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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Invention Transfer Group Fellowship  

Now accepting applications for fellowships beginning Spring / Summer 2018

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2018.

Fellowships with the Invention Transfer Group (ITG), formerly known as the Office of Technology Alliances (OTA), offer graduate or professional students, or postdocs at UCI a hands-on introduction to university technology transfer and intellectual property management. Technology transfer is a mix of science, business and law. Under the direction of a Licensing Officer at ITG, fellows will assist the office in conducting technology assessments, prior art searches, writing invention summaries, and initiating market research of UCI inventions. This opportunity gives fellows experience analyzing innovative technologies, and an understanding of the patenting and commercialization processes, while providing an excellent resource to the UCI inventor community.

This fellowship is part-time and paid.


  • UCI graduate-level (Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.D. or J.D.) student or postdoctoral scholar
  • Student should have completed at least one year of graduate studies, and, if a Ph.D. student, have passed their qualifying exams
  • Scientific background in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences, or medicine
  • Must have excellent written communication
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines


  • Submit resume and questionnaire to
  • Applicants invited for interviews will be assigned a short case study to be completed within 1 week
  • Approval from faculty advisor, if fellow is a graduate student or postdoc. Postdocs may be required to reduce their appointment if adding this fellowship would bring them over 100% appointment
  • Ability to devote 5-8 hours per week to the program (some assignments may be completed remotely)
  • Minimum six month commitment

Graduate Student Research and 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 2017-18 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, 2018 (Do NOT submit receipts with application).

The deadline to submit applications to is January 31, 2018 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, 2017 and June 15, 2018.
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 2017 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 Research and 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 January 31, 2018.  Late, incomplete, or incorrect applications will not be accepted.  No exceptions. 

  • 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

Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12pm. 

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the AY 2017-2018 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 three-month stipend to total $6,000 for the period of April 2018 through June 2018. 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:
1. Plan to complete their Ph.D. degree by the end of fall quarter 2018
2. Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
3. Be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.
4. Demonstrate financial need
5. Be willing to present their dissertation research at a Chancellor’s Club dinner or other function
6. Exhibit excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
7. 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 2018. 
• 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 2017-2018 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.

All materials must be submitted to your department or program graduate coordinator by NOON on Wednesday, February 7.

UC Presidential Fellowships for Undocumented Graduate Students - March 2, 2018 at 12pm. 

The UCI Graduate Division is pleased to announce the 2018 call for UC Presidential Fellowships for Undocumented Graduate Students. These fellowships are intended to fill a critical gap in graduate and professional student support.
Award Amount
Up to four $5,000 fellowships will be awarded for the period of April 2018 through June 2018.

Applicant Qualifications
Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:
1. Be enrolled and in good standing in a UCI state-supported graduate program. (NOTE: Law and Medical students are welcome to apply).
2. Be an undocumented, AB540 eligible student.
3. Demonstrate financial need.

Application Process
Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:
• Demonstration of financial need
• Academic achievements and promise

Application packages should include the following:
• A completed Application Form
• NOTE: A letter of recommendation from a faculty member may be provided, but is completely optional.

Deadline for Submission
Applications must be received by the Graduate Division no later than Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Please send a PDF of your application materials to Kate Brigman, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, at Questions about this fellowship program may be directed to Kate via e-mail or by calling x4-9031.

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:

Winter 2018: March 16, 2018

Spring 2018: June 8, 2018

Please attach the following items in the following order:

1) Application Form 

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

SWE-OC 2018 Scholarships (2 to be awarded)

The Society of Women Engineers Orange County Section (SWE-OC) was organized in 1983 and chartered in 1985. SWE-OC is a volunteer, nonprofit, educational, service organization whose members support the advancement of women in engineering. Through the generous support of businesses and inpiduals, scholarships are awarded to women pursuing graduate​ ​studies​ ​in​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​engineering​ ​at​ ​universities​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​SWE-OC.

SWE-OC will award two Graduate Scholarship(s) in the amounts of $1,250 (1st place) and $750​ ​(2nd​ ​place).​ ​​ ​The​ ​​minimum​ ​criteria​ ​for​ ​selection​ ​​are​ ​as​ ​follows:

  • Female​ ​student​ ​at: CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Santa Ana College, Cal Baptist​ ​University,​ ​Chaffey​ ​College,​ ​or​ ​Cypress​ ​College
  • Enrolled in a Graduate degree program in an engineering field, such as​ ​Electrical,​ ​Mechanical​ ​or​ ​Civil​ ​Engineering
  • GPA​ ​of​ ​3.3​ ​or​ ​higher
  • Plans​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​an​ ​engineering​ ​field

For additional questions or to request an application by email, please contact Mercedes Wiemers at

Please return or submit form no later than March 30, 2018.
Awards will be distributed in May 2018.