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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Dolores 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.  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.  

Applicants must 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.

Applicants must have an outstanding undergraduate record.
Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
Applicants must be United States citizens.

Application Process
Complete application packages (hard copy, single-sided and NOT stapled) are due to Gina Anzivino in the Graduate Division (120 Aldrich Hall) no later than 12 noon, November 9, 2018 and must contain the following:

• Completed and signed Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship Application Form.
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, 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.
Letter of recommendation from your department chair.
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.

Note: Candidates whose applications are selected for submission to the trustees for consideration will be required to submit one copy of their Federal Income Tax Return for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).  This is not required for internal review.

Please direct any questions to Gina Anzivino ( or 949-824-8120

Outside UCI

Google Ph.D. Fellowship Program

Google will award named fellowships from amongst the following areas: Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets; Computational Neuroscience; Human Computer Interaction; Machine Learning; Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision; Mobile Computing; Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction); Privacy and Security; Programming Technology and Software Engineering; Quantum Computing; Structured Data and Database Management; Systems and Networking.  
The 2019 fellowship consists of:
Two-year fellowship with opportunity to extend to third year
Full tuition and fees plus an academic year stipend (approx. $35,000 stipend expected)   
Google Research Mentor
Must be full-time graduate students pursuing a Ph.D.
Must have completed graduate coursework by fall of the award year when the fellowship begins.
Google employees, their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.
Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible.
Application Requirements:
Name of fellowship for which you are applying (i.e. “Google Fellowship in…” one of the research areas listed above).
Curriculum Vitae
Transcripts of current and previous academic records (unofficial is okay).
Research/dissertation proposal (recommended length is 4-5 pages, no longer than 8 pages).
2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with your work, one of which must be from your advisor.
One-page CV from your advisor.
The review committee advises that proposals are more successful in the review process when the advisor takes an active role in reviewing and editing the proposal.
Please submit application materials as a single PDF file to Gina Anzivino in the Graduate Division (120 Aldrich Hall) no later than 12 noon, October 16, 2018.  Recommendation letters should be confidential and must be submitted by the same deadline in a sealed envelope or as a signed/scanned attachment emailed to directly from the recommender.  Feel free to contact Gina via email or at 949-824-8120 with any questions.  


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 

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 2019 Program Solicitation, please visit 
Fellowship Application Advising Hours: 
Dr. Sandra Loughlin 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 here.

The NSF expects to award 1,500 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.

Deadline to submit fellowship applications is October 23
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
• 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.

With questions, please contact the NSF Operations Center (


DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program 

The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program is now accepting applications – deadline to apply is Thursday, November 15. Please visit here for more details.

DoD SMART Scholarship for Service Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.
A full tuition scholarship while in school
An annual stipend
Summer research internships
A job after graduating in their STEM field at a cutting edge Department of Defense Facility 


Be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Be pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 specified STEM disciplines

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2018.
To learn more and apply, visit here: