Graduate Division

Funding

HOW TO FUND YOUR GRADUATE EDUCATION

Most Ph.D. students at UCI are supported by a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and faculty training grants. Because student funding is coordinated at the departmental level, be sure to ask your department about your options.

Master’s students are typically self-supported but may be eligible for these resources. Check with the individual department/program for Master’s degree funding opportunities.

The Graduate Division also offers an array of financial support resources, such as fellowship competitions open to incoming and current UCI students, and funding workshops and writing tutors available through the Graduate Resource Center.

For information on funding opportunities for international graduate students, read more here.

FELLOWSHIP TIMELINES

Click here for scroll down to access the associated nomination and application deadlines for various fellowship opportunities. Click here for a summary of funding eligibility for UCI graduate students who meet AB540 and/or DACA criteria.

UC Irvine strongly encourages all graduate students to apply for fellowships.  Fellowships vary in amount and are an important source of funding designed to help students meet their educational and living expenses. There are two types of fellowships: internal (i.e., offered by UCI Graduate Division or an academic department) and extramural (i.e., offered by an external organization or agency for study at UC Irvine).

Due to the competitive nature of the fellowship application process, it is essential to plan ahead.  It is important to allow enough time to identify fellowship opportunities and to prepare application materials. The application itself is an important component of academic and professional development. The process of articulating research will help students enhance their research and prepare their credentials for future endeavors.

For more information about funding opportunities and on-campus resources, please contact: grad@uci.edu

TYPES OF FELLOWSHIPS

  • Internal Fellowships are awards administered by UC Irvine Graduate Division.  These competitive awards provide stipends in varying amounts. Some Internal Fellowships require nominations from the student’s academic program.  In this case, students will need to be aware of departmental deadlines versus the deadline for Graduate Division.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her department/school for departmental deadlines. Please note that most of these awards have specific eligibility requirements.

  • Diversity Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified diversity students. Students do not apply for these fellowships directly, but are nominated for consideration by the home department.

  • Extramural Fellowships are merit-based support provided by external national, international or private foundations.  Many awards have competition due dates up to a year before the money is distributed for the following academic school year.

  • International Fellowships are extramural fellowships that provide support for the student to conduct research outside of the United States. For information on funding opportunities and resources for international graduate students studying at UCI, read more here

  • Recruitment fellowships are awards administered by the UC Irvine Graduate Division. Graduate programs nominate their top newly admitted students for these additional funds to help increase yield. These fellowships include multi-year diversity fellowships as well as top off awards to department financial offers.

List of Fellowships

Key

(I) Internal Fellowship
(D) Diversity Fellowship
(E) Extramural Fellowship
(Int) International Fellowship
(R) Recruitment Fellowships 

ARCS Scholar Awards (O)

ARCS Scholar Awards (O)

Overview: ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation, Inc. is a unique, nonprofit, national volunteer organization of women dedicated to providing scholarships to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete their degrees in science, medicine and engineering, thereby contributing to the worldwide advancement of science and technology.

Call for nominations: August 21, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline:
September 24, 2019

For more information contact: Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

Details

Award Info

$5,000 stipend per year for two years (second year contingent upon continued satisfactory academic progress).

Eligibility

Each school holds its own competition and makes the final selection of its scholars who meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Must have achieved a graduate level UC GPA of 3.5 or better through the Spring 2019 quarter.
  • Must have have completed at least two years of graduate study, with at least two years remaining before degree completion.
  • Must be making satisfactory progress toward their degree goal.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have identified their individual area of research interest and be willing to prepare a poster board of their research for display at the awards dinner.
  • Must have exhibited excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities during their academic program.

Application Process

Students should check with their schools for internal deadlines and procedures before submitting any materials.  Schools submit their selected scholar packets to Graduate Division by the deadline below, to include the following:

  • A completed ARCS Foundation Scholar Award Nomination form
  • A completed Student Biographical Profile with a 100-word student bio
  • A current CV
  • A statement by the awardee of no more than 2-3 pages in length, describing their research project, progress to date, and plan for completion
  • A confidential evaluation of the student by their faculty advisor (multiple letters are acceptable)
  • Letters from the program advisor, department chair, and associate dean

The selection process will include a personal interview; each student must be able and willing to speak articulately about their career goals and research.

Brython Davis Fellowship (I)

Brython Davis Fellowship (I)

Overview: The Brython Davis Fellowship provides financial support to students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, are U.S. citizens, and are the child of a service member or veteran of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Applications are available here.

Call for nominations: November 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline:
December 5, 2019

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu

Details

Award Amount
This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award. Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Eligibility
 · Students must be U.S. citizens pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible.
· Must be in good academic standing
· Must demonstrate financial need
· Must be the child of a regular member of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps

 

Application Process
Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and send to slepe1@uci.edu with the following:
· Brython Davis Fellowship Application Form - with all signatures
· Apply for FAFSA – attach a copy of confirmation
· Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
· Statement of research, written for reviewers in other fields – approximately one page
· Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
· Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
· Proof of eligibility – copy of parent’s current military I.D. or honorable discharge papers, and a copy of the student’s birth certificate. Retired or honorably discharged members qualify. Members of the Reserve or dishonorably discharged members do not.

Chancellor's Club Fellowship (I)

Chancellor's Club Fellowship (I)

Overview: Chancellor’s Club Fellowships recognize our most academically superior doctoral and MFA students — those who exhibit outstanding promise as scholars, researchers, and public leaders. Nominated students must be first-generation college students, with neither parent having received a four-year degree. Nominations are made by Associate Deans for scholars in their respective schools. For more information CLICK HERE.

Call for nominations: August 26, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline:
October 18, 2019

For more information contact: Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

Details

Award Info

Three Chancellor's Club Fellowship recipients will be awarded a six-month stipend to total $12,000 for the period of January 2020 through June 2020. More information about this fellowship may be found in the Chancellor's Club Fellowship Call for Nominations. Please note that tuition and fees are not included in these fellowships. The awardees' Schools are expected to cover tuition and fees during the award period.

Eligibility

All Schools are invited to nominate a maximum of two outstanding graduate students that meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Plan to complete their Ph.D. or MFA degree by the end of fall quarter 2020

  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7

  • If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy by October 18, 2019

  • Demonstrate financial need

  • Be willing to present their dissertation research at a Chancellor's Club dinner or other function

  • Exhibit excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities

  • Be a first-generation college student, with neither parent having received a four-year degree

Please note that AB540 eligible students may be nominated for this fellowship competition.

Application Process

All individual student nominations must consist of a single PDF file and contain the following scanned items in order:

  1. Completed Chancellor’s Club Fellowship Nomination Form.

  2. Completed Chancellor's Club Fellowship Student Information Form, including the financial need, student profile, and student research sections.

  3. The student's current curriculum vitae.

  4. A confidential letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor/mentor including the student's planned term of graduation and expressing the advisor's level of confidence in the student's ability to complete as planned.

Contact Info

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl, at tdahl@uci.edu or via phone, 949-824-0490

Deadline

  • All nomination materials must be received by the Graduate Division no later than Friday, October 18th at 12:00pm (noon). Schools should send a PDF of each nominee’s materials to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

  • Please note that Schools and Departments typically have earlier internal deadlines for fellowship submissions. Please contact your School or Department for details.

Stipulations

  • Students receiving this award are required to complete their degree by the end of Fall Quarter 2020. Award funds will be returned by the school to Graduate Division in the event that the student does not meet this requirement.

