Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship (I)

The UCI Graduate Division is pleased to announce a fellowship for students nearing completion of their dissertations/thesis. The Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship 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 2022-2023 academic year. The award will allow students to forgo their non-research related employment obligations to concentrate on completing their degree.


  • Call for nominations: Monday, February 7, 2022
  • Nomination Deadline: Check with your department for their internal deadline
  • Complete application due to Graduate Division Tuesday, March 22, 2022 @ 12 PM (Noon)


Award Info

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 provides a $5,000 stipend during summer 2022 for students nearing completion of their dissertation or thesis during the 2022-2023 academic year. Graduate Division will cover the cost of the stipend.


  • 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


  • GDDF fellows are required to file their dissertation during the 2022-2023 academic year and must file their degree no later than summer 2023.  
  • 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 including but not limited to TA/Associate/Reader/Tutor or GSR/GSAR/ positions during the summer fellowship term but may hold employment during the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.

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 Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 12pm. 

Nominations are limited to 3 per school for 2022-2023. At this time, College of Health Sciences are limited to 2 nominations per school/program.

Students should check with their academic program for internal deadlines and submit a complete GDDF application form as a Microsoft Word document via e-mail to their department. 

Students: complete and submit the GDDF 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
    • Combine all documents as “GDDFApp_Last Name_SID#.pdf”, e.g. “GDDFApp_Gilman_12345678.pdf”

NOTE: Please review the student application and nomination forms for all of the required documents.

Departments: complete the GDDF Department Nomination Form for each student the department is nominating.

Save the GDDF nomination form as a single PDF file named “GDDFNOM_Last Name_SID#.pdf”, e.g. “GDDFNOM_Gilman_12345678.pdf”

In addition, departments should complete the following:

  • Combine files to a single PDF file for each nominee in this order:

    • GDDF Department Nomination Form
    • GDDF Student Application Form
      • Student Statement
      • Letter of recommendation from the dissertation/thesis advisor 
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      • UCI unofficial academic transcript (Note: Winter 2022 grades will be reviewed by committee prior to providing funding)
    • Save this PDF file as “GDDF_Last Name_SID#.pdf”, e.g. “GDDF_Gilman_12345678.pdf”
    • Forward nomination packages to your school/college.
      How to create PDF Portfolio:

Schools/College: submit completed documentation for the top 3 for their school and top 2 for each school/program in Public Health in the College of Health Sciences to and include the following:

  • PDF nomination packet for each student the school/college is nominating


  • Call for nominations: Monday, February 7, 2022
  • Nomination Deadline: Check with your department for their internal deadline
  • Complete application due to Graduate Division Tuesday, March 22, 2022 by 12:00 PM (NOON)


Contact Info


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