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.

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UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows

Deadline: September 21, 2020

OVPTL and Grad Division are together coordinating the UCI campus applications for the second annual class of the UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows. These fellows can be undergraduate, graduate students or post-doctoral scholars and will be supported to attend the Lindau Interdisciplinary Meeting being held from June 27 through July 2, 2021 in Lindau, Germany.  This year’s program will concentrate on the fields of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research. 

The UC will send 20 fellows to the meeting, and each campus may nominate up to 5 fellows. We encourage anyone who is eligible to apply for this opportunity! We plan to send a strong mix of students and post-docs at all levels.  Selection criteria for this opportunity can be found here:

*Please submit the below materials in ONE SINGLE PDF named FAMILYNAME_FIRSTNAME_Lindau.pdf, then email it to Turner Dahl by Monday, September 21 by 5:00 p.m.. Selections will be made and forwarded to UCOP shortly after. 

Applications must include: 

  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Statement of Commitment to attend the entire meeting in Lindau (June 27 through July 2, 2021)
  • Statement of purpose in attending the meeting and how an applicant’s background satisfies the criteria for selection. For the 2021 interdisciplinary science meeting, this statement must emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the applicant’s work.

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Deadline: September 25, 2020

This is a national invention competition that recognizes individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions. They are conducting a nationwide search for the most inventive graduate students to compete for the 2021 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
The competition is open to students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcare, food/water and agriculture, transportation and mobility, and consumer devices and products. Inventions are not limited to class projects or thesis work, and any side/personal projects could also be considered. Patents are encouraged but not required. In each of the four prize categories, graduate student winners are awarded $15,000. In addition, winners receive a national media campaign, exposure to investment and business communities, and a paid trip to an awards celebration.
Students can begin filling out the online application now. Complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements are available here

Facebook Fellowship

Deadline: October 1, 2020

The Facebook Fellowship is a global program designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university. 

The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study. People of diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply, especially those from traditionally under-represented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record, and recommendation letters.

The Fellowship award includes:

  • Tuition and fees paid for the academic year (up to two years/four semesters)
  • A $42,000 annual stipend to cover living and conference travel costs
  • Paid visit to Facebook headquarters for the annual Fellowship Summit (pending COVID-19 restrictions)

For more information, go to For any questions, please contact

Students can begin filling out the online application now. Complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements are available here

Public Impact Fellowship

Deadline: October 19, 2020

Public Impact Fellowships highlight and support PhD or MFA students whose current research has the potential for substantial impact in the public sphere. Ideal candidates will be involved in research designed to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Californians and/or national and global communities. The final selection committee will consider several factors when choosing the awardees, including each student's presentation, interview, ability to convey their research to a broad audience, academic record, letters of recommendation, degree progress, and potential research impact.

Award Amount
Four Public Impact Distinguished Fellows will each receive $12,000 to be used as a stipend.. Ten Public Impact Fellows will each receive $1,000 to be used as a stipend. Awarded students may choose to accept their awards during Winter or Spring quarter, or over both quarters, at their discretion.

Applicant Qualifications
Nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be a current, full-time doctoral student
  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  • If a doctoral student, be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. by October 23, 2020.
  • Conduct research that has critical public impact. (Examples of relevant research include studies that aim to improve economic opportunity and well-being, health care, social justice, political participation, cultural engagement, and scientific or technical solutions to pressing social issues.)
  • Be willing to have research spotlighted/featured on both the Graduate Division’s and UCI’s website, brochures and social networks, and be able and available to effectively communicate and discuss their research in lay terms with prospective donors, legislators and/or their staff, and the media during Winter and Spring quarters.
  • If selected as a finalist, students must be available to give a brief in-person presentation to the selection committee, with no visual aids, immediately followed by a brief interview. These presentations and interviews will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
  • If selected as an awardee, students must be available to attend a lunch in early Winter Quarter and accompany Vice Provost and Graduate Dean to Sacramento for Graduate Research Advocacy Day in the event they are selected to participate.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Public Impact Student Information Form and save it as a Microsoft Word document (Must be saved as "IMPACT APP - SID#.doc", e.g. "IMPACT APP - 12345678.doc")
  2. Please email the following materials to your Department’s Graduate Coordinator:
    1. Completed Student Information Form saved as a Microsoft Word document using the naming convention described above
    2. PDF of the completed Student Information Form with your signature
    3. Your current CV
    4. Letter of recommendation from your primary faculty advisor/PI

All materials must be submitted to your department or program graduate coordinator by 9am on Monday, October 19.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For more information on the fellowship, contact your Department Graduate Coordinator or Turner Dahl at


Deadline: October 21, 2020

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

GRFP welcomes applications from individuals who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM Education and who meet the eligibility requirements.

Complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements are available here

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities – Fall 2021 (NSTGRO21)

Deadline: November 2, 2020, by 6 PM ET/3 PM PT

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen, U.S. national and permanent resident graduate student research that has significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. 

NASA Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities - Fall 2021 (NSTGRO21), available at

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Pursuing or seeking to pursue advanced degrees directly related to space technology -- only technical degrees are permitted (i.e., not degrees in policy or management). Students who are or will be enrolled in a joint or dual professional degree/PhD program are not eligible nor are students who are on leave from such a program or a professional degree program.
  • U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. at the time of proposal submission. The term "nationals" refers to native residents of a possession of the United States such as American Samoa.
  • Have or will have a bachelor’s degree prior to the Fall 2021 term
  • Are or will be enrolled in a full-time master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university – which, in general, is also the university submitting the proposal (specific exceptions are identified above) – in Fall 2021 (awards may not be deferred)
  • Meet one of the eligibility profiles described in Table 2. NSTGRO21 Eligibility Profiles are listed here)
  • If seeking support in pursuit of a master’s degree, require at least 1 full year of support from Fall 2021 (see here for more information)
  • If seeking support in pursuit of a doctoral degree, require at least 2 full years of support from Fall 2021 (see here for more information)

For more information on this opportunity, please go to

For any questions, please email the Space Technology Research Grants Program at