  • The student’s expected graduation date must be included in the faculty advisor's letter of recommendation.

  • 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 2019-2020 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.

  • Recipients of these awards may not be appointed as ASEs during the award period. They may be employed as GSRs. 

  • Please note that tuition and fees are not included in these fellowships. The awardees' Schools are expected to cover tuition and fees during the award period

Diversity Recruitment Fellowship (D)

Diversity Recruitment Fellowship (D)

Overview: The UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship program is designed to supplement financial support packages of admitted doctoral and M.F.A. diversity students.

Call for nominations: January 1, 2020
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
Until funds are exhausted

For more information contact: Long Nguyen at nguyen.long@uci.edu

Details

Award Info

Each award will be up to $5,000 to top-off their original award, and programs are encouraged to provide matching funds.

The award is paid in three monthly stipends during the Summer 2019 (Competitive Edge Participation Only), Fall 2019, Winter 2020 or Spring 2020 only.

DRF, Provost PhD and Nevin cannot be used in the same quarter

A student may not recieve both the DRF and GDRF

Eligibility

  • Nominee needs to be a US citizen, Permanent Resident or AB540 eligible.

  • Nominee needs to be eligible under the University of California definition of diversity.

  • Nominee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA

  • Nominee must have a pending SIR

  • 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.

Nomination Process

  • Complete and submit the DRF form outlining how the student would improve the quality and diversity of our student population and why you believe that this fellowship will help recruit the student.

  • In addition to DRF funding, admitted doctoral and M.F.A. students may be eligible for an additional $10,000 in funding (disbursed in $5,000 increments in year 1 and year 2) if they attended a MSI as an undergraduate. Please refer to the directory to determine institution eligibility: https://inclusion.uci.edu/msi/msi-directory/.

  • Optional: upload original admission and financial offer letter from nominating program.

DAAD Study Scholarships & Long-Term Research Grants (Int)

DAAD Study Scholarships & Long-Term Research Grants (Int)

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a registered members association made up of German institutions of higher education and student bodies.  DAAD provides young people with the opportunity to gain international academic and research experience in Germany.  Since it was founded in 1925, DAAD has provided funding to more than 1.9 million scholars in Germany and abroad.

Call for nominations: September, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline:
TBD

For more information contact: Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

Details

Study Scholarships (non-artistic fields)

Candidates who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate program completed in the home country.  APPLICANTS FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY/RESEARCH SHOULD APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT.  For more information, including complete eligibility and application requirements, and to access the online application, visit the DAAD website.

Application Deadlines for Study Scholarships (non-artistic fields):

  • UCI Internal Deadline: October 11, 2019.
  • DAAD Deadline: November 4, 2019.
    • The funding period is usually one academic year (October 1, 2020-July 31, 2021).  Extensions are not possible.

Long-Term Research Grants

Long-Term Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master's degree, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research.  For more information, including complete eligibility and application requirements, and to access the online application, visit the DAAD website.

Application Deadlines for Long-Term Research Grants:

  • UCI Internal Deadline: October 11, 2019.
  • DAAD Deadline: November 4, 2019.
    • Funding period begins October 1, 2020 and may range from seven to 10 months. Earlier start dates are not possible and grants are not renewable. There are no exceptions to the funding period.

Internal Application Procedures

Applicants should ask their reference to:

  • Fill out the reference form available on the DAAD portal.
  • Give them a hard-copy of the signed reference form in a sealed envelope.

Applicants submit to Graduate Division:

  • One (1) set of paper copies or a PDF file of their application summary which is generated from the online application portal. Applicants must first submit all required documents via the online portal in order to receive a PDF version of their application summary for submission for the pre-selection.
  • One (1) signed reference in a sealed envelope for the pre-selection. Note that the campus advisor is permitted to open the reference and will mail it to DAAD.

By the UCI internal deadline, submit:

  • Your sealed reference letter to Turner Dahl in Graduate Division, 120 Aldrich Hall.
  • Your paper copies or a PDF file of the application summary to Gina Anzivino in Graduate Division, 120 Aldrich Hall or via email to tdahl@uci.edu.

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (D)

Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship (D)

Overview: The Eugene Cota-Robles (ECR) Fellowship is the most prestigious diversity fellowship offered at UC Irvine.  This award is used to release recipients from employment or loan obligations that might delay progress in graduate study.  The fellowship is designed to place students interested in careers in academic teaching and research on a fast-track towards completing their doctoral degree, and to increase the number of qualified candidates for faculty positions within the University of California.  The Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship is named in honor of one of the earliest Mexican-American professors in the University of California System. For more info CLICK HERE

Call for nominations: January 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
Until funds are exhausted 

For more information contact: Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

Details

Funding Package

  • In the first and fourth year, Graduate Division will award fellowship support of a $25,000 stipend, distributed during the academic year, plus payment of fees/tuition and nonresident tuition (year one only), if applicable.

  • Graduate Division will award the second year of stipend and fee/tuition support during the student’s fourth year of study, only after the academic program has provided verification of satisfactory academic progress for each ECR fellow, and the student has fulfilled all obligations related to evaluation and participation in this diversity program.

  • During the second, third and fifth year, the student’s academic program is obligated to provide funding at an equivalent level of support (e.g., from TA/GSR funding).

  • The student's academic program will also provide support for four summers, at a minimum rate of $3,000 per summer.

  • The student's academic program will also provide a $5,000 stipend for summer 0 (Summer 2019) as well as the cost of UC SHIP for participation in the Competitive Edge summer program.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must indicate an interest in an academic career in teaching and research

  • Nominee must be admitted to a doctoral program at UCI

  • Nominee must demonstrate high potential and promise

  • Nominee must be a United States citizen,  permanent resident, or AB540 eligible

  • Nominee needs to be interviewed by the admission committee.

  • Nominee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA

  • Nominee must have a pending SIR
  • Nominee must have a strong Mentoring Plan
  • Nominee must meet the UC definition of diversity.

Nomination Process

  • Students are nominated for consideration by their academic program

  • Interested students should contact the program they are applying to and discuss interest in the fellowship.

  • The personal history statement on the UC Irvine Online Application for Graduate Admissions will be used to help determine eligibility for nomination and selection of final awardees.

Review Criteria

  • Nominees will be reviewed on the following criteria in order:

    • Meeting the UC definition of diversity
    • Interest in diversifying the program
    • Proven resilience in the face of challenges, while still making exceptional achievements
    • Likelihood to finish the degree program to which they were admitted

Nomination Process:

  1. Academic program must complete the ECR nomination form for each nominee

  2. Save nomination forms in Word as "Award name-SID#.doc" (NO SPACES): e.g.Print the nomination forms and gather original signatures for each form.

    • "ECR-12345678.doc"
  3. Scan documents to a single PDF file for each nominee once forms are final with signatures, in this order:

    • Nomination form
    • Print out of student's complete application from Slate 
      • GRE scores need to be blacked out
    • Mentoring plan
    • Program recomendation
  4. Save the new PDF  "Last-First-ECR.pdf": e.g.

