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 $22,290, 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.

Additional information on the Fletcher Jones Foundation can be found here

Award Information and Criteria

Award totaling approximately $22,290.  

Since this award will be disbursed monthly throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, nominated students must not plan to graduate before the conclusion of Spring Quarter 2020. 

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 2019
  • Has advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. (by July 31, 2019)
  • 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 Turner Dahl, 949-824-0409


The deadline for e-mail receipt of completed/signed nomination packages is 5:00pm on Friday, August 30, 2019. 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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year.
  • In the event the nominee is seleted for this award, please plan accordingly and have a replacement to serve as a Teaching Assistant (if applicable).
  • 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 2019-2020 academic year.

Current Fellow

Ricardo Rocha

Ricardo Rocha

UCI Doctoral Student, Theatre and Drama

Claire Trevor School of the Arts



  • Theatre and Drama Ph.D., Latin American Studies Emphasis, University of California, Irvine, 2019 expected
  • Master of Arts in Foreign Language and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1998


Ricardo, whose advisor is Professor Daphne Lei, examines theatrical and representational origins of Latindad, or Latinness, in the United States. His dissertation is “Colonizing and Decolonizing Latinidad with American Theatre.” It traces how national performance foundations shape current American culture. He begins during the California Gold Rush, in the era of the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty (1848) ̶ the act that ended the Mexican American War and surrendered California and the Southwest to the United States. Ricardo’s archival research, historiography, and theorizations reveal how American iterations of wall building, “illegal” immigration, and the separation of families for migrants of Latin American descent are inaugurated performatively in nineteenth-century American theatre. Theatre contributed to the erroneous reasoning that forced land, resources, and even children from indigenous, native, and mestizo populations. To explore and investigate our remarkable, violent, colonial past with academic and artistic challenges to our histories generates progressive methodologies that allow us to reengineer our culture. One example is a multilingual American Theatre. Ricardo seeks to implement multilingual and Spanish-speaking pedagogical and artistic theatre training efforts at the university level. He aspires to continue to navigate new archival research, theoretical formations, and theatrical art that diversify literary and theatrical canons to encourage a pluralistic national identity that understands, involves, and challenges its communities.


Ph.D. candidate Ricardo Rocha is a Colombian American educator and scholar-artist. He began teaching  in a fifth-grade classroom. He continued at the junior high, high school and college levels, founded and chaired a Drama and Theatre Department at an inner-city Los Angeles school. An avid advocate for diversity, he directed the play ¿Diversiqué? as part of UCI’s Dramatic Transformations ̶ a DECADE funded project on graduate student diversity. In 2017, he directed UCI’s first Asian American mainstage production ̶ Philip Kan Gotanda’s I Dream of Chang and Eng. Together with the dramaturg and the cast, he adapted it bilingually (English & Mandarin Chinese). He’s also enjoyed working with Theatrewoks, UCI’s Asian American ensemble of theatre artists. Other directing credits include bilingual (Armenian & Eglish) adaptations of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Mariveux’s The Double Infidelity at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. His first original work, Props 38s, was produced at the Frida Kahlo Theatre in Los Angeles. Scholarly and practice interests included bilingual adaptations, Spanish-speaking theatre, transcultural and Latina/o American Theatre. He recently presented his article “Under Duress ̶ A Study of Latinidad in Nineteenth-Century American Theatre,” as an invited historiography panelist at the Mid-American Theatre Conference. He shares his life with his amazing spouse, Agustina, and their three inspiring children ̶ Rosalin (10), Ricardo (8), and Esmeralda (1).

Past Fellows

Fletcher Jones Fellows