2023 by 5:00pm local time of the applicant organization

Nomination Process

To apply, interested applicants should send the following application materials (in a single combined PDF) to Turner Dahl (tdahl@uci.edu):

  • Specific aims of applicant’s predoctoral to postdoctoral work in cancer research. One page per NIH guidelines (For help please review this guide).
    • If the applicant’s pre-doctoral work is not cancer-related, an additional ½ page may be used to present a clear plan for cancer training.
  • Applicant’s CV

For more information about this opportunity, please review the full RFA at NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) is a supplemental funding opportunity that provides graduate students supported by NSF grants with internship and training opportunities at non-academic institutions to help students gain knowledge, skills, and experience in preparation for successful long-term careers. Read the full opportunity here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21013/nsf21013.jsp

    NSF will consider supplemental funding requests for up to an additional six months of graduate student support on active NSF grants with the following goals:

    1. To provide graduate students with the opportunity to augment their research assistantships or NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowships with non-academic research internship activities and training opportunities that will complement their academic research training;
    2. To allow graduate students to pursue new activities aimed at acquiring professional development experience that will enhance their preparation for multiple career pathways after graduation; and
    3. To encourage the participation of graduate students from underrepresented groups such as women, persons with disabilities, underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), veterans, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Eligibility

  • To be eligible, graduate students must have completed at least one academic year in their graduate programs (master’s or doctoral) and be making satisfactory progress towards the completion of their degrees.
  • Either be working under a PI with an NSF grant OR be a current NSF Graduate Research Program Fellow.
  • GRFP Fellows must be active, either “on tenure” or “on reserve” during the entire period of the proposed internship.
    • If a Fellow is “on tenure” no stipend or tuition can be requested as part of the budget.
    • If a Fellow is “on reserve” funds for stipend and tuition during the interval of the internship will be considered.  The maximum stipend that will be considered is 2,833/month.

Activities Supported

The PI/co-PI of an active NSF award may request supplemental funding for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting, including the following:

  • For-profit industry laboratories or industry research and development groups;
  • Start-up businesses, such as (but not limited to) those funded through the NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program;
  • Government agencies (all levels) and National Laboratories;
  • Museums, science centers, and other informal learning settings;
  • Policy think-tanks; and
  • Non-profit organizations.

It is expected that the internship will be research-focused in a STEM field or in STEM education research and will be on-site at the host organization unless a specific exception to this is granted due to extenuating circumstances by the cognizant program officer.

Award Details

  • NSF plans to fund approximately 260 proposals in 2021
  • Funding requested cannot exceed $55,000 per student, per 6-month period
  • Allowable costs:
    • Travel
    • Tuition and fees
    • Health insurance 
    • Additional stipend
    • Temporary relocation costs
  • Tuition and fees will be considered only for the time of the internship

Submission Process and Deadline

  • March 29, 2024: Submit supplemental funding requests to Graduate Division. Please note, applications are open all year around since this is a rolling deadline. Expect the review and processing for an INTERN proposal to take at least seven months. Carefully review the application components and instructions.
  • April 15: NSF’s target date for each fiscal year. The Graduate Division will submit vetted applications by this date. 

Apply Here

Sign-in to CampusGroups with our UCI credentials to submit your application: https://cglink.me/2eo/s50482

Contacts

Pre-Application: Questions about applying to NSF Intern can be directed to Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale at kayleiga@uci.edu

Post-Application: Questions on the status of your application can be directed to Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu.

Application Components

Instructions

A 2-page summary that describes the internship.

The request must include a concise statement from the graduate student describing how the activity will better prepare the graduate student to enter the workforce.

Resume (up to 2 pages)

Resume contains (but not limited to) the following information: 

  1. Educational Preparation
  2. Summary of graduate coursework completed
  3. Professional employment history
  4. Publications
  5. Other information relevant to the proposed internship

A letter of collaboration from host organization

A letter of collaboration from an authorized official at the organization which will host the student that describes

  • the internship opportunity and 
  • the mentoring that will be provided to the student during the internship. 
  • This letter should include a statement confirming that neither the graduate student nor the PI has a financial interest in the organization hosting the internship.