    • "Fabrega-Daniel-ECR.pdf"
  5. When completed, send the following to fellowships@exchange.uci.edu

    • Original Word.doc nomination form 

    • Nomination  Packet (packet to include items listed above)

Nomination Deadline: February 19, 2019 12:00 PM

  • NOTE: Only programs can nominate students

Contact Information

Daniel Fabrega
Manager, Graduate Preparation and Recruitment
Graduate Division
Tel.: (949) 824-8730
Fax: (949) 824-9096

Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship (D)

Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship (D)

Overview: The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Fellowship is designed to increase the number of students who complete their Ph.D. degree and successfully acquire a faculty appointment:

  • Fellows are expected to participate in meaningful research during the fall quarter of their award year and develop an independent project for the winter and spring quarters of the award year
  • Fellows are prohibited from being employed above 24% time during the tenure of this fellowship
  • Fellowship award recipients will be required to participate in UCI’s tracking of programs to assess student progress and eventual job placement

Call for nominations: March 9, 2020
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
April 22, 2020 

For more information contact: Daniel Fabrega at dfabrega@uci.edu

Details

Award Information

  • One year of fellowship support paid directly by the Graduate Division, including a yearly stipend of $21,600 (paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1) and full resident tuition and fees
  • Graduate programs also provide a minimum 20% supplement to the fellowship ($4,320) 
  • $500 academic travel stipend
  • Non-resident tuition is NOT covered by this fellowship award

Eligibility

Nominees must be current UCI Ph.D. students who are in the pre-advancement stage of their program, and must not be at the dissertation stage during the tenure of the award.

  • Nominees must demonstrate high potential and promise
  • Nominees must indicate an interest in an academic career in teaching and research
  • Nominees must be United States citizens, permanent residents or AB540 status.
  • Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Students must enroll full-time in 12 units during each quarter of fellowship tenure

Nominees must qualify as a diversity student, as defined by the University of California and demonstrate experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as socioeconomic or educational limitations, the absence of a family member who attended college, matriculation in a school with poor financial or curricular support, having a physical or learning disability or working long hours while attending school.

 

Application Process

Students should check with their academic program for internal deadlines.
Students should complete the Application Form.
Students should e-mail the completed FMP application form to their academic program along with the following materials:

Students must submit the FMP Fellowship application form electronically to the department, along with the following:

    • A brief (2-4 page) Mentoring Plan that includes a schedule of training goals and activities for the 12-month time period
    • A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will serve as the mentor
    • Unofficial transcripts including most recent winter quarter grades
    • Student curriculum vitae (CV)
    • A detailed listing of all funding support received by student
  • Save FMP Fellowship application forms as “FMP APP– SID# (FMP APP-12345678)
  • Check your department’s deadlines

Departments: complete the FMP Nomination Form for each student the department is nominating. Don’t forget the following items:

  • Check the appropriate citizenship or residency box
  • Minimum 20% ($4,320) matching funds during fellowship year
  • Rationale for nominating the student
  • Save nomination form as “FMP NOM–SID#(FMP NOM-12345678)
  • Print nomination form and gather original signatures for each form (no signatures on behalf of signee will be accepted)
  • Scan all documents in PDF format for students being nominated in the following order:
    • FMP nomination form (signed)
    • FMP application Form
    • Mentoring Plan including a schedule of training goals/activities (2-4 page document)
    • Faculty Mentor letter of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Student’s curriculum vitae
    • Detailed listing of all funding/support
  • Save this new PDF file as “FMP – SID#.pdf” (FMP-12345678)
  • Forward nomination packages to your school.college for ranking, cover letter and signature.

 Schools/College: submit completed documentation for the top two school/college nominees to fellowships@exchange.uci.edu  and include the following:

  • Cover Letter from Associate Dean with rationale for the top two andidates
  • Letter must be signed by Associate Dean (no stamps or signatures on behalf)
  • Original Word (.doc or .docm) FMP nomination Form for each student the school is nominating
  • Original Word (.doc or .docx) FMP application Form for each student the school is nominating
  • Scanned PDF nomination packet for each student the school is nominating

Contact Info

Daniel Fabrega

Graduate Division
Tel.: (949) 824-8730
Fax: (949) 824-9096

Notes

Nominations will be based on the student’s merit and his/her contribution to the diversity of their discipline/graduate program. In accordance with state law, nominees to state-funded programs are not given preferential treatment on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or national origin.

Fulbright Fellowship (Int)

Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship (Int)

Overview: 

IMPORTANT NOTE: When selecting "US Institution Through Which Applying," be sure to select "UC Irvine Graduate School." If you select "UC Irvine," rather than "UC Irvine Graduate School," your application will be routed to the undergraduate fellowships office and will be delayed in reaching our reviewers. 
  • Operates in approximately 140 countries worldwide.
  • Awards grants in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the humanities, sciences, professional fields, and creative and performing arts.
  • Allows for individually designed study/research or an English Teaching Assistantship. You can propose a project and/or study plan that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.
  • Provides support for study/research/teaching abroad, usually in a single country (see Country Summaries http://us.fulbrightonline.org/program_regions_world.html). You can meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
  • Facilitates cultural exchange. Through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks, you can gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.
  • Promotes mutual understanding. Through engagement in the community, you can interact with your hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Call for nominations: TBD
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
TBD

For more information contact: Kayleigh Anderson at kayleiga@uci.edu

Details

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The Fulbright Program receives its primary source of funding through an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries, and in the United States, also contribute financially through cost-sharing and indirect support. The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students is coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM GRANT?

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Master's and doctoral candidates who will demonstrate capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.

Note: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has a preference for candidates who have not had recent extensive experience abroad (excluding recent undergraduate study abroad), especially in the country of application.

For full information on award eligibility, please visit: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/eligibility.

DURATION OF FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM GRANTS

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the Country Summaries for specifics.

In general, grants for 2020-2021:

  • Are one academic year in length—between 9 and 12 months.
  • Correspond to the host country's academic calendar.

Requirements for attendance at orientation programs, in the U.S. and/or overseas, are also contained in the Country Summaries.

TYPES OF FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM GRANTS

U.S. Student Fulbright Grants fall into three general categories:

  1. Full Grants for Study/ Research
  2. Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)
  3. Special Programs: Additional awards are available in language study and digital storytelling. For more information, visit the Types of Grants page.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Fulbright website provides explanations of the components of applications as well as application checklists.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is the role of the UCI Fulbright Program Advisor? The Advisor answers questions regarding the administrative details of the Fulbright Award including the application process. The Advisor is also the person to whom you will submit your final application and required materials. The Advisor organizes and co-chairs the Campus Review Committee.
  • How do I apply? Students must apply online at https://apply.iie.org/apply/. Once you hit the submit button, the UCI Fulbright Program Advisor will be able to view your application. Only your UCI Fulbright Program Advisor can submit your application to IIE.
  • How do I make sure my proposal is feasible? There are several things to keep in mind when determining an appropriate Fulbright proposal:
    • Is your proposal sufficiently defined to allow you to carry out your project within the given time frame and resources available?
    • Do you possess the necessary skills and experience?
    • Will you have access to relevant resources overseas?
    • Do you possess the language skills necessary to carry out the project?
    • Is your proposal relevant to the discipline?
    • Have you clearly expressed the outcome of your proposal (what do you expect to gain, contribute to the field, host country, or U.S.)?
    • Is it necessary for you to carry out your proposal only in the host country, or are sufficient resources available in the U.S.?
    • Is your proposal unique, or is it something that has already been investigated many times?
  • Do I need a formal affiliation even if I'm not planning to enroll in university classes? Yes, all students need to be affiliated with an educational or research institute, ministry, or other organization in the host country.
  • How do I set up my overseas affiliation and mentor? In many countries it is up to you to find a mentor and/or a university or institution with which you would like to be affiliated. Even in those countries where affiliation is arranged for you, in most cases your application will only be strengthened by any steps that you take to affiliate yourself. Setting up an affiliation generally means finding a university where you will be able to take classes (usually as a special status non-degree seeking student) and/or use the library and other facilities. Note that in some countries you are required to gain formal university acceptance. In these cases it is up to the applicant to obtain application materials and follow the procedures of the host university.

