Current Fellowships

In addition to the continuous funding options on the Graduate Financial Support page, the Graduate Student Affairs Office often receives announcements for other University or outside fellowship opportunities. Please refer back to this website often, as new fellowships will be listed regularly.

Other Resources

The Graduate Resource Center (located on the 3rd floor of the Gateway Study Center) holds funding workshop series that include information on how to apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and to other training grants. The GRC also offers writing consultants to assist with proofreading of papers and grants throughout the year.

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National Fellowship Incentive Program 

This $250 award is open to all Engineering graduate students with a GPA of 3.60 or higher who submit a national fellowship application between fall 2018 and spring 2019. Students must apply for the incentive funds during the same quarter that they apply for the fellowship. For a partial list of external fellowships, please visit: Applications for the National Fellowship Incentive Program are accepted on a quarterly basis until funds are exhausted. Prior awardees may re-apply to receive a smaller award of $150. 

Spring 2019 - June 7, 2019

To apply, please submit the following materials:
    1) A completed National Fellowship Incentive Program Application Form with all signatures
    2) A copy of the fellowship application materials (i.e., proposals, statements, etc.)
    3) Confirmation of submission (i.e., an email from the fellowship organization confirming receipt of your application)

Please note that students MUST consult with the GRC Writing Consultant prior to submitting their fellowship applications in order to qualify for this program. For more information, please visit or call 949-824-3849.

Send completed applications as a single .pdf to Nina Alavi at

Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarships

Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarships are for international graduate students who are pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. and are engaged in their final year of graduate study in 2019-20.  Two awards of $2,000 each will be made.  

Applicants must demonstrate both academic excellence and significant need.  Awardees are expected to be returning to their home countries soon after completing the degree, and are required to be fully enrolled in Fall 2019 to receive their scholarships; students on filing fee in Fall 2019 are not eligible.

12 PM - April 29, 2019

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1) Completed application form
2) Current Unofficial Transcript
3) Short essay describing scholarly and professional ambitions
4) Justification of need
5) Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, including dissertation chair for doctoral candidates.

Please submit application materials to Gina Anzivino, Graduate Division, 120 Aldrich Hall, Zot 3180.  Sealed, confidential faculty recommendation letters may be submitted with application materials, or submitted directly by faculty members by the application deadline.

Please visit the Graduate Division website for more information.  Please contact Gina Anzivino ( with any questions.

Outside UCI

The Bill H. James Scholarship for Aspiring African-American Engineers

The scholarship is offered by the Bill H. James Foundation and endeavors to address the need for diversity in the engineering field and to support the education of deserving African-American students. Two scholarships will be awarded annually; one each to an undergraduate and a graduate student. The amount of the award may vary. 

 Consideration for this award is available to students who meet the following criteria:

  •       Must be an African-American/Black (non-Hispanic) U.S. citizen
  •       Must be pursuing a degree or course of study in an engineering program at an accredited four year college or          university in California
  •       Must be entering their Junior or Senior year or pursuing a graduate degree in the 2019-2020 school year
  •       Must have a minimum GPA of 3.2

Additional information and an application portal is available here. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.

IIE-GIRE (Graduate International Research Experiences)

IIE-GIRE (Graduate International Research Experiences) is a fellowship program that offers funding to doctoral engineering students to conduct innovative research abroad for 3 – 5 months. 

IIE-GIRE is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant no 1829436.

For the second cycle of the program (Spring - Fall 2019), up to 15 U.S. PhD candidates will be funded to spend 3 to 5 months abroad, conducting innovative research and creating ties between their home and host institution. Awards will include funding that will go towards the students’ international travel and living stipend (for 3-5 months abroad), health insurance, visa fees, and a small fund for educational materials.   In addition, each student’s home campus faculty adviser will receive $2,000 to help support their own travel to the research site abroad to visit their student, or for other relevant activities to support internationalization of home campus graduate programs.  

Additional information and an application is available here. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019.