A letter from the PI (Dean Gillian Hayes)

A letter from the PI (Dean Hayes) that confirms that the student meets the eligibility requirements specified in this DCL. The letter must describe 

  • how the proposed internship activity will contribute to the student’s graduate education experience and 
  • how it may impact time to degree. 
  • The PI must describe activities that are synergistic with the scope of the PI’s NSF Grant to be supplemented.

NSF awardee and host organization Agreement

The NSF awardee and the organization hosting the graduate student must agree in advance as to how intellectual property (IP) rights will be handled. 

  • A signed agreement on IP (including publication and patent rights) must be submitted prior to the award of the supplemental funding. 
  • NSF is responsible neither for the agreement reached nor the IP information exchanged between the NSF awardee and the host organization.

DOWNLOAD AGREEMENT TEMPLATE HERE

Budget

A budget and a clear justification for all requested budget costs. 

  • Include the proposed internship start and end date in the budget justification. 
  • The amounts for each budget line item requested must be documented and justified in the budget justification as outlined in the NSF PAPPG.
  • The budget should incorporate indirect costs in accordance with UCI’s approved/negotiated indirect cost rate.

Contact your department’s budget advisor for support and approval.

Overview

The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) website. The primary purpose of the NRSA is to ensure the TRAINING of independent research scientists.

 Structure of NIH
  • Organization of institutes
    • NIH is one of eight agencies that make up the Department of Health and Human Services. NIH awards, by far, the most grant money to U.S. universities to support biomedical research.
    • There are 25 Institutes and Centers under the umbrella of NIH. Each has its own mission.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship

Award Info

  • Predoctoral Applicants will receive a stipend of $23,376.
  • Postdoctoral Applicants will receive a stipend amount based on years of experience.
  • The NIH will provide funds for tuition, fees, health insurance, and training related expenses. Refer to the NIH notice: NOT-OD-16-047 for further information.
  • Award budgets are composed of stipends, tuition and fees, and institutional allowance
  • NRSA support is limited to 5 years for predoctoral trainees, and 3 years for postdoctoral fellows.

Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible for a Kirschstein-NRSA Individual Fellowship (F30, F31, F32), the fellowship applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national, or have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence before the award is issued. U.S. non-citizen nationals are persons born in lands that are not States but are under U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration, e.g., American Samoa. Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible for NRSA support. More for information, visit page I-97 of the Individual Fellowship Application Guide for NIH and AHRQ.

Application Criteria

  • All NIH applications submitted in support of biomedical and behavioral research are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIH peer review system according to the following criteria:

Overall Impact/Merit

Reviewers will provide an overall impact/priority score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood that the fellowship will enhance the candidate’s potential for, and commitment to, a productive independent scientific research career in a health-related field, in consideration of the scored and additional review criteria.

Scored Review Criteria

Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific merit, and give a separate score for each. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact.

Fellowship Applicant

  • Are the applicant fellow’s academic record and research experience of high quality?
  • Does the applicant fellow have the potential to develop as an independent and productive researcher in biomedical, behavioral or clinical science?

Sponsors, Collaborators, and Consultants

  • Are the sponsor(s) research qualifications (including successful competition for research support) and track record of mentoring appropriate for the proposed fellowship?
  • Are there (1) evidence of a match between the research interests of the applicant fellow and the sponsor (including an understanding of the applicant’s research training needs) and (2) a demonstrated ability and commitment of the sponsor to assist in meeting these needs?
  • Are the qualifications of any collaborator(s) and/or consultant(s), including their complementary expertise and previous experience in fostering the training of fellows, appropriate for the proposed research project?

Research Training Plan

  • Is the proposed research plan of high scientific quality, and does it relate to the applicant fellow’s training plan?
  • Is the training plan consistent with the applicant fellow’s stage of research development?
  • Will the research training plan provide the applicant fellow with individualized and supervised experiences that will develop research skills needed for his/her independent and productive research career?

Training Potential

  • Does the proposed research training plan have the potential to provide the applicant fellow with the requisite individualized and supervised experiences that will develop his/her research skills?
  • Does the proposed research training have the potential to serve as a sound foundation that will lead the applicant fellow to an independent and productive career?