    Finding a mentor entails identifying a professor(s) in the host country who will be willing to support your research and will write a letter to that effect. Formal letters are recommended. The mentor letter is in addition to the three letters of recommendation which are required as part of the application. Your professors may be able to help you establish overseas contacts. When contacting potential mentors, you should explain that you are a Fulbright applicant and should provide a detailed description of your study/research proposal. You must also outline the type of support that you are requesting (e.g., access to libraries, professors, office space, equipment, etc.). It is very important to begin identifying both your affiliation and mentor at least three months in advance of the application deadline.

    Your affiliation and mentor letters may or may not be one in the same. You may have up to three affiliations. If your affiliation/support letters are in a language other than English, you MUST attach an English language translation to the original.
  • Can I apply for a grant in more than one country? Some regions accept multi-country proposals. Multi-country grants require a strong rationale. Approval from each country is required, and scholars must have affiliations in all countries. Typically, a minimum of 3 consecutive months is required in each country visited.
  • If the UCI Campus Review Committee does not endorse my application, will it be forwarded to IIE for further consideration? Yes, the Campus Review Committee forwards all applications to IIE along with the committee's comments.
  • Can I have access to my campus rating? No, these ratings are confidential records and cannot be released.
  • Will a Fulbright award allow me to obtain a degree overseas? Can I apply overseas credits earned towards a U.S. degree program upon my return? No, in the vast majority of cases. Grantees generally take courses on a not-for-credit, non-degree seeking basis. See individual country summaries for exceptions. It is the sole responsibility of the individual to arrange for the transfer of credit to UCI. Applicants should note that most overseas universities do not operate on the U.S. credit system.
  • If I am awarded a grant may I defer it to another time? No, grants may not be deferred. Grants may only be used for the particular academic year they are awarded.
  • Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation? No, a maximum of three recommendation letters should be submitted. However, you may wish to solicit more letters to avoid last minute submission. Letters of support from the host country may be submitted in addition to the three, but should be limited to those individuals or institutions with which you will actually be working.
  • I am a native speaker of the language of the country to which I am applying. Do I need to submit the foreign language report form? Yes. This form must be completed for native speakers as well as for anyone who is proposing to study or do research in a language other than English.
  • While I am doing research or studying abroad on a Fulbright Grant, do I need to register (enroll in units and pay fees)? Yes, you will need to submit an In Absentia petition, enroll in research units, and pay In Absentia fees.
  • While I am teaching abroad on a Fulbright ETA Grant, do I need to register (enroll in units and pay fees)? We recommend petitioning for a Leave of Absence.

AY 2019-2020 APPLICATION CALENDAR (FOR AY 2020-2021 FULBRIGHT GRANTS)

 DATE

 CALENDAR DETAILS

April 1, 2019

  • Fulbright Program application for U.S. Students, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, officially opens.

June 2019

  • Carefully review the Fulbright Program website for all details of the application and award process.
  • Discuss ideas for a Fulbright project with both your faculty mentor and other faculty who have knowledge of you and your work

July 2019

  • Notify the UCI Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, of your intent to apply to the Fulbright Program.
  • Work on application, obtaining references, letters of affiliation, etc.

August 2019

  • Keep in close contact with the UCI Fulbright Program Advisor.
  • Ensure that all aspects of your application are in progress (and almost complete). 
  • Language assessment will need to be conducted separately by completing the Foreign Language Evaluation Form (if required).

September 8, 2019

(Submit by Sunday 9/8/19 at 11:59pm)

This is a firm internal deadline. Applications will only be accepted and submitted for review if all materials are turned in by this date.

Completed electronic application with all uploaded supporting documents must be submitted online by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

September 26 and 30, 2019

Interview Dates

  • Interviews are conducted on-campus by a faculty committee.
  • Language assessment will need to be conducted separately by completing the “Foreign Language Evaluation” Form (if required) prior to the interview.

October 3, 2019 at 5pm

THIS IS A FIRM INTERNAL DEADLINE FOR FINAL APPLICATION SUBMISSION.

The UCI Fulbright Program Advisor submits all applications to the Institute of International Education (IIE) via the Embark system by the national deadline of October 8, 2019 at 5:00pm EST. For this purpose, all students must submit their applications and all supplementary materials by 5:00pm PST on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

FULBRIGHT PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Kayleigh Anderson, Ph.D.
UCI Fulbright Program Advisor
949-824-5196
kayleiga@uci.edu

UCI BEST PRACTICES

Statement of Grant Purpose:

  • Thoroughly study the information on the Fulbright US Student Program website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/. Each country differs in the specifics of awards, so be sure to read the web page for the country or countries to which you plan to apply.
  • The statement of grant purpose is a two-page document that outlines the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of what you are proposing for your Fulbright year.
  • Developing a strong, feasible, and compelling project is the most important aspect of a successful application.
  • Write a clear, concise, strong introductory paragraph that will capture the readers’ attention.
  • The proposal should indicate a clear commitment to the host country and a description of how you will engage with it on multiple levels.
  • Describe the preliminary research you have done and the methods you will use to carry out your project.
  • Provide a timeline for your activities, and make sure it is feasible to carry out your project during this timeline.
  • Clearly show the relevance of your work for your research area and for the involved communities.
  • State how the research is original and where it fits as part of a larger project, if applicable.
  • Clearly state why the research must be carried out in the host country.
  • Your readers will be highly educated, but not experts in your field. Avoid jargon and make sure that an educated general reader will be able to understand your proposal.
  • Format: single-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins

Personal Statement:

  • This is written as a narrative one-page CV, and is designed to give the reviewers a picture of you as an individual. This should discuss your personal history, family background, intellectual development, and the impact of educational, professional, or cultural opportunities to which you have or have not been exposed and how your personal and academic experiences have led to your proposed project.
  • Include any volunteer work and personal activities related to the project and showcase your leadership and communication skills.
  • Describe the ways in which you will act as a cultural ambassador to your host country.
    • How will you interact with the people?
    • What activities do you have planned to support interaction outside of the laboratory or library?
    • When possible, relate planned activities to activities you have engaged in before, such as volunteer work, community outreach, etc.
  • This should not be a reiteration of facts already listed in the Biographical Data section of the application or the Statement of Grant Purpose.
  • Format: single-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins

Letters of Affiliation:

  • These should be on institutional or company letterhead and signed by an official. Multiple affiliations are acceptable, but keep these to a maximum of three.
  • If in a foreign language, letters of affiliation should be translated by the applicant. The original letter and English translation should be scanned into a single PDF for uploading.
  • It can take several months to get these letters, so start EARLY by providing a copy of your Statement of Grant Purpose and CV.
  • Good letters of affiliation enhance an application by demonstrating that you have actively sought an institutional connection or connections in the host country.
  • Some countries recommend affiliation with a local university.

