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.

Current Listings (scroll down for details)


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Within UCI

Otto W. Shaler Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, November 15th, 2021 at 5pm

The Graduate Division is pleased to invite applications for the Otto W. Shaler Scholarship. The Otto W. Shaler Scholarship provides financial support to international graduate students who have financial need, and who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise.  

Award Amount

This award provides resident fees and a stipend of $7,000 during Spring Quarter 2021. Nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition are not included. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • International students pursuing a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not eligible.
  • Must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

Application Process

  • Otto W. Shaler Scholarship Application Form - with all signatures 
  • Statement of financial need from faculty advisor
  • Recommendation letter from faculty advisor or department chair
  • Statement of research, written for reviewers in other fields – approximately one page
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Unofficial transcripts through Spring Quarter 2021
  • Copy of passport page showing country of citizenship. Residency will be verified via the student information system.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format to your department/program by 5pm on Monday, November 15th. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sonia Lepe at


Outside UCI

NDSEG Fellowship Program

Deadline: Friday, November 19th at 12pm (noon)

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program welcomes applicants who are interested in furthering their education in the disciplines of military importance compete for Fellowship opportunities listed under DoD’s Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research development. 


  • Citizenship
    • The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. Persons who hold permanent resident status are not eligible. Proof of citizenship will be required upon formal offer.  Dual Citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Education
    • Applicants are eligible if they have received or will receive a baccalaureate degree in the year of their fellowship application, are within first two years of their graduate study for a traditional program (Graduate (1st-2nd year), or within the first two years of a PhD (1st-2nd year) in science or engineering. This means in the Fall of 2022, if this is currently your second year of a PhD program, you would be entering into your third year, and would remain eligible.  If you are currently entering into your fourth year or more in a traditional PhD program, you would not be eligible.
  • Fields
    • All Engineering, Oceanography, Materials Science, Geosciences, Computer Science, Chemistry

Fellowship Application

  1. To apply please visit:
    1. When you visit the “Apply Now” link you will be prompted to create a login/password. The email address that you select will be the one utilized to communicate with you during and after the application period.
      1. After you have successfully created a login/password you will answer an Eligibility Quiz. If you have any questions regarding Eligibility please visit this link:
    2. Awardees will be notified in early April 2022 of their selection to the NDSEG Fellowship.
  2. For a list of application requirements please visit:
  3. For an explanation regarding BAAs and where to locate them please visit
    1. Each service will have specific BAAs so it’s important to review AFOSR, ARO, ONR and Space Force BAAs to determine which one aligns with your research.
  4. A complete application consists of the following:
    1. A contractor provided application form including contact information, demographic information, field of study, and proposed research in relevance to the DoD; 
    2. A proposed DoD sponsoring agency and research technical discipline area
    3. Official undergraduate transcript(s); and 
    4. Three (3) contractor provided Reference Evaluation Forms that capture professional assessment of candidate by individual references.
      1. If for any reason an application does not contain all the required elements, it will not be reviewed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the completeness of his or her application.
      2. You will not be able to submit your completed application until all your references have completed the Reference Evaluation Form on your behalf.


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