Institutional Environment & Commitment to Training

  • Are the research facilities, resources (e.g. equipment, laboratory space, computer time, subject populations), and training opportunities adequate and appropriate?
  • Is the institutional environment for the scientific development of the applicant fellow of high quality, and is there appropriate institutional commitment to fostering the applicant fellow’s training as an independent and productive researcher?

Additional Review Criteria

As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will evaluate the following additional items while determining scientific and technical merit, and in providing an overall impact/priority score, but will not give separate scores for these items.

Protections for Human Subjects

For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

For research that involves human subjects and meets the criteria for one or more of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate: 1) the justification for the exemption, 2) human subjects involvement and characteristics, and 3) sources of materials. For additional information on review of the Human Subjects section, please refer to the Human Subjects Protection and Inclusion Guidelines.

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children

When the proposed project involves clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for inclusion of minorities and members of both genders, as well as the inclusion of children. For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Human Subjects Protection and Inclusion Guidelines

Vertebrate Animals

The committee will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following five points: 1) proposed use of the animals, and species, strains, ages, sex, and numbers to be used; 2) justifications for the use of animals and for the appropriateness of the species and numbers proposed; 3) adequacy of veterinary care; 4) procedures for limiting discomfort, distress, pain and injury to that which is unavoidable in the conduct of scientifically sound research including the use of analgesic, anesthetic, and tranquilizing drugs and/or comfortable restraining devices; and 5) methods of euthanasia and reason for selection if not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.

Biohazards

Reviewers will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.

Application Process

Application Overview

  • F30 (dual doctoral degree fellowships, e.g., M.D.-Ph.D, D.D.S.-Ph.D) 
  • F31 (predoctoral fellowships)
  • F31 (predoctoral fellowships – diversity)
  • F32 (postdoctoral fellowships)
  • For a complete listing of Fellowship Program Announcements (PAs), see the F-kiosk.
  • Postdoctoral (F32) – Must have Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent. 
  • Predoctoral (F31) – Must have baccalaureate degree and be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
  • F-series due receipt dates: April 8, August 8 and December 8

 Application Process

  • Notify your academic program that you plan to submit a NIH NRSA application
  • Applicants should work with their faculty advisor as early as possible to identify which NIH institute is most relevant to support their research and project, and to establish a strong training plan.
  • First time applicants are highly encouraged to give ample time to submit. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.
  • Start your application by creating an eRA Commons account. All applicants must have an NIH eRA Commons User with “PI” as the designated role to apply for a NRSA Fellowship.
  • To create an eRA Commons account, contact the Office of Research Administration at 949-824-0018.
  • Fellows will need to prepare a SF424 (R&R) Form.
  • Refer to SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide for NIH and AHRQ to search for specific topics by keyword or to find answers to your questions.
  • All NIH NRSA applications are due to the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) office at least 5 to 10 business days prior to the NIH deadline.

Resources at UCIrvine

Writing consultants at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center are available to help students to polish their writing by providing comments and suggestions on grammar and clarity.

  • Due to high demand, students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment by calling 949-824-3849.

Other Resources

The Otto W. Shaler Scholarship provides financial support to international graduate students who have financial need, and who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise.  All Schools, including those in the College of Health Sciences, and The Program in Public Health, are invited to submit one nomination each.

Award Information

This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $9,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award.  Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Dates

Call for ApplicationsOctober 9, 2023
Graduate Division Submission Deadline: 
November 17, 2023
Internal School/Department Deadline:  Early November (varies by School)

Eligibility Criteria

  • International students pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible
  • Must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

Application Process

Students submit the application materials in the order listed below to their School or department by the internal deadline (varies by school):

  1. Otto W. Shaler Scholarship Application Form (complete with all signatures) 
  2. Statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair
  3. Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
  4. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
  6. Copy of passport page showing country of citizenship. Residency will be verified via the student information system.

Schools/Departments: submit these materials in the order listed above using the Otto W. Shaler Scholarship – Submission Form by November 17, 2023.  Be advised, late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association International Scholarships are for foreign students engaged in their final year of graduate study. Visit the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association website for more detailed information about the program.

Award Information

One scholarship will be awarded per academic institution, in the amount of $1,000.