Letters of Reference:

  • You must submit three letters of reference. The authors should be the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to carry out the project being proposed. They should discuss your intellectual and personal preparation, and your ability to represent the U.S. abroad.
  • You must register each referee online using a valid email address.
  • Letters must be on official institutional letterhead with the electronic signature of the referee.
  • Ask early and set an early deadline (August 15th is suggested.)
  • You will want to provide your referees with a draft of your Statement of Grant Purpose and CV, as the reference letter should NOT simply be a character reference, since this will be of no value in assessing your ability to successfully complete your Fulbright research.
  • You will also want to ask your referees for feedback on your proposal. Faculty referees have had experience writing such applications and they are an invaluable resource as you put together your application.
  • Letters of reference must be written in English. If the original reference letter is written in a language other than English, there must be an official English translation. As letters are confidential, the translation cannot be done by the applicant. Both the original letter and English translation must be uploaded as part of the application.
  • NOTE: If one of your recommenders will also be providing your language evaluation, please note that they will need to register in the Embark application system using two different email addresses.

Foreign Language Report(s):

  • The foreign language evaluation should be carried out and submitted by a language professor or other faculty at an accredited institution.
  • For most Fulbright scholars, proficiency must be at the “hospitality” level (basic conversational skills). For scholars that will conduct interviews as part of their research, it is preferred that language proficiency be at the “near-native” level.
  • If your project requires that you read texts in ancient languages, document your proficiency.
  • You can include plans to increase your language proficiency through classes or other means before your Fulbright tenure begins.
  • NOTE: If one of your recommenders will also be providing your language evaluation, please note that they will need to register in the Embark application system using two different email addresses.

Unofficial Transcripts:

  • Obtain unofficial transcripts from the institutions at which you have studied.
  • Upload transcripts online.
  • Official transcripts will be requested later in the process if you are recommended for further consideration.

On-Campus Interview:

  • Interviews will be held on September 27 and October 1, 2018 by a faculty committee.
  • Please dress professionally and come prepared to briefly and concretely describe your research project.
  • Please take notes or record the interview so that you can use the feedback to improve your application before the final submission.

FULBRIGHT U.S. SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers 15 postdoctoral awards, as well as nearly 300 awards that are open to a range of scholar profiles, including early career scholars. These awards are open to American citizens who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the five previous years. To learn more, visit https://www.cies.org/program/postdoc.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (Int)

Overview: The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program is a separate and distinct program from the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Program. This program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, and it provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

Call for nominations: TBD
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
TBD

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu

Details

 

Eligibility

A student is eligible to receive a Fulbright-Hays award if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution.
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation.
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Award Info

Expenses covered by the award:

  • Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research.
  • Maintenance and dependent(s) allowances based on the cost of living in country or countries of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s).
  • Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses.
  • Health and accident insurance premiums.
  • An administrative fee of $100 to applicant institution.

Terms and Conditions

A Fulbright-Hays fellow shall:

  • Maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of his or her research.
  • Devote full time to research on the approved topic.
  • Not engage in any gainful employment during the fellowship period.
  • Remain a student in good standing at his or her institution.
  • Register In-Absentia while doing their research abroad.

Application Process

Institutions of higher education in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Students must apply through their institutions. Proposals should be prepared in the electronic format available through the Department of Education website. Applications must be submitted electronically using the Department's G5 system.

Gordon Hein Scholarship (I)

Gordon Hein Scholarship (I)

Overview
The Gordon Hein Scholarship provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, and are blind or legally blind. Certification by the Disability Services Center is required.

Call for nominations: November 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
December 5, 2019

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu

Award Amount
This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $4,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award. Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Eligibility
· Students must be pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible.
· Must be in good academic standing
· Must demonstrate financial need
· Must be blind or legally blind APPLICATION PROCESS Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and send to ganzivin@uci.edu with the following:
· Gordon Hein Scholarship Application Form - with all signatures
· U.S. citizens apply for FAFSA – attach a copy of confirmation. International students - statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair.
· Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
· Statement of research, written for reviewers in other fields – approximately one page
· Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
· Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
· Certification (signature on form) from Disability Services Center

Graduate Dean's Recruitment Fellowship (I)

Graduate Dean's Recruitment Fellowship (I)

Overview
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 2019-2020 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)

Call for nominations: January 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
until funds are exhausted

For more information contact: Long Nguyen at nguyen.long.@uci.edu

Details

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

Qualifications

  • 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

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 22, 2019 at 12pm. Nominations are limited to 5 per school/college.

Students should check with their academic program for internal deadlines
Students should complete the GDDF application form
Students must complete and submit the GDDF student application form as a Microsoft Word document via e-mail to their department

Students: complete and submit the GDDF application form electronically to their academic department, along with the following:

  • Student Statement (3-5 pages)
    • 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 during graduate school, including year and amount

In addition, students should include the following supplemental documents with their complete application: 

    • Current version of the student’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • UCI unofficial academic transcript
  • Save the GDDF Fellowship application form  as “GDDF–App-Last Name–SID#.doc”, e.g. "GDDF–App-Gilman–12345678.doc"
  • Confirm internal deadlines with your academic department 

Departments: complete the GDDF nomination form for each student the department is nominating. Save the GDDF nomination form as “GDDF_Last Name_SID#.doc”, e.g. "GDDF–App_Gilman_12345678.doc"In addition, departments should complete the following:

  • 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:
  • Save this PDF file as “GDDF–Last Name–SID#.pdf”, e.g. "GDDF–Gilman–12345678.pdf"
  • Forward nomination packages to your school/college for ranking, cover letter and signature

Schools/College: submit completed documentation for the top five school/college nominees to fellowships@exchange.uci.edu and include the following:

  • Signed cover Letter from Associate Dean with rationale for the top five candidates (no stamps or signatures on behalf)
  • Original Word (.doc or .docm) GDDF department nomination form for each student the school is nominating
  • Original Word (.doc or .docx) GDDF student application form for each student the school is nominating
  • Scanned PDF nomination packet for each student the school/college is nominating

Contact Info

Claudia Campos
Diversity and Fellowship Coordinator
Graduate Division
Tel.: (949) 824-1281
Fax: (949) 824-9096
E-Mail: Fellowships@exchange.uci.edu

Deadline

  • Call for Applications and Nominations Available: Monday, March 4, 2019
  • All  2019-2020 nomination materials must be received by the Graduate Division office no later than Monday, April 22nd at 12pm. Please submit electronically to fellowships@exchange.uci.edu
  • 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.

Stipulations

  • Students receiving this award are encouraged to file their dissertation/thesis during the 2019-2020 academic year and will be required to file their dissertation/thesis no later than the summer 2021 dissertation/thesis filing deadline. 
  • Department/Schools/Colleges 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 2019-2020 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (D)

Graduate Dean's Recruitment Fellowship (D)

Overview
The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) is a multi-year, multi-summer fellowship award, including four summers of support (the first, pre-entry summer requires participation in our Competitive Edge program), as well as five years of guaranteed departmental support (e.g., from TA/GSR funding).  This award is used to provide support for first year doctoral students who contribute to the diversity of the institution, and is intended to release recipients from employment or loan payment obligations that might delay progress in graduate study.  It is designed to facilitate the academic career development of students who have experienced significant disadvantage in their prior educational experiences.

Call for nominations: January 1, 2020
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
February 24, 2020

For more information contact: Daniel Fabrega at dfabrega@uci.edu

Details

PhD Students Funding Package

  • Students receive $5,000 from Graduate Division in the summer prior to entry, and participate in the Competitive Edge summer pre-entry program.
  • The student's program provides five years of support (e.g., from Block/TA/GSR funding), plus $3,000 of summer support after year one.
  • The Graduate Division provides $3,000 summer stipends during the summers after years two, three and four.

