Matching Program 3.0

How It Works

The UCI Graduate Division will match dollar for dollar the endowment payout for five years on new endowments of $100,000 or more for Ph.D. and M.F.A. fellowships, and academic masters programs.


Can I choose the specific school that I would like to have the graduate fellowship endowment benefit?
Yes, funds from the matching program can be directed to funds established in any of the schools and receive the match

Can the donor contribute to an existing endowment?
This matching opportunity is intended to primarily be used as an incentive for gifts that establish new graduate fellowship endowments.

At UCI Graduate Division, we strive to:

  • Recruit the best students to UCI and provide them a high-quality experience and education.
  • Provide the graduate level educational resources students need before, during, and after their time at UCI.
  • Help our graduate scholars launch their careers, whether it be in academia, industry, entrepreneurship, non-profit, or government.

To make this possible we must excel in the following four areas:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Student Success & Wellness
  • Partnership with Industry

Impact Graduate Students Campus wide

  • Endowed interdisciplinary fellowships across schools
  • Summer fellowships and select writing fellowships

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Endowed support to promote diversification of the professoriate

Promote Student Success & Wellness

  • Endowed support of affordable housing supplements for graduate students
  • Support the Graduate Scholar Success Fund to help with emergency needs
  • This fund was set up to financially aid graduate students who experience unexpected hardships or tragedies. These can range from illness to transpiration need. Hardship can come in all shapes and sizes.
  • Seed Funding for Interdisciplinary Training Grants

Industry Partnership

Graduate Innovation Fellows

In collaboration with the UCI Graduate Division, UCI Beall Applied Innovation’s (BAI) Graduate Innovation Fellowship aims to create a culture which encourages, cultivates, supports, and rewards the creativity, innovation, translation, and commercialization of research at UCI for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The program offers co-curricular entrepreneurship training and hands-on experiences to help graduate students transform research ideas into successful business ventures.

For more information contact:
Valerie Amador, M.A., CFRE
Associate Vice Provost