Graduate Division

Provost PhD Fellowship

Section 1


The Provost PhD Fellowship is intended to help recruit the best and brightest PhD students to UCI.  Provost PhD Fellowship nominations will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished faculty, and will be awarded on a rigorous, competitive basis.  Only the top 5% of admitted students are expected to receive this award.
Award Info
  • Each award will be $20,000 to top-off the program financial support offer and will be disbursed any time in increments of $5,000 per quarter after matriculation.


  • This fellowship does not require a competing offer.
  • Nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:
    • Have been admitted to a PhD program at UCI
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7
      • Overall undergraduate, and, if applicable, master's
      • Convert to 4.0 scale if degree awarded is from an International university
    • Have received a financial offer from the nominating program
    • Have not yet submitted a SIR
    • Exhibit potential for outstanding leadership in their discipline
    • Have demonstrated ability to be resilient in the face of challenges, while still attaining exceptional achievements
  • Nominee must be interviewed during the admissions process by the department in order to be considered for this fellowship. Method of interview can be in-person, by phone, or Skype, etc. Email correspondence is NOT acceptable.
  • Nominee must have been offered 5 years of funding from his or her program, or 4 if he or she already has a master's degree.
  • Nominee may be be a US citizen, Permanent Resident, AB 540 eligible or an International student.

Nomination & Submission Process

  • The nominating program must provide each of the following documents as part of the application for a Provost PhD Fellowship:
    • A complete Google nomination form, which includes:
      • Basic information
      • Interview confirmation
      • A proposed plan for disbursal of the $20,000 Fellowship to the student.  Funds may be disbursed at any time during the first five years of a student’s academic career, in increments of $5,000 per quarter.
        • NOTE: DRF/GDRF, Provost PhD and Nevin cannot be used in the same quarter
    • In addition to the complete Google nomination form, departments should upload a complete PDF packet directly to the Google nomination form, which includes:
      • A copy of the original admission and financial offer letter(s) from the nominator’s program.
      • A letter of support from the faculty nominator
      • A scanned copy of the student's application from slate
  • Scan the completed PDF packet and save file with "name of fellowship_last name of student_student ID". Example: Provost_Gillman_12345678"
  • Upload the complete PDF packets directly to the google nomination form. 

Information for Letter Writers

The program recommendation is one of the most important parts of the nomination packet. Here are the requirements when writing a letter of support for the Provost PhD Fellowship.

  • This needs to be written by a faculty member in the student’s department/program, who may be the proposed mentor (if available) and/or graduate advisor and/or program director.
  • Summarize previous contact that you have had with the student.
  • A brief narrative outlining what makes the student outstanding, including academic excellence and diverse life experience, and why the Fellowship may persuade the student to choose to attend UC Irvine.
  • The following points need to be discussed:
    • Describe the nominee’s research interests and relevant research experience.
    • Describe how the nominee shows potential for leadership in his/her discipline.
    • Describe the nominee’s interest in diversifying the program.  Discuss any diversity initiatives the nominee has participated in or led in the past.
    • Describe how the nominee has shown resilience in the face of challenges, while still making exceptional achievements. Be specific about examples.
    • Describe highlights from nominee’s academic record.

Contact Info


  • A standing faculty committee will review the applications and make award recommendations. The committee will convene for a total of three times beginning mid-February. The deadline for early consideration is February 11, 2019 at 7:00AM. The second deadline is February 24, 2019 at 7:00AM and the final deadline is March 11, 2019 at 7:00AM.