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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2018 Tom Angell Fellowship 

The Graduate pision is now accepting nominations for the Tom Angell Fellowship, which will be awarded in winter 2018.  This fellowship is intended to honor Tom Angell's contributions as our Graduate Counselor to graduate student wellness and retention.  The award is open to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral students.  


One $500 fellowship award will be made to one graduate student; one $500 award will be made to one faculty member; and one $500 award will be made to one postdoctoral scholar.  The faculty award must be used as a fellowship to a student of the faculty's choice.  The student and postdoctoral scholar awards must be used to support student/postdoc professional development. 


Faculty Nominees

  1. Must have shown excellent mentorship of UC Irvine graduate students.

Student Nominees 

  1. Must have shown excellent mentorship of fellow UC Irvine graduate students.
  2. Must be making satisfactory academic progress.

Postdoctoral Scholar Nominees

  1. Must have shown excellent mentorship of UC Irvine graduate students or fellow postdoctoral scholars.

Please confirm that the nominee holds a postdoctoral title with UCI before submitting a nomination. 

Evaluation Criteria

It is desirable that the student/faculty/postdoc takes initiative as a mentor, and for whom mentoring is a habit. 

Elements of the Proposal 

  1. Completed application, including, in 250 words or less, why you feel that the student/faculty/postdoc is an excellent mentor to other UCI students.

*Awardees will receive more specific information regarding procedures and guidelines for receipt of funds.


Submission deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. 

Awards Announcement: Friday, February 2, 2018

Submit proposals to: Turner Dahl, 


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 pision 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

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:
Fall 2017: December 8, 2017

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.