Dates

Tentative dates for the 2023-24 academic year:

Call for Applications: January 8, 2024
Application Deadline:
February 16, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should be in their final year of study during the 2021-22 academic year. Evidence of registration for Fall 2021 is required before checks to awardees can be distributed. Students on filing fee in Fall 2021 are not eligible. 
  • Candidates are pursuing a Ph.D. or the usual terminal degree in their field. The only supported terminal Master’s degree at UCI is the MFA. Professional degrees (MBA, JD, MD) are not supported.
  • Candidates should be returning to their home country soon after earning their degree.
  • Candidates must demonstrate both academic excellence and significant need.
  • Candidates are not limited to persons who come from underdeveloped or developing countries.
  • Awards are to be made without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, or creed.
  • Repeat awards will not be considered.

Application Process

  • Students must complete the PBK Application Form.
  • Faculty must complete the PBK Faculty Recommendation Form.
  • A completed application must include the following:
    • A fully completed application form
    • A short essay on scholarly and professional ambitions (not necessarily limited to the space provided)
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, including the student’s dissertation chair (for doctoral candidates) 
    • A justification of need (rough estimate)
    • Current unofficial transcript

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The President’s Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship is intended for students in their final year of graduate study, who are planning to pursue teaching and research appointments soon after their dissertation fellowship year. This award assists graduate students with the completion of their dissertation and enhances their qualifications as candidates for university faculty teaching and research appointments by providing professional opportunities needed to successfully obtain a faculty appointment.

Dates

Call for Nominations:  February 23, 2024

Submission DeadlineApril 4, 2024, 12 pm

The deadline for Schools to submit nominations to the Graduate Division is Thursday, April 4, 2024 by 12:00 pm. Late or incomplete nomination packets will not be reviewed. Students should check with their academic program for internal deadlines and submit a complete PDY Student Application Form to their department. All Schools, including those in the College of Health Sciences and the Program in Public Health, are invited to nominate their top two candidates. 

Award Information

The funding package includes:

  • Fellows receive one year of fellowship support paid directly by the Graduate Division, including a yearly stipend of $29,400 (paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1) and full resident tuition and fees.
    • Graduate programs also provide fellows a supplement to the fellowship (minimum 16%: $4,600) paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1.
  • $500 academic travel stipend.
  • Please note:
    • Fellows are prohibited from being employed as a TA or GSR during the term of this fellowship.  GSR employment may not exceed 24% time without exceptional approval
    • Non-resident tuition is NOT covered by this fellowship award.

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 review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for the 2024-2025 academic year to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be current UCI Ph.D. students who are in their last year of graduate study and who have advanced to candidacy by Fall 2024.
  • Nominees must be U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents or AB540 status.
  • Nominees must be able to file their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year (Summer 2025). Financial penalties will be imposed on the program/school if fellows do not file their dissertation by the summer filing deadline at the end of the award year.
  • Nominees may not be past their academic program’s maximum time-to-degree.
  • Nominees must not have previously received dissertation funding from any source in support of a final dissertation year, or during the tenure of this award.
  • Fellows are required to participate in the President’s Dissertation Year Conference hosted by University of California’s Office of the President. Traditionally, the conference is held in Northern California during the fall of the award year; however, the time of year and location are subject to change. Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • Fellows are required to present a seminar on their dissertation research twice during the award period.

Nominees must qualify as a diversity student as defined by the University of California and demonstrate experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as socioeconomic or educational limitations, the absence of a family member who attended college, matriculation in a school with poor financial or curricular support, having a physical or learning disability or working long hours while attending school.

Forms

Application Process

Schools are asked to set internal deadlines and collect the student applications accordingly.  Based on merit, schools will then forward nominations of the students to the Graduate Division by Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 12 pm.