MFA Students Overview

The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) is a multi-year fellowship award.  This award is used to provide support for first year MFA students who contribute to the diversity of the institution, and is intended to release recipients from employment or loan payment obligations that might delay progress in graduate study.  It is designed to facilitate the academic career development of students who have experienced significant disadvantage in their prior educational experiences.

MFA Students Funding Package

  • In the first year, Graduate Division will award fellowship support of an $21,600 stipend, distributed during the academic year, plus payment of fees/tuition and document fee.
  • The department will supplement the award at a minimum of 20% ($4,320) and non resdient tuiton (if needed).
  • The department will guarantee the student’s funding for year two and three (if a three year program) from TA/GSR funding etc.

Eligibility (for both PhD and MFA students)

  • Nominee must be admitted to a doctoral or MFA program at UCI.
  • Nominee must demonstrate high potential and promise
  • Nominee must be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or AB540 eligible
  • Nominee needs to be interviewed by the admission committee.
  • Nominee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA
  • Nominee must have a pending SIR
  • Nominee must meet the UC definition of diversity.

Nomination Process

  1. Academic program must complete the GOFPHD or GOFMFA nomination form for each nominee.

  2. Save nomination forms in Word as "Award name-SID#.doc": e.g.Print the nomination forms and gather original signatures for each form.

    • "GOF-12345678.doc"
  3. Scan documents to a single PDF file for each nominee once forms are final with signatures, in this order:

    • Nomination form: GOF PhD GOF MFA 
    • Print out of student's application from Slate
      • GRE scores need to be blacked out
    • Mentoring Plan
    • Program recomendation
  4. Save the new PDF file as , "Last-First-GOF.pdf": e.g."Menendez-Mariela-GOF.pdf"

  5. When completed, send the following to fellowships@exchange.uci.edu

    • Original Word.doc nomination form
    • Nomination Packet (packet to include items listed above)

Nomination Deadline: February 25, 2019 12:00 PM

Review Criteria

  • Nominees will be reviewed on the following criteria in order:

    • Meeting the UC definition of diversity
    • Interest in diversifying the program
    • Proven resilience in the face of challenges, while still making exceptional achievements
    • Likelihood to finish the degree program to which they were admitted

Contact Information

Daniel Fabrega
Manager, Graduate Preparation and Recruitment
Graduate Division
Tel.: (949) 824-8730
Fax: (949) 824-9096

Deadline

  • Nomination Deadline: February 25, 2019 12:00 PM
  • NOTE: Only programs can nominate students

James Harvey Scholar (I)

James Harvey Scholar (I)

Overview
The James Harvey Scholar award provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, and are completing a publishable thesis or dissertation on homosexuality or the life or works of James Harvey.

Call for nominations: November 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
December 5, 2019

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu

Details

Award Amount
This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $1,500 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award. Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Eligibility
· Students must be pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible.
· Must be in good academic standing
· Must demonstrate financial need
· Must have advanced to candidacy and be in their final year of study
· Must be writing a thesis or dissertation on homosexuality or the life or works of James Harvey. Priority will be given to students researching male homosexuality.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and send to ganzivin@uci.edu with the following
· James Harvey Scholar Application Form - with all signatures
· U.S. citizens apply for FAFSA – attach a copy of confirmation. International students - statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair.
· Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
· Statement of research, written for reviewers in other fields – approximately one page
· Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
· Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter

La Verne Noyes Fellowship (I)

La Verne Noyes Fellowship (I)

Overview
The La Verne Noyes Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, are U.S. citizens, and are descendants of World War I U.S. Army or Navy veterans.

Call for nominations: November 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
December 5, 2019

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu

Details

Award Amount

This award provides a stipend of $3,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award.

Eligibility
· Students must be U.S. citizens pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible.
· Must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.
· Must be the direct descendant of a World War I U.S. Navy or Army veteran. Note that the veteran must have served for at least four months between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918. Priority will be given to descendants of those killed in action.

Application Process
Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and send to slepe1@uci.edu with the following:
· La Verne Noyes Fellowship Application Form - with all signatures
· Apply for FAFSA – attach a copy of confirmation
· Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
· Statement of research, written for reviewers in other fields – approximately one page
· Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
· Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter
· Copy of birth certificate and family tree showing the relationship to the WWI veteran with qualifying service
· Copy of the veteran’s active duty or honorable discharge document, or other documentation showing qualifying service for at least four months between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918, including documentation that the relative died in combat (if applicable).

Miguel Velez Scholarship (I)

Miguel Velez Scholarship (I)

OVERVIEW 
The Miguel Velez Scholarship provides financial support to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, have financial need, and are citizens and residents of a Latin American country. Preference is given to citizens of Colombia.

Call for nominations: November 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
December 5, 2019

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu

Details

AWARD AMOUNT

This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award. Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

ELIGIBILITY
· Students must be citizens of a Latin American country and pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible. 
· Must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need. 
· Students who are citizens of Colombia or who can prove descent from the donor, Miguel Velez, will be given preference. 
· Students from a Latin American country who have AB 540 status are also eligible to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS 
Complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Graduate Associate Dean in your school and send to slepe1@uci.edu with the following: 
· Miguel Velez Scholarship Application Form - with all signatures 
· Statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair 
· Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair 
· Statement of research, written for reviewers in other fields – approximately one page 
· Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
· Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter 
· Copy of passport page showing citizenship in a Latin American country. Residency will be verified via the student information system. DEADLINE 12 p.m. (noon), November 16, 2018

National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program (E)

National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program (E)

OVERVIEW 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers fellowships to students in the early stages of pursuing a research based Master's or Ph.D. degree. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) affords our nation's research leaders of tomorrow exceptional funding with three years of graduate support worth thousands of dollars.

Call for nominations: TBD
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
TBD

For more information contact: Kayleigh Anderson at kayeiga@uci.edu

Details

AWARD INFO

GRFP Fellows Receive the Following:

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible to apply for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident alien; and
  • Are a graduating senior, or have completed a B.A./B.S. degree, or are in the first year or the first semester of the second year in graduate school at the time of the application deadline; and
  • Did not previously apply to NSF GRFP as a graduate student*; and
  • Are pursuing a research-based master's or doctoral degree in GRFP-supported disciplines, including: chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematics, physics and anatomy, psychology, social sciences and STEM education.
  • Applicants who have completed more than twelve months of graduate study may be considered eligible if they have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to August of the year they are applying. To be eligible, applicants must not have attended graduate school for two years prior to August 1 of the year applying. Applicants also cannot be entering a graduate program in the fall of the year they are applying to the NSF GRFP. A statement describing the extenuating circumstance is required in the application.

*Note: Beginning in the 2017 cycle, graduate students only have one opportunity to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS

NSF GRFP Proposals are evaluated on two merit review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts

Intellectual Merit

  • Ability to plan and conduct research
  • Excellence when working both independently and on a team
  • Aptitude in interpreting and communicating research findings

 Broader Impacts – Activities and projects that:

  • Integrate research and education
  • Communicate your methodology and findings to a diverse audience
  • Encourage diversity and enable full participation
  • Enhance global scientific and technical understanding
  • Benefit society

CONTACT INFO

For more information about the NSF GRFP and resources available for UCI applicants, please contact:

Kayleigh Anderson-Natale
Postdoctoral and Professional Development Manager
949-824-5196

RESOURCES AT UC IRVINE

Take advantage of the various on-campus resources to assist you as you prepare, write and improve the caliber of your fellowship application. Funding workshops provide students with an overview of the NSF GRFP, writing tips on the application essays, and tips from fellow students and faculty reviewers.  Writing consultants at the Graduate Resource Center assist students in polishing their writing by providing comments and suggestions on grammar and clarity. Some Schools and/or graduate programs provide resources to students applying for the NSF GRFP.

