I am pleased to announce some good news regarding our DECADE PLUS pilot program.  After having completed a second, successful year as a pilot program, we were awarded a $1.7M Title III grant under the Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program by the US Department of Education to support DECADE PLUS for five years. 

DECADE PLUS (Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience Partnering in Leadership for Undergraduate Students) addresses undergraduate first-year retention, scholarship retention, and ultimately degree completion through a layered mentoring approach that includes peer mentors and graduate student leadership coaches.  We are excited about continuing this program and fostering the next generation of leaders. 

As you know, the campus continues to move aggressively to increase the excellence and size of our doctoral student population. For fall 2017 recruitment, we will continue many of our admissions initiatives, including our GRE search-based outreach campaign and the prestigious Provost Ph.D. and Graduate LEAD fellowships.

In addition to these larger fellowships, we will continue the Diversity Recruitment and Graduate Dean’s Recruitment fellowships. These “top-off” fellowships yielded excellent recruits for fall 2016, and we anticipate similar outcomes for fall 2017.

The Graduate Division also invites applications for five internal fellowships, see details below.  Please note that several fellowship opportunities offered through the Graduate Division have deadlines within the next few weeks.

Finally, please see details below about the 2017 Grad Slam competition. Let’s go for the win!

And don’t forget to connect with me on Twitter if you haven’t already! Follow me @fmlesliegd for a follow back or search #ucigradlife to see my posts! 

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The Graduate Division is pleased to invite applications for five internal endowed fellowships.  All Ph.D. and master’s degree students (except those enrolled in self-supporting programs) who meet the specific fellowship criteria may apply.  A brief summary of each fellowship program is provided below; the calls for applications and application forms may be found at   

The application deadline for all fellowships is 12:00 p.m. (noon), November 16, 2016.

Brython Davis Fellowship

•Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and one of the applicant's parents must be a current or former member of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.

•Provides resident fees and a stipend of $5,000 in Spring Quarter 2017

James Harvey Scholar

•Applicant must be in their final year of study, researching male or female homosexuality

•Provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 in Spring Quarter 2017

Gordon Hein Scholarship

•Applicant must be blind or legally blind, as certified by the Disability Services Center

•Provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 in Spring Quarter 2017

La Verne Noyes Fellowship

•Applicants must be U.S. citizens and descendants of a U.S. Army or Navy World War I veteran.

•Provides a $3,000 stipend in Spring Quarter 2017

Miguel Velez Scholarship

•Applicants must be citizens and residents of a Latin American country, with preference given to citizens of Colombia.  Students from a Latin American country who have AB 540 status are also eligible to apply.

 •Provides resident fees and a stipend of $5,000 in Spring Quarter 2017

For questions, please contact Gina Anzivino: or 949-824-8120.


There are several DECADE events taking place this month so we hope to see you attend and share these events with your colleagues and students.  If you have any questions please contact Jason Cruz, X4-1281.


This program features distinguished speakers from across the country to present on issues related to diversity in higher education.  This quarter we are hosting two speakers:

  • Habits of the Mind: The Influence of Implicit Bias on Judgements with L. Song Richardson – Thursday, November 3rd from 10:30am – 12pm in the Graduate Resource Center.

Click here for more information and to RSVP

  • Hindsights into my Career Plan: What I’ve Learned with Martha I. Dávila-García – Thursday, November 17th from 10:30am – 12pm in the Graduate Resource Center

Click here for more information and to RSVP


The DECADE student council is excited to host our Fall quarter Journal Club on Thursday, November 10th from 3:30 – 5:00pm in the Graduate Resource Center!  This quarterly event encourages scholarly discussion between faculty and students pertaining to issues of diversity in higher education by focusing on a peer-reviewed academic journal article.  This quarter we will be discussing ”Not Equal for All: Gender and Race Differences in Salary for Doctoral Degree Recipients”.  Click here for copy of the article.

To RSVP click here.


  • International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 Both of these events will take place in the Bren Events Center.

 We ask that all academic units refrain from scheduling any discipline-based orientation events on this date so that students can attend these orientation events.

 As a reminder:

  • These events are not intended to replace or overlap with current department- or school-based orientations; rather, they are designed to provide a unified message on topics that apply to all new graduate students.
  • These events cover common aspects of the graduate student experience at UCI.
  • This includes sessions on graduate support services (GRC, Career Center, CEI, Counseling Center, etc.), as well as administrative topics to help with success, such as the function of the Graduate Division, an introduction to UCI senior administration, and health insurance.
  • Graduate Orientation also proves to be a successful way for fostering relationships among students who may not otherwise meet or communicate.
  • Please note: the days if the week that these event traditionally take place have shifted in 2017 to accommodate religious holidays taking place.

More information will be forthcoming. Please contact us with questions:

-       2017 Graduate Welcome and Orientation


AAUW International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, 2016, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application.  Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year.

Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

For more information, visit

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals for their academic departments or funding agencies. The program seeks students who can strengthen their proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review. For more information, visit:

IIE Whitaker International Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 Whitaker International Program cycle. The Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad.  Full details can be found at:

NSF GRPF Initiative

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship

Due Date for 2017 Cycle:

    • October 24th, 2016 (Monday): Geo and Life Sciences
    • October 25th, 2016 (Tuesday): Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
    • October 27th, 2016 (Thursday): Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
    • October 28th, 2016 (Friday): Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy
    • November 3rd, 2016 (Friday): All reference letters due by 8:00 PM, EST


The Graduate InterConnect Program provides support and guidance to new international graduate students as they make their transition to the campus.

  • Taste of America – The Taste of America Program provides the opportunity for local residents to open their homes to international graduate students for cross cultural exchange. The program matches small groups of international graduate students (2-5 per group) with local residents during November. The goal of the program is to ease international graduate students’ adjustment to UCI and the American academic culture. 



Please spread the word to students – spots still available in the following upcoming Boot Camps, but they need to act fast! Students can register here for advanced training boot camps and workshops still to come in the quarter.

  • Write-In Friday, November 4 from 9:00AM-5:00PM

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Students thinking about applying for Grad Slam will want to attend this boot camp in order to position themselves for success in the application process!


  • Writing Consultants

The GRC Writing Consultant program includes four trained writing consultants who review academic papers, fellowship applications and provide feedback on job materials (ex. CV, cover letter). Appointments are available daily from 9:00AM–7:00PM.  Students can schedule an appointment here or call: 949-824-3849.

Communication is essential to academic and professional development of grad students and postdocs. To improve confidence with conference presentations, teaching, job interviews and networking opportunities, the GRC provides one-on-one advising with a certified communications consultant. Appointments are 30 minutes long. Students can click here to schedule an appointment.

  • Fellowship Application Advising

If students are applying for fellowship funding, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), Fulbright U.S. Student Program or Ford Foundation Fellowships, Dr. Sandra Loughlin can answer questions about the application process and provide feedback on application materials. Appointments are available by clicking here or calling: 949-824-3849.

  • Career Drop-in Advising

Graduate students and postdocs should prepare now for the upcoming academic job season. Neda Moayedi reviews CVs and other job materials and provides tools for the competitive job market. The drop-in services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesdays from 10:00AM-12:00PM.

Winter Quarter Certificate Program Preview:

Graduate Division certificate programs are 6-8 weeks. Look out for the winter quarter GRC event flyers with more detailed information. Winter quarter certificate programs will include:

  • Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate
  • Mentoring Excellence Program
  • Transitions to the Non-Academic Workforce

Need additional information contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849

Please note the Graduate Resource Center will be closed on Friday, November 11 and Thursday through Friday, November 23-24

Looking for additional information contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849


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