Students must submit the PDY Student Application Form electronically to the department, along with the following in a single PDF:

  • The student’s dissertation prospectus (max 4 pages, double spaced), which is a timeline for the completion of your dissertation
    • Provide a brief introduction of your dissertation project
    • Provide a summary for each of your dissertation chapters. Include dates of completion and/or prospective completion dates, and plans for completing unfinished chapters.
    • Include a plan for completing the writing and submitting of your dissertation to your committee for review, and when you plan to defend
    • Personal Statement
    • A brief statement of intent from the student regarding career objectives
    • Mentoring plan that includes a timeline of expected progress for completion of the dissertation (this should be co-written by both the student and advisor)
  • Student curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Unofficial transcripts including Winter Quarter 2024 grades (if applicable)
    • If unofficial grades are not included for Winter Quarter 2024, Graduate Division will review upon availability of grades to verify student still meets the necessary academic requirements
  • A list of proposed seminars (minimum of two) in which the student will present his/her research during the dissertation year
  • A detailed listing of all funding/support received by student
  • Include a written reference from the dissertation advisor

Departments: Complete the PDY Department Nomination Form and include it with the following materials in a single PDF:

  • Completed PDY Student Application Form
  • Dissertation prospectus
  • Student’s CV
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Listing of proposed seminar presentations
  • Detailed listing of all funding/support
  • Dissertation advisor letter of recommendation

Save this new PDF file and forward nomination packages to your school for ranking, cover letter and signature.

Schools must submit completed documentation for the top two school nominees using the PDY School Nomination Form.  Please be sure to include:

  • PDF nomination packet for each student the school is nominating

Contact

E-Mail: Fellowships@exchange.uci.edu

Before this fellowship is awarded, we will be checking Winter grades to make sure the awardee(s) is/are in good academic standing. Prospective awardees not in good academic standing risk being removed from consideration of fellowship disbursement.

Public Impact Fellowships highlight and support doctoral and MFA students whose current research has the potential for substantial impact in the public sphere. Ideal candidates will be involved in research designed to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Californians and/or national and global communities. 

Award Information

$11,000 (distinguished fellow full award) or $1,000 (honorable mention award) to be used as a stipend. All schools are eligible to nominate students to compete for a total of fifteen fellowships. Each of the five full awardees will receive $11,000. Each of the ten honorable mention awardees will receive $1,000. Students may choose to accept the award during Winter 2024 or Spring 2024, or over both quarters, at their discretion.

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

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  2. Be a current, full-time doctoral or MFA student.
  3. If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. by October 20, 2023.
  4. Conduct research that has critical public impact. (Examples of relevant research include studies that aim to improve economic opportunity and well-being, health care, social justice, political participation, cultural engagement, and scientific or technical solutions to pressing social issues.)
  5. Be willing to have research spotlighted/featured on both the Graduate Division’s and UCI’s website, brochures and social networks, and be able and available to effectively communicate and discuss their research in lay terms with prospective donors, legislators and/or their staff, and the media during Winter and Spring quarters.
  6. If selected as a finalist, students must be available to give a brief presentation (via Zoom) to the selection committee, with no visual aids, immediately followed by a brief interview. These presentations and interviews will take place on November 13, 2023.

Nomination Process

Schools are asked to collect nominations from each department and forward the most promising nominees, based on merit and the potential public impact of the student’s research. There is no limit to the number of nominations. The final selection committee will consider several factors when choosing the awardees, including each student’s presentation, interview, ability to convey their research to a broad audience, academic record, letters of recommendation, degree progress, and potential research impact.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS:

  1. Complete the Student Information Form
  2. Please email the following materials to your program’s graduate affairs staff member:
  • Completed Student Information Form with your signature.
  • Your current CV
  • Letter of recommendation from your primary faculty advisor/PI

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROGRAMS/DEPARTMENTS:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form
  2. Please create a single PDF file for each nominee in this order:
  • Nomination Form (signed by the Program Graduate Advisor and Associate Dean)
  • Student Information Form (signed by the student)
  • CV
  • Letter of Recommendation from the student’s primary faculty advisor/PI

 

Please email completed nomination packages to Turner Dahl (tdahl@uci.edu) on or before October 20, 2023.  Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Stipulations

  • Students should 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 before applying.
  • For students already receiving financial aid, acceptance of a Public Impact Fellowship may affect their overall financial need-based support package. In such cases, students are strongly encouraged to consult with the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Previous Public Impact Fellowship winners (full awardees and honorable mentions) are not eligible for this year’s competition.
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Contact

Please direct any questions to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

The purpose of the Global Grant Scholarship Program is to help prepare students for careers in one of Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus and to foster international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Rotary District 5320 is pleased to announce that we are continuing this wonderful program by offering District 5320 Global Grant Scholarships for graduate study abroad. District 5320 is offering scholarships for the upcoming academic year and is open to receiving applications.

