Current Fellowships

In addition to the continuous funding options on the Graduate Financial Support page, the Graduate and Professional Studies 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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Within UCI

Fletcher Jones Fellowship 2019-2020 

Deadline: August 20, 2019

The UC Office of the President has announced the Fletcher Jones Fellowship Program for 2019-2020. This highly prestigious award provides a doctoral student with a one-year fellowship in the amount of approximately $22,290. Each campus may make one award, the recipient to be chosen by a committee constituted by the Graduate Dean. Students from all Ph.D. programs are eligible.

Since this award will be disbursed monthly throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, nominated students must not plan to graduate before the conclusion of Spring Quarter 2020. As this fellowship is intended to support doctoral degree completion, students demonstrating a clear plan and strong likelihood of filing their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year will be given the strongest consideration.
Each School may nominate one outstanding doctoral student who meets the following minimum criteria:

  • Shows financial need
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  • Has a UCI GPA of 3.8 or better through Spring Quarter 2019
  • Has advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.
  • Is making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree
  • Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Application Process

All individual student applications and materials must be submitted to the student's program/department by Tuesday, August 20 at 4pm and must include the following (incomplete applications be not be accepted):

  1. A complete Student Information Form
    1. 100-word statement of financial need (note any gaps in support, dependents, etc.)
    2. 100-word student profile
    3. 500-word statement by the nominee describing their research project, progress to date, and plan for completion. Nominees should describe their research in terms that are accessible to a general audience since the reviewers may not be in their field.
  2. A Current CV
  3. Letter of Recommendation from the students faculty advisor/mentor (this letter should address the student's financial need, interpersonal and leadership abilities, satisfactory academic progress, and expected date of degree completion)

**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 also 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.

Holmes Fellowship 2019-2020 

Deadline: September 1, 2019

The Paul and Beverly Holmes Fellowship Program supports graduate students doing research in the area of the Technology and Theory of Navigational and Guidance Devices for Flight Vehicles. A Holmes Fellowship provides partial support for tuition, fees and stipend, typically for one year. Graduate students in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and aerospace engineering are eligible provided there is a convincing plan to conduct research in the area supported by the Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, considering the quality of the nominee’s academic record and the evidence that the nominee and his/her research advisor will conduct research in the area specified above, during the period of fellowship support. Preference is given to students who are already working with an advisor on an appropriate topic and have already demonstrated some progress in their research; note that this is a change from targeting incoming students as in previous years. Preference is also given to nominations that propose cost-sharing either from the advisor or the advisor’s department.

This is a call for nominations for the 2019-20 academic year, including the 2020 summer. Faculty are the nominators and should submit the nominations. Nominations should be developed collaboratively with the student. Nominations should (i) identify the student, his/her research advisor, and the home department (ii) propose a research topic, (iii) describe how the research and the student’s interests relate to the technology and theory of navigational and guidance devices, (iv) state the advisor’s qualifications for guiding the project (e.g., related prior extramural funding, peer-reviewed publications, etc.),  (v) specify the desired type and length of support, mentioning cost-sharing if applicable, and (vi) for a new student, include a copy of the student’s UCI graduate program application materials; for a continuing student, include a copy of the student’s UCI transcript.

Faculty nominations should be submitted via email to Professor Andrei M. Shkel  (, Chair, Holmes Fellowship Committee, by 5:00 pm, September 1st, 2019.


Outside UCI

2020 Microsoft Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: August 15, 2019

Nominations are now open for the Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship as well as the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. Doctoral students must be nominated by the department chair’s office in their field of study by August 15, 2019. Students will then be contacted to submit their proposals by September 20, 2019.

The Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship aims to increase diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields in North America. Each nominee should help us increase the opportunities for students who are underrepresented in the field of computing. This includes those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability. The award for second year PhD students covers tuition and fees for three years and a $42,000 USD stipend annually.

In its thirteenth year, the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is for third year PhD students attending a North American university who are conducting research in computing-related fields. The award covers tuition and fees for two years and includes an annual $42,000 USD stipend.

For both awards, students’ research must be closely related to the general research areas carried out by Microsoft Research. In addition to the funding mentioned above, Microsoft will arrange and pay for travel and accommodations for recipients of the awards to attend a two-day workshop at Microsoft Research’s Redmond campus in the fall.

You can read more about the fellowships and find nomination instructions at and For more information on all of our academic programs, visit For questions, please contact Microsoft Research Fellowship Program


Facebook Fellowship Program 2019

Deadline: October 4, 2019

The Facebook Fellowship Program is designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university. The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study and supports talented students from traditionally under-represented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record and recommendation letters.

Winners of the Fellowship are entitled to receive two years of tuition and fees paid, a stipend of $37,000 each year and up to $5,000 in conference travel support.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be full-time PhD students currently involved in on-going research who are enrolled in an accredited university in any country
  • Students' work must be related to one or more relevant disciplines (see research areas below)
  • Students must be enrolled during the academic year(s) the Fellowship is awarded

Research Areas:

  • Applied Statistics
  • AR/VR Photonics and Optics
  • AR/VR Privacy and Ethics
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • Computational Social Science
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision
  • Compute Storage and Efficiency
  • Distributed Systems
  • Economics and Computation
  • Instagram/Facebook App Well-being and Safety
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Networking and Connectivity
  • Privacy and Data Use
  • Programming Languages
  • Security/Privacy
  • Social and Economic Policy
  • Spoken Language Processing and Audio Classification
  • Structured Data Stores
  • Systems for Machine Learning

President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering

US Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Amount: $111,200 per year for three years

This three-year fellowship is named for President Truman who charged Sandia in 1949 with providing "an exceptional service in the national interest" - a motto that leads Sandia to excel to this day. Truman Fellows conduct independent ground-breaking research that supports Sandia's national-security mission. Fellows choose their own research topics and benefit by having access to Sandia's state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with some of the nation's best scientists and engineers. Fellows may work at either of Sandia's principal locations in New Mexico and California.


- Ph.D. awarded within the past three years at the time of application or completed Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment 
- Excellent academic and research qualifications 
- Evidence of exceptional technical accomplishments, leadership, and ability to thrive in a dynamic, team-oriented environment 
- Candidates must be seeking their first national laboratory appointment (pre-postdoc internships acceptable) 
- Ability to obtain a DOE "Q" clearance, which requires US citizenship