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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Chancelor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship 2019-2020

Deadline: October 2, 2019

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the AY 2019-2020 competition for the Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowships. Chancellor’s Club Fellowships are intended to recognize our most academically superior doctoral students — those who exhibit outstanding promise as scholars, researchers, and public leaders.

Award Amount
Each Chancellor’s Club Fellowship recipient will be awarded a six-month stipend to total $12,000 for the period of January 2020 through June 2020. Chancellor's Club funding is in addition to existing support and may not be used as a substitute for other university support.

Applicant Qualifications
Nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Plan to complete their Ph.D. by the end of fall quarter 2020
  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  • Be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.
  • 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


  • Students receiving this award are required to file all final degree paperwork by the end of fall quarter 2020. 
  • The faculty advisor’s letter of recommendation should include the student’s expected graduation date and express the advisor’s level of confidence in the student’s ability to complete as planned.
  • 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.

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 Student Information Form, including the financial need, student profile, and student research sections.
  2. The student's current curriculum vitae.
  3. 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. (May either be submitted by the student to their graduate coordinator, or directly submitted to their graduate coordinator by the student’s advisor)

All materials must be submitted to your department or program graduate coordinator by NOON on Wednesday, October 2.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Public Impact Fellowship 2019-2020

Deadline: October 17, 2019

Public Impact Fellowships highlight and support doctoral 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.

Award Amount
$12,000 (full award) or $1,000 (honorable mention award). There will be a total of fourteen fellowships. Each of the four full awardees will receive $12,000. Each of the ten honorable mention awardees will receive $1,000. Students may choose to accept the award during Winter or Spring 2020, or over both quarters, at their discretion.


Applicant Qualifications
Nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be a current, full-time doctoral student
  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  • If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. by October 25, 2019.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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. These presentations and interviews will take place on Monday, November 18, 2019. Remote participation is not permitted.
  • If selected as an awardee, students must be available to attend a lunch in early Winter Quarter and accompany Vice Provost and Graduate Dean to Sacramento for Graduate Research Advocacy Day in the event they are selected to participate.

Application Process

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

All materials must be submitted to your department or program graduate coordinator by NOON on Thursday, October 17.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 


Outside UCI

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 


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Deadline: October 22, 2019 (ENGINEERING)

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. Applicants are urged to visit the NSF web page at for more information and guidance about current and emerging themes for NSF.  For more detailed information about the 2020 Program Solicitation, please visit

Fellowship Application Advising Hours: 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 ( Dr. Celina Mojica will be available to discuss application questions and provide feedback on applications. Please email to schedule an appointment. Writing Consultants at the GRC are available, but due to high demand, students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment online.



The NSF expects to award 1,600 Graduate Research Fellowships per fiscal year under this program solicitation pending availability of funds. Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. Currently, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.

Honorable Mention:  The NSF accords Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive Fellowship awards.  This is considered a significant national academic achievement.



Organization Limit:

Fellowship applications must be submitted by the prospective Fellow. Applicants must register with FastLane ( prior to submitting an application. Confirmation of acceptance in a graduate degree program in science or engineering is required at the time of Fellowship acceptance, no later than May 1 of the year the award is accepted. Prospective Fellows must enroll in a university, college, or non-profit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that offers advanced degrees in STEM or STEM education no later than fall of the year the award is accepted. All Fellows from the date of Acceptance through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship must be affiliated with a graduate degree-granting institution accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Applicant Eligibility: Applicants must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship.

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education (See Appendix and Section IV.3 for eligible Fields of Study)
  • Have never previously accepted a GRFP award
  • If previously offered a GRFP award, have declined by the deadline
  • Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Have never earned a doctoral degree
  • Have never earned a master's, professional, or bachelor's-master's degree in any field, unless returning to graduate study after an interruption of at least two (2) years
  • Not be a current NSF employee