Rotary District 5320:  Global Grant Scholars | Rotary District 5320 (rotary5320.org)

Award Information

The Global Grant Scholarship will fund graduate level course work for an amount of $ 40,000 for one year of study outside the United States,.

Dates

Application Deadline: December 20 for the upcoming year

  • Interviews will be held in February/March for the same academic year
  • The final approval will be given by the Rotary Foundation between March and June of the same year

Scholarship Terms and Eligibility

For more details about the scholarship terms, eligibility process, please see the following pdf:  Rotary-5320-Global-Grants-Introduction-2021.pdf (rotary5320.org)

Application Process

Fill out this application form below and submit it to your local Rotary Club with a copy to the District by December 20th.

https://resources.rotary5320.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/RI_Global_Grant_Scholar_Candidate_Application_Form_2021-2022.docx

Contact

For all questions, clarifications and form submissions please send an email to:

The Graduate Division is now accepting nominations for the Tom Angell Fellowship, which will be awarded in Spring quarter. This fellowship is intended to honor Tom Angell’s contributions as our Graduate Counselor to graduate student wellness and retention. The award is open to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars.

Award Information

One $500 fellowship award will be made to one graduate student; one $500 award will be made to one faculty member; and one $500 award will be made to one postdoctoral scholar. The faculty award must be used as a fellowship to a student of the faculty’s choice. The student and postdoctoral scholar awards must be used to support student/postdoc professional development.

Dates

Call for Applications: February 2, 2024
Submission Deadline
: March 1, 2024 by 5:00pm

Submit a Nomination

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

Faculty Nominees
• Must have shown excellent mentorship of UC Irvine graduate students

Graduate Student Nominees
• Must have shown excellent mentorship of fellow UC Irvine students
• Must be making satisfactory academic progress

Postdoctoral Scholar Nominees
• Must have shown excellent mentorship of UC Irvine graduate students or fellow postdoctoral scholars.

*Please confirm that the nominee holds a postdoctoral title with UCI before submitting a nomination.

Notes

Recipients will be honored at the annual Mentoring Excellence Event hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in April 2024 (exact date TBD).  All nominees and nominators are encouraged to attend (location and additional details will be posted at: https://inclusion.uci.edu/education-events/mentoring/).

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

OVPTL and Graduate Division are coordinating the UCI campus applications for the fifth annual class of the UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows. These fellows can be undergraduate, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows and will be supported to attend the Lindau Physics Meetings being held from June 30 through July 5, 2024 in Lindau, Germany.

Begun seven decades ago, today the Lindau meetings bring together some 600 university students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world who spend a week absorbing lectures by Nobel Laureates and interacting with them in smaller groups to discuss their own research. The theme of the meetings – educate, inspire, and connect– has led us to see these meetings as places where our students not only learn but begin to build the research networks that will enrich their lives and help create the broadest sense of community.

2023-24 Topic:  73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics)

Dates

Call for ApplicationsAugust 22, 2023
Submission Deadline
: September 22, 2023

Eligibility Criteria

Selection criteria for the 2024 meeting can be found here:  https://www.lindau-nobel.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Selection-Criteria-Physics-2024.pdf.

  • applicant’s field must be in physics or closely related disciplines
  • show a genuine interest and engagement in science and research,
  • belong to the top 5 percent of their class / show excellence in their principal field of studies
  • receive very strong support of their application by their academic advisor and/or by an internationally renowned scientist, who knows the applicant well; a detailed letter of recommendation is indispensable for the application,
  • deliver a comprehensive CV together with their application (as attachment)
  • be fluent in English and prepared to actively participate in discussions with laureates and young scientists,
  • normally not have a permanent position or an independent group leader position as this is a criterion for exclusion except in special cases,
  • not have participated on-site in a previous Lindau Meeting,
  • deliver fully completed applications in their online profiles on or before the deadline in November 2023 (responsibility of the nominated individuals; incomplete applications will not be considered), and
  • commit themselves to being present in Lindau for the full duration of the meeting

It is intended to have a well-rounded balance between these three groups:

  1. Undergraduate students, who
    1. Exhibit a solid general knowledge in the sciences
  2. Master and doctoral students, who
      1. Show excellent academic accomplishments and
      2. Have already produced excellent research work, e.g. documented by publications, conference presentations, and/or research awards/prizes
  3. Postdoctoral scientists, who
      1. Have up to 5 years of postdoctoral experiences (optimum about 2-3 years after the doctoral degree),
      2. Have published excellent results, preferably of own scientific research in refereed journals and as first or last and/or corresponding author,
      3. Have presented their work at international scientific meetings, preferably as (invited) lecturers.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit the below materials in ONE SINGLE PDF, emailed to Turner Dahl tdahl@uci.edu by Friday, September 22 by 5pm. Selections will be made and forwarded to UCOP shortly after.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Commitment to attend the entire meeting in Lindau
  • Statement of purpose in attending the meeting and how an applicant’s background satisfies the criteria for selection.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.

Dates

Call for Applications:  September 5, 2023
Application Deadline:  November 1, 2023

Awards and Appointments

Applicants must receive a Ph.D. or terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Apply online at: ppfp.ucop.edu

Contact

More information: 

President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
University of California
visit online: ppfp.ucop.edu/info/ 

email: ppfpinfo@berkeley.edu

The Waffarn Family Maternal Child Health Endowment recognizes Ph.D. students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement and provides financial support for their educational and academic advancement in the area of maternal/child health.

Award Information

$750 award to be used as a stipend for Spring quarter. 

Dates

Call for Nominations: February 2, 2024
Submission Deadline:
Friday, March 1, 2024 by 5:00pm

Eligibility Criteria 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7 (at least 3 quarters of graduate coursework completed at UCI)
  2. Be a current, full-time doctoral student
  3. Engaged in current research in the area of maternal/child health
  4. Demonstrate a history of past academic achievement

Application Process

Submit an application using the Waffarn Family Maternal Child Health Endowment – Application Form.  Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Applicant Biographic Statement (300 word maximum)
    • Include, where applicable, undergraduate university and previous degrees, research interests, current projects, honors, work experience, outside interests, and any special characteristics or activities.
  • Applicant Research Statement (500 word maximum)
    • Description of your research as it relates to maternal/child health
  • Future Plans & Impact Statement (300 word maximum)
    • Statement that speaks to your plans for the future and the potential impact of this award
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor/mentor
    • Letters may be confidentially submitted using the Letter of Recommendation Upload Form
    • Letters should not address personal circumstances or financial need
    • Letters should address the applicant’s role in their research, academic qualifications and any noteworthy characteristics or qualities they exhibit

Contact

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu. 

Recruitment Fellowships

Funding opportunities for prospective graduate students

The UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship program is designed to supplement financial support packages of admitted doctoral and M.F.A. diversity students.

Award Information

Each award will be up to $5,000 to top-off their original award paid on September 1, 2024 contingent on fall enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Awardee needs to be a US citizen, Permanent Resident or AB540 eligible.
  • Awardee needs to be eligible under the University of California definition of diversity.
  • Awardee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA.
  • Awardee must have a pending SIR.
  • Awardee must be interviewed during the admissions process by the department in order to be considered for this fellowship. Method of interview can be in-person, by phone, or Skype, etc. Email correspondence is NOT acceptable.

Contact

Award process is administered at the school and/or department level

If you would like to be considered for this award, contact the staff coordinator of the program in which you are interested.

The Eugene Cota-Robles (ECR) Fellowship is the most prestigious diversity fellowship offered at UC Irvine.  This award is used to release recipients from employment or loan obligations that might delay progress in graduate study.  The fellowship is designed to place students interested in careers in academic teaching and research on a fast-track towards completing their doctoral degree, and to increase the number of qualified candidates for faculty positions within the University of California.  The Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship is named in honor of one of the earliest Mexican-American professors in the University of California System. 

