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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Graduate Student Travel Grant

The Graduate Student Affairs Office is pleased to announce that the Graduate Division has provided the Henry Samueli School of Engineering limited funding for 2018-19 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards. These funds are to be used for travel and scholarly activities for continuing graduate students.  Travel must be completed and receipts submitted by June 15, 2019 (Do NOT submit receipts with application at this time).

The deadline to submit applications to is March 1, 2019 at 4pm.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Each applicant is eligible to apply for up to $400.00 in School Travel Funds. All School Awarded Funds must be matched equally by faculty/department funds.

The criteria are as follows:
1) Travel must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 15, 2019.
2) The awardee must present at a conference in some capacity.
3) The awardee must be within the normative time to degree time limits.
4) A strong preference will be given to high quality conferences in the student’s given field. (Student’s advisor should make a statement on conference quality in the letter of recommendation).
5) Preference may be given to Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy by the end of the Summer 2018 term.
6) Students who have previously received the research and travel grant award are ineligible to apply.

To apply, students must:
1. Complete the Graduate Student Travel Grant Application 
2. Submit a single PDF of the documents in the order listed below.  Save the PDF as "Last Name, First Name" and send to by 4pm on March 1, 2019.  Late, incomplete, or incorrect applications will not be accepted.  No exceptions. 

  • Application form
  • A letter from your faculty advisor that: 1) Supports your request for travel funds and 2) Verifies that matching funds are available 3) Describes the prestige or quality of the conference in your field
  • An itemized budget for the total travel funds requested.  Do NOT submit receipts at this time. 
  • A copy of the conference paper, abstract or poster (in 8 1/2" x 11" format) [if one was submitted]
  • A current CV/Resume

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. 

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.

Fall 2018/Winter 2019 - March 15, 2019
Spring 2019 - June 7, 2019

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

Outside UCI

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Disseration Research Abroad Program

The program provides grants to universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies.

The institutional project period is 18 months, beginning October 1, 2019.  Applicants may propose research for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months.

Deadline: Complete applications, including all recommendations, must be submitted through the U.S. Department of Education G5 system by the internal deadline of 12 noon, February 28, 2019.

Eligibility: Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of modern foreign languages and area studies must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled.  Students are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
  • Are graduate students in good academic standing at an institution of higher education in the U.S. who, when the fellowship begins, are admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution;
  • Are planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation;
  • Possess adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project. 

Interested applicants should thoroughly review the Federal Register Notice for eligible geographic regions, languages and other information, as well as read the definitive, official application instructions in the G5 system.  Students who plan to apply should also contact Gina Anzivino for information about required supplemental documents that are submitted separately.  Please contact Gina with any additional questions about the program.

Complete applications, including all recommendations, must be submitted through the U.S. Department of Education G5 system by the internal deadline of 12 noon, February 28, 2019

DOE NNSA Labratory Residency Graduate Fellowship

The DOE NNSA LRGF connect professors and students working in fields relevant to the DOE lab system with laboratory scientists, fostering collaborative research relationships. The program will strengthen these university-laboratory links through an unusual and exciting provision: fellows will work and study in residence at one or more of four approved DOE NNSA facilities for a minimum of two 12-week periods. Longer stays are highly encouraged, up to or including pursuit of thesis studies at a chosen site. This residency requirementopens compelling research opportunities to students and their advisors, including access to unique DOE NNSA experimental and computing facilities.

The fellowship is open to U.S citizens entering their second (or later) year of doctoral study and is renewable for up to four years. Besides residency opportunities, students will receive payment of full tuition and required fees, a $36,00 annual stipend and other benefits. 

The DOE NNSA LRGF application process is now open – deadline to apply is March 6, 2019. Please visit here for more details.


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.