Graduate Division

Fletcher Jones Fellowship

Section 1


The Fletcher Jones Fellowship is a highly prestigious award, made available through funding from the Fletcher Jones Foundation. It is competitively awarded to an outstanding doctoral student who has advanced to candidacy and demonstrates financial need. The award of a one-year fellowship of approximately $21,436, to be used as a stipend, is intended to assist with doctoral degree completion. 

The call for nominations for this year's Fletcher Jones Fellowship competition at UCI can be found here (Inforfmaton for AY 19-20 will be available Spring 2019).

Additional information on the Fletcher Jones Foundation can be found here

Award Information and Criteria

Award totaling approximately $21,436

Since this award will be disbursed monthly throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, nominated students must not plan to graduate before the conclusion of Spring Quarter 2019. 

Nominations will be evaluated on the following:

  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Clarity of research explanation and other evidence of communication skills
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Academic achievement
  • Likelihood of timely degree completion (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.)


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 through Spring Quarter 2018
  • Has advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. (by August 31, 2018)
  • Is making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree
  • Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

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.

Application Process

Graduate students should consult with their program graduate affairs staff for submission instructions.

All individual student nominations must include the following:

  1. A completed UCI Fletcher Jones Fellowship Nomination Form.
  2. A completed Student Information Form, including the following:
    • 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.
  3. A current CV.
  4. Letters 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 student’s department chair or program advisor

The nomination package should be forwarded with the signature of the School or Program’s Associate Dean. A letter of recommendation from the Associate Dean is not required.

Contact Info

Questions should be directed to Celina Mojica, 949-824-5409.


The deadline for e-mail receipt of completed/signed nomination packages is 5pm on Friday, August 31st, 2018. Please note that Schools and Programs may have earlier internal submission deadlines.

Please Note

  • 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 2018-2019 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.
  • The awardee will not be permitted to serve as a Teaching Assistant during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • 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 the 2018-2019 academic year.

Current Fellow

Anna Penner

Anna Penner

UCI Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology


  • Sociology, University of California, Irvine, Ph.D., 2018 expected
  • Social Science-Demography and Social Analysis, University of California, Irvine, M.A., 2016
  • Sociology, University of California, Riverside, M.A., 2013
  • Anthropology, Biola University, B.A., 2008


Anna’s research examines outcomes of children who have a sibling with a disability. Twelve percent of children in the United States have a disability and almost twice as many children have a sibling with a disability. While a substantial body of work examines outcomes for individuals with disabilities, Anna’s research represents the one of the first nationally representative examinations of the longer-term consequences for children who have a sibling with a disability. Thus far she has found that there are educational and behavioral disadvantages among those who have a sibling with a disability, particularly among sisters. By investigating possible disadvantages faced by individuals who have a sibling with a disability, Anna hopes to highlight consequences of disability across the life course and illuminate a previously hidden cost of disability on society.


Anna was born and raised in Japan, in the only non-Japanese family in her town. In addition to growing up in Japan, Anna’s childhood was profoundly shaped by her brother Daniel, who has severe mental and physical disabilities. After finishing high school in Japan, she moved to the U.S. for college, where she majored in anthropology. Her undergraduate thesis examined the community supports available to families with a disability, through which she realized that siblings of those with disabilities are largely overlooked both in the research literature and in the support structures. This sparked an interest in examining the outcomes of individuals who have a sibling with a disability.

Throughout her graduate school career, Anna has volunteered with organizations supporting both individuals with special needs and their siblings. She has also given talks on supporting siblings, helping both parents and organizations understand that while advocating for their child with a disability is incredibly important, it is also essential that they also advocate for their other children. In her spare time, Anna enjoys frequenting her local farmers market, photography, and watching tennis.

Past Fellows

Fletcher Jones Fellows