Graduate Division and GRC Resources:

  • Summer and Fall quarter workshops at the GRC.
  • Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale holds fellowship advising hours every week at the GRC. She is available to discuss application questions and provide feedback on fellowship applications. Schedule an appointment by calling 949-824-3849 or email (grc@uci.edu).
  • IDr. Celina Mojica is also available to discuss application questions and provide feedback on applications. Please email to schedule an appointment.
  • Writing Consultants at the GRC
    • Due to high demand, students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment online.
  • Fellowship Application SamplesStudents may view successful NSF GRFP applications at the GRC.

The GRC is located at 3100 Gateway Student Center. Click here for a map and directions from Ring Road.

RESOURCES AND LINKS

Nevin Graduate Endowment (I)

Nevin Graduate Endowment (I)

OVERVIEW 
The Nevin Graduate Endowment fellowship program is designed to facilitate the recruitment of the best and brightest Ph.D. and M.F.A. students to UC Irvine. The fellowship supplements and enhances financial support packages, and is open to students in all disciplines except for those that do research on animals.

Call for nominations: January 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
until funds are exhausted

For more information contact: Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

Otto W. Shaler Scholarship (I)

Otto W. Shaler Scholarship (I)

Overview
The Otto W. Shaler Scholarship provides financial support to international graduate students who have financial need, and who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise. Each school may submit no more than two applications for this award.

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu

Call for nominations: November 1, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline: 
December 5, 2019

Award Amount
This award provides a stipend of $3,000 during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award. Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included.

Eligibility
· International students pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible. 
· Must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

APPLICATION PROCESS 
Students submit the application materials below to their school representative. Students should check with their school representative for internal deadlines.

  • · Otto W. Shaler Scholarship Application Form - with all signatures
    · Statement of financial need from faculty advisor or department chair 
    · Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair 
    · Statement of research, written for reviewers in other fields – approximately one page 
    · Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
    · Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter 
    · Copy of passport page showing country of citizenship. Residency will be verified via the student information system.

Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarships (I)

Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarships (I)

Overview
Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association International Scholarships are for foreign students engaged in their final year of graduate study. Visit the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association website for more detailed information about the program.

For more information contact: Sonia Lepe at slepe1@uci.edu

Call for nominations: TBD
Application/Nomination Deadline:
TBD

Award Info

Two scholarships will be awarded per academic institution, each in the amount of $2,000.

Eligibility

  • Candidates should be in their final year of study during the 2019-20 academic year. Evidence of registration for Fall 2019 is required before checks to awardees can be distributed. Students on filing fee in Fall 2019 are not eligible. 
  • Candidates are pursuing a Ph.D. or the usual terminal degree in their field. The only supported terminal Master's degree at UCI is the MFA. Professional degrees (MBA, JD, MD) are not supported.
  • Candidates should be returning to their home country soon after earning their degree.
  • Candidates must demonstrate both academic excellence and significant need.
  • Candidates are not limited to persons who come from underdeveloped or developing countries.
  • Awards are to be made without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, or creed.
  • Repeat awards will not be considered.

Application Process

  • Students must complete the PBK Application Form.
  • Faculty must complete the PBK Faculty Recommendation Form.
  • A completed application must include the following:
    • A fully completed application form
    • A short essay on scholarly and professional ambitions (not necessarily limited to the space provided)
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, including the student's dissertation chair (for doctoral candidates) 
    • A justification of need (rough estimate)
    • Current unofficial transcript

President's Dissertation Year Fellowship (D)

President's Dissertation Year Fellowship (D)

Overview
The President’s Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship is intended for students in their final year of graduate study who are planning to pursue teaching and research appointments soon after their dissertation fellowship year. This award assists graduate students with the completion of their dissertation, and enhances their qualifications as candidates for university faculty teaching and research appointments by providing professional opportunities needed to successfully obtain a faculty appointment.

For more information contact: Daniel Fabrega at dfabrega@uci.edu

Call for nominations: March 9 ,2020
Application/Nomination Deadline:
April 22, 2020

Details

Award Info

The funding package includes:

  • One year of fellowship support paid directly by the UCI Graduate Division, including a yearly stipend of $21,600 (paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1) and full resident tuition and fees.
  • Departments also provide a minimum 20% supplement ($4,320) to the fellowship.
  • $500 academic travel stipend.
  • Non-resident tuition is NOT covered by this fellowship award.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be current UCI Ph.D. students who are in their last year of graduate study and who have advanced to candidacy by the time of their nomination.
  • Nominees must be US Citizens, Permanent Residents or AB540 status.
  • Nominees must prove they will be able to file their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year (Summer 2020). Financial penalties will be imposed on the program/school if fellows do not file their dissertation by the summer filing deadline at the end of the award year.
  • Nominees may not be past their academic program’s maximum time-to-degree.
  • Nominees must not have previously received dissertation funding from any source in support of a final dissertation year, or during the tenure of this award.
  • Fellows are required to participate in the President's Dissertation Year Conference hosted by UCOP.  Traditionally, the conference is held in Northern California during the fall of the award year; however, time of year and location are subject to change. Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • Nominees must qualify as a diversity student as defined by the University of California and demonstrate experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as socioeconomic or educational limitations, the absence of a family member who attended college, matriculation in a school with poor financial or curricular support, having a physical or learning disability or working long hours while attending school.
  • Fellows are required to present a seminar on their dissertation research twice during the award period.
  • Fellows are prohibited from being employed as a TA or GSR during the term of this fellowship. GSR employment may not exceed 24% time without exceptional approval.

Application Process

STUDENT INFORMATION:

  • Students should check with their academic program for internal deadlines.
  • Students should fill out an Application Form.
  • Students should e-mail the completed PDY application form to their program along with the following materials:

Students: must submit the PDY Fellowship application form electronically to the department, along with the following:

    • The student's dissertation prospectus (max 4 pages, double spaced), which is a timeline for the completion of your dissertation
      • Provide a brief introduction of your dissertation project
      • Provide a summary for each of your dissertation chapters. Include dates of completion and/or prospective completion dates, and plans for completing unfinished chapters.
      • Include a plan for completing the writing and submitting of your dissertation to your committee for review, and when you plan to defend
    • Personal Statement
    • A statement of intent from the student regarding career objectives
    • Mentoring plan that includes a timeline of expected progress for completion of the dissertation (this should be co-written by both the student and advisor)
    • Student curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Unofficial transcripts including winter quarter 2019 grades
    • A list of proposed seminars (minimum of two) in which the student will present his/her research during the dissertation year
    • A detailed listing of all funding/support received by student
    • Include a written reference from the dissertation advisor
  • Save PDY Fellowship application forms as “PDY APP–SID# (PDY APP-12345678)” and send to your department prior to the department deadline
  • Check your department’s deadlines.

