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.

Current Listings (scroll down for details)

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  • Within UCI
    • William R. Harburger Memorial Dissertation Fellowship - November 14, 2017
    • National Fellowship Incentive Program - 
      • ​Fall 2017 - Decmeber 8, 2017
      • Winter 2018 - March 16, 2018
      • Spring 2018 - June 8, 2018
  • Outside UCI
    • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship - November 6, 2017

Within UCI


Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Award Information

Made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Richard Harburger, three $12,000 dissertation fellowships will be awarded in 2017-2018 in honor of his late son, William R. Harburger. Awarded students may choose to accept their dissertation fellowship during Winter or Spring 2018 at their discretion, and should be used to cover tuition, fees, and a stipend.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

• Maintain UCI GPA of 3.7 or higher through Spring Quarter 2017.

• Be a current, full-time doctoral student who has advanced to candidacy.

• Be a first-generation college student.

• Identify as male.

• Demonstrate academic excellence.

• Plan to file their dissertation no later than the Summer Quarter 2018 filing deadline (September 12, 2018).

Nomination Process


1. Complete the William R. Harburger Memorial Dissertation Fellowship application form.

2. Write a statement of 500 words or fewer including the following information:

• A brief, non-technical description of your research and progress to date.

• Plan for degree completion.

3. Please email the following materials to your program’s graduate coordinator by Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

• Completed application form (signatures will be collected by the program).

• Student statement.

• Current CV.

• Letter of recommendation from your primary faculty advisor/PI. This letter should address the advisor’s level of confidence in the student filing their dissertation by the Summer Quarter 2018 filing deadline (September 12, 2018). Faculty advisors may choose to submit their letter directly to program staff.


Students should review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for AY 2017-2018 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding before applying.

For students already receiving financial aid, acceptance of a Dissertation 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 may not be employed above 24% time during the award period.


National Incentive Fellowship Program  

This award is open to all Engineering graduate students with a GPA of 3.60 or higher who submit a national fellowship application between summer 2017 and spring 2018. 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. Students must apply for the incentive funds during the same quarter that they apply for the fellowship. Please note the quarterly application deadlines below:
Fall 2017: December 8, 2017
Winter 2018: March 16, 2018
Spring 2018: June 8, 2018

Please attach the following items in the following order:
2) A copy of the fellowship application materials (i.e., proposals, statements);
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 file to Connie Cheng at

Outside UCI

Delores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship 

The will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen field of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.  The amount of each fellowship will cover the cost of tuition and a stipend of $18,000.  UCI may nominate three candidates for consideration.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • An applicant may be pursuing a program of study that includes any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
  • An applicant must have an outstanding undergraduate record.
  • An applicant must demonstrate financial need.
  • An applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America.

Application materials (hard copy, single-sided, not stapled):

  • Completed and signed application form (attached).
  • One copy of your personal vitae or resume.
  • One certified (official) copy of each undergraduate and graduate transcript to date.
  • One copy of your graduate exam test scores.
  • A Statement of Purpose up to three pages long (double-spaced) which considers the relationship between your graduate level study and your intended personal and/or professional goals.  The SOP must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in the three pages) that explains, in LAYMAN’S terms, the essence of your proposed topic of study or dissertation, the methodology of its treatment and its anticipated impact on your field of study.
  • Letters of Recommendation from at least two professors who have taught or worked closely with you.
  • One copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • One copy of your Financial Aid Summary from your school.
  • One copy of your Federal Income Tax Return for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).

Complete application packages (hard copy, single-sided, not stapled) should be submitted directly to Gina Anzivino in the Graduate Division (120 Aldrich Hall) no later than 12 noon on November 6, 2017.  Candidates should direct any questions to Gina at 949-824-8120 or