Miguel Velez Scholarship (I)

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 and residents of a Latin American country. Preference is given to citizens of Colombia.

Call for nominations: October 19, 2021

Application Deadline: November 23, 2021

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe

Award Amount

This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $7,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award. Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.


  • 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 send to slepe1@uci.edu with the following:

  • Miguel Velez Scholarship Application Form – with all signatures
  • Statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair
  • Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
  • Statement of research, written for reviewers in other fields – approximately one page
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
  • Copy of passport page showing citizenship in a Latin American country. Residency will be verified via the student information system.