Departments: Complete the PDY Nomination Form for each student the department is nominating:

  • Check the appropriate citizenship or residency box
  • Minimum 20% ($4,320) matching funds during fellowship year
  • Save nomination form as “PDY NOM–SID# (PDY-nom12345678)”
  • Print nomination form and gather original signatures for each form 
  • Scan all documents in PDF Format for students being nominated in the following order:
  • PDY nomination form (signed)
  • PDY application form
  • Dissertation prospectus
  • Mentoring Plan including a dissertation completion timeline
  • Statement of Intent – student career objectives
  • Dissertation advisor letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Student’s CV
  • Listing of seminar presentations
  • Detailed listing of all funding/support
  • Save this new PDF file as “PDY–SID#.pdf”

Schools/College: submit completed documentation for the school/college nominees to fellowships@exchange.uci.edu and include the following:

  • Rationale
  • Original Word (.doc or .docm) PDY nomination form for each student the school is nominating
  • Original Word (.doc or .docx) PDY application form for each student the school is nominating
  • Scanned PDF nomination packet for each student the school is nominating

Contact Info

Daniel Fabrega
Graduate Division
Tel.: (949) 824-8730
Fax: (949) 824-9096

Notes

  • Nominations will be based on the student’s merit and his/her contribution to the diversity of their discipline/graduate program. In accordance with state law, nominees to state-funded programs are not given preferential treatment on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or national origin.

President's Dissertation Year Fellowship (I)

President's Dissertation Year Fellowship (I)

Overview

Public Impact Fellowships highlight and support doctoral or MFA students whose current research has the potential for substantial impact in the public sphere. Ideal candidates will be involved in research designed to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Californians and/or national and global communities.

All Schools are eligible to nominate students to compete for a total of 14 fellowships. Four Public Impact Distinguished Fellows will each receive $12,000. Ten Public Impact Fellows will each receive $1,000. Awarded students may choose to accept their awards during Winter or Spring quarter, or over both quarters, at their discretion. 

School nominations must be submitted to the Graduate Division by 12:00pm on Friday, October 25, 2019Students should consult with their program's graduate affairs staff member before applying, as Schools and programs typically set earlier internal deadlines.

Please use the following forms in preparing nominations:

For more information contact: Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

Call for nominations: August 26, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline:
October 25, 2019

Details

Award Info

Graduate Division Public Impact Distinguished Fellowships: $12,000 to be used as a stipend

Graduate Division Public Impact Fellowships: $1,000 to be used as a stipend

Students who receive full $12,000 awards may not be appointed as ASEs during the award period, but may be appointed as GSRs. Students who receive $1,000 honorable mention awards may be appointed as ASEs or GSRs.

Eligibility

For UC Irvine Public Impact Fellowships, nominees must, at minimum, meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  2. Be a current, full-time doctoral or MFA student 
  3. If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. by October 25, 2019
  4. Conduct research that has critical public impact. (Examples of relevant research include studies that aim to improve economic opportunity and well-being, health care, social justice, political participation, cultural engagement, and scientific or technical solutions to pressing social issues.)
  5. Be willing to have research spotlighted/featured on both the Graduate Division’s and UCI’s website, brochures and social networks, and be able and available to effectively communicate and discuss their research in lay terms with prospective donors, legislators and/or their staff, and the media during winter and spring quarters.
  6. If selected as a finalist, students must be available to give a brief in-person presentation to the selection committee, with no visual aids, immediately followed by a brief interview, on Monday, November 18, 2019. Remote participation is not permitted.
  7. If selected as an awardee, students must be available to attend a lunch in early Winter Quarter and accompany the Vice Provost and Graduate Dean to Sacramento for Graduate Research Advocacy Day in the event they are selected to participate.

Application Process

Schools are asked to collect nominations from each department and forward the most promising nominees, based on merit and the potential public impact of the student's research. There is no limit to the number of nominations. The final selection committee will consider several factors when choosing the awardees, including each student's presentation, interview, ability to convey their research to a broad audience, academic record, letters of recommendation, degree progress, and potential research impact.

Instructions for Students

  • Complete the Student Information Form and save it as a Microsoft Word document (please save as "IMPACT APP - SID#.doc", e.g. "IMPACT APP - 12345678.doc")
  • Please email the following materials to your program’s graduate affairs staff member:
  1. Completed Student Information Form saved as a Microsoft Word document using the naming convention described above
  2. PDF of the completed Student Information Form with your signature.
  3. Your current CV
  4. Letter of recommendation from your primary faculty advisor/PI

Instructions for Programs/Departments

  • Complete the Nomination Form and save it as a Microsoft Word document (please save as "IMPACT NOM - SID#.doc", e.g. "IMPACT NOM - 12345678.doc")
  • Print the Nomination Form and obtain the Program Graduate Advisor’s and Associate Dean’s signatures.
  • Please create a single PDF file for each nominee in this order:
  1. Nomination Form (signed by the Program Graduate Advisor and Associate Dean)
  2. Student Information Form (signed by the student)
  3. CV
  4. Letter of Recommendation from the student’s primary faculty advisor/PI
  • Please save this new PDF file as "IMPACT - SID#.pdf", e.g. "IMPACT - 12345678.pdf"
  • When all documentation is complete, please send an email to Turner Dahl containing the following documents for each nominated student:
  1. The completed Microsoft Word (.doc) Nomination Form
  2. The completed Microsoft Word (.doc) Student Information Form
  3. PDF of the complete nomination packet (to include all bold items listed above)

Contact Information

Please direct any questions to Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu or (949) 824-0490.

Deadline

School nominations must be submitted to the Graduate Division by 12:00pm on Friday, October 25, 2019. Students should consult with their program's graduate affairs staff member before applying, as Schools and programs typically set earlier internal deadlines.

Notes

  • Students who receive full $12,000 awards may not be appointed as ASEs during the award period, but may be appointed as GSRs. Students who receive $1,000 honorable mention awards may be appointed as ASEs or GSRs.
  • For students already receiving financial aid, acceptance of a Public Impact Fellowship may affect their overall financial need-based support package. In such cases, students are encouraged to consult with the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. 
  • Students should 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 before applying.
  • Previous winners (full awardees and honorable mentions) are not eligible for this year’s competition.

Tom Angell Fellowship (I)

Tom Angell Fellowship (I)

Overview
This fellowship is intended to honor Tom Angell’s contributions as our Graduate Counselor to graduate student wellness and retention. Awards are open to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars. Students may nominate another student or a faculty member, and faculty may nominate another faculty member or a student. CLICK HERE for full application.

For more information contact: Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu

Call for nominations: August 26, 2019
Application/Nomination Deadline:
November 1, 2019

Details

Award Amount
One $500 fellowship award will be made to one graduate student; one $500 award will be made to one faculty member; and one $500 award will be made to one postdoctoral scholar. The faculty award must be used as a fellowship to a student of the faculty’s choice. The student and postdoctoral scholar awards must be used to support student/postdoc professional development.

Qualifications
Faculty Nominees

1. Must have shown excellent mentorship of UC Irvine graduate students

Student Nominees
1. Must have shown excellent mentorship of fellow UC Irvine graduate students
2. Must be making satisfactory academic progress

Postdoctoral Scholar Nominees

1. Must have shown excellent mentorship of UC Irvine graduate students or fellow postdoctoral scholars.

*Please confirm that the nominee holds a postdoctoral title with UCI before submitting a nomination.

Evaluation Criteria
It is desirable that the student/faculty/postdoc takes initiative as a mentor, and for whom mentoring is a habit.

Elements of the Proposal
1. Completed application, including, in 250 words or less, why you feel that the student/faculty/postdoc is an excellent mentor to other UCI students.

*Awardees will receive more specific information regarding procedures and guidelines for receipt of funds