Award Information

  • In the first year, Graduate Division will award fellowship support in the form of a $37,000 stipend, distributed during the academic year beginning October, plus payment of fees/tuition and nonresident tuition (year one only), if applicable.
  • During the second, third, fourth and fifth year, the student’s academic program is obligated to provide funding at an equivalent level of support (e.g., TA, GSR, etc. funding).
  • Fellows will receive a $1,000 professional development stipend in July after their first year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Awardee must indicate an interest in an academic career in teaching and research.
  • Awardee must be admitted to a doctoral program at UCI.
  • Awardee may not have ever been or currently enrolled in a doctoral program at UCI.
  • Awardee must demonstrate high potential and promise.
  • Awardee must be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or AB540 eligible
  • Awardee needs to be interviewed by the admission committee.
  • Awardee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA.
  • Awardee must have a pending SIR at the time of nomination.
  • Awardee must meet the UC definition of diversity.

Contact

Award process is administered at the school and/or department level. If you would like to be considered for this award, contact the staff coordinator of the program in which you are interested.

Graduate Division Contact:  Questions can be directed to Mariela Menendez at fellowships@exchange.uci.edu

The Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship program is designed to supplement financial support packages of prospective doctoral and M.F.A. students who have received competitive offers from equivalent institutions.

Award Information

Each award will be up to $5,000 on top of their original award paid on September 1, 2023 contingent on fall enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Awardee must be an admitted doctoral or M.F.A. student.
  • Awardee must be a US citizen, Permanent Resident, AB540 eligible or an international student.
  • Awardee must have a pending SIR.
  • Awardee must be interviewed during the admissions process by the department in order to be considered for this fellowship. Method of interview can be in-person, by phone, or Skype, etc. Email correspondence is NOT acceptable.

Contact

Award process is administered at the school and/or department level

If you would like to be considered for this award, contact the staff coordinator of the program in which you are interested.

The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) is a one year fellowship for first year MFA and doctoral students that is designed to release recipients from employment or loan obligations that might delay progress in graduate study. It is designed to facilitate the academic career development of students who have experienced significant disadvantage in their prior educational experiences.

Award Information

  • In the first year, the Graduate Division will award fellowship support of a $30,000 stipend, distributed during the academic year beginning in October, plus fees and document fee. The department will provide a supplemental stipend of $7,000. The combined stipend award is $37,000.
  • In years 2-5, the department will supplement the award by:
    • Non resident tuition (if needed).
  • The department will guarantee the student’s funding for five years for a PhD and two to three years for a MFA, from TA/GSR funding etc.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Awardee must be admitted to a doctoral or MFA program at UCI.
  • Awardee must demonstrate high potential and promise.
  • Awardee must be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or AB540 eligible
  • Awardee needs to be interviewed by the admission committee.
  • Awardee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA.
  • Awardee must have a pending SIR.
  • Awardee must meet the UC definition of diversity.

Contact

Award process is administered at the school and/or department level

If you would like to be considered for this award, contact the staff coordinator of the program in which you are interested.

Graduate Division Contact:  Questions can be directed to Mariela Menendez at fellowships@exchange.uci.edu

Graduate Division will offer additional fellowship funds to support past summer program participants admitted to a doctoral or MFA program for fall admission. To be eligible, students must have participated in one of the following programs:

Award Information

  • $15,000 summer fellowship funds.
  • Cannot be used to replaced existing department support.
  • Funds will disbursed across three summers following their first year in $5,000 increments.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Awardee must be admitted to a doctoral or MFA program at UCI.
  • Awardee must be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or AB540 eligible
  • Awardee needs to be interviewed by the admission committee.
  • Awardee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA.
  • Awardee must have a pending SIR.

Contact

Graduate Division Contact:  Mariela Menendez at fellowships@exchange.uci.edu 

The UC-HBCU Fellowship is a multi-year fellowship for students who have participated in the UC-HBCU Initiative in the last five years. The funding package below is for Fall 2024 admitted students. 

Students are eligible for up to two years of fellowship support:

  • The student will need to be offered five years of support from the program initially. 
  • UC Office of the President will swap one year of department funding with fellowship support
    • Does include non-resident tuition for year 1
    • summer stipend highly encouraged; UCOP will match summer funding
  • The Graduate Division will fund one additional year with a $37,000 stipend plus tuition and fees during year 1.
  • Department will need to provide support for the additional three years.  

Once an eligible student has been admitted, departments should work contact Mariela Menendez at fellowships@exchange.uci.edu , on the funding package.

UCI Graduate Division will not discriminate on the basis of protected categories.