Graduate Division

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship

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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 education who have a realistic expectation of degree completion during the 2018-2019 academic year.  The award will allow students to forgo their non-research related employment obligations to concentrate on completing their dissertation.

Students are required to include a listing of all extramural, departmental, and Graduate Division fellowships or other support the student has been or expects to be awarded (this includes pending applications), including year and amount in their Student Statement (GDDF Application)

Award Info

Quarterly awards (select up to three quarters): $6,000 stipend a quarter plus in-state tuition and fees (Fall, Winter or Spring) or a $5,000 stipend for Summer


  • Full-time Ph.D. /M.F.A students nearing the completion of their dissertation or thesis
  • Nominees must provide evidence in their application that the timeframe to file their dissertation 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

 NEW FOR 2018: Eligibility for the GDDF award has been opened to all PhD programs and MFA students completing a thesis.

Application Process

Schools are asked to set internal deadlines and collect the student applications accordingly.  Based on merit, schools will then forward nominations and rankings of the students to the Graduate Division by April 17, 2018 at 12pm. Nominations are limited to 5 per school/college.

  • Student Application Form (to be completed by the student):
    • Check with your department for internal application deadlines
    • Students fill out the fillable/savable Microsoft Word application form
    • Students must complete and submit the GDDF Student Application form as a Microsoft Word document via e-mail to their department
  • Students must also submit the following to their ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT:
    • Student Statement
      • Brief description of status of research and progress to date
      • Detailed plan & timeline for completion
      • Explanation of how fellowship will help complete work within timeframe
      • Description of past employment while a doctoral student
      • List of all funding/fellowships the student has received or is expected to receive, including year and amount
    • Current version of the student’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • UCI unofficial academic transcript
  • Department Nomination Form (to be completed by the department):
    • Complete a nomination form for each student the department is nominating via the fillable/savable Microsoft Word document from the Graduate Division website.
    • Print nomination forms and gather original signatures
    • Once forms are final with signatures, scan documents to a single PDF file for each nominee in this order:
      • GDDF Nomination Form (signed)
      • GDDF Student Application Form
      • Student Statement
      • Letter from the doctoral.thesis committee chair
      • Associate Dean rankings coversheet - letter must be signed by Associate Dean
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      • UCI unofficial academic transcript
    • Save this PDF file as “GDDF–Last Name–SID#.pdf”, e.g. "GDDF–Gilman–12345678.pdf"
    • Schools submit completed PDF files to

Contact Info

Claudia Campos
Diversity and Fellowship Coordinator
Graduate Division
Tel.: (949) 824-1281
Fax: (949) 824-9096


  • Call for Applications and Nominations Available: March 8, 2018
  • All  2018-2019 nomination materials must be received by the Graduate Division office no later than Tuesday, April 17th at 12pm. Please submit electronically to
  • Please note that Schools and Departments typically have earlier internal deadlines for fellowship submissions.
  • Incomplete nominations packets will not be reviewed. No exceptions to this deadline will be considered.


  • Students receiving this award are encouraged to file their dissertation/thesis during the 2018-2019 academic year and will be required to file their dissertation/thesis no later than the summer 2020 dissertation/thesis filing deadline. 
  • Department/Schools will be required to re-pay the awarded funds to the Graduate Division if the summer dissertation/thesis deadline is not met. 
  • Students holding this award cannot have concurrent employment as a TA/Associate/Reader/Tutor or GSR/GSAR.
  • GDDF fellows are no longer eligible for Graduate Division funding after the end of the fellowship period.
  • 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 AY 2018-2019 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.