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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Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)

Deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021 by 12PM (Noon)

The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Fellowship is designed to increase the number of students who complete their Ph.D. degree and successfully acquire a faculty appointment. Fellows are expected to participate in meaningful research and, eventually, developing an independent project. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Nominees must be current UCI Ph.D. students who are in the pre-advancement stage of their program, and must not be at the dissertation stage during the tenure of the award.

  • Nominees must demonstrate high potential and promise
  • Nominees must indicate an interest in an academic career in teaching and research
  • Nominees must be United States citizens, permanent residents or AB540 status.
  • Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Students must enroll full-time in 12 units during each quarter of fellowship tenure

Nominees must qualify as a diversity student, as defined by the University of California and demonstrate experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as socioeconomic or educational limitations, the absence of a family member who attended college, matriculation in a school with poor financial or curricular support, having a physical or learning disability or working long hours while attending school.

Application Process:

Students must submit the FMP Fellowship application form electronically to their department, along with the following:

  • A brief (2-4 page) Mentoring Plan that includes a schedule of training goals and activities for the 12-month time period
  • A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will serve as the mentor
  • Unofficial transcripts including most recent winter quarter grades
  • Student curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A detailed listing of all funding support received by the student
  • Save FMP Fellowship application form as “FMP APP– SID#" (FMP APP-12345678) and send to your department prior to the department deadline

If you have any questions about the FMP, please contact Craig Farmer at ckfarmer@uci.edu.


Presidents Dissertation Year Fellowship (PDY)

Deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021 by 12PM (Noon)

The President’s Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship is intended for students in their final year of graduate study, who are planning to pursue teaching and research appointments soon after their dissertation fellowship year. This award assists graduate students with the completion of their dissertation, and enhances their qualifications as candidates for university faculty teaching and research appointments by providing professional opportunities needed to successfully obtain a faculty appointment.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nominees must be current UCI Ph.D. students who are in their last year of graduate study and who have advanced to candidacy by Fall 2020.
  • Nominees must be U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents or AB540 status.
  • Nominees must be able to file their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year (Summer 2021). Financial penalties will be imposed on the program/school if fellows do not file their dissertation by the summer filing deadline at the end of the award year.
  • Nominees may not be past their academic program’s maximum time-to-degree.
  • Nominees must not have previously received dissertation funding from any source in support of a final dissertation year, or during the tenure of this award.
  • Fellows are required to participate in the President's Dissertation Year Conference hosted by University of California's Office of the President. Traditionally, the conference is held in Northern California during the fall of the award year; however, the time of year and location are subject to change. Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • Nominees must qualify as a diversity student as defined by the University of California and demonstrate experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as socioeconomic or educational limitations, the absence of a family member who attended college, matriculation in a school with poor financial or curricular support, having a physical or learning disability or working long hours while attending school.
  • Fellows are required to present a seminar on their dissertation research twice during the award period.
  • Please Note: Fellows are prohibited from being employed as a TA or GSR during the term of this fellowship. GSR employment may not exceed 24% time without exceptional approval.

Application Process:

Students must submit the PDY Fellowship application form electronically to the department, along with the following (please clearly label each section):

  • The student's dissertation prospectus (max 4 pages, double spaced), which is a timeline for the completion of your dissertation
  • Provide a brief introduction of your dissertation project
  • Provide a summary for each of your dissertation chapters. Include dates of completion and/or prospective completion dates, and plans for completing unfinished chapters.
  • Include a plan for completing the writing and submitting of your dissertation to your committee for review, and when you plan to defend
  • Personal Statement
  • A brief statement of intent from the student regarding career objectives
  • Mentoring plan that includes a timeline of expected progress for completion of the dissertation (this should be co-written by both the student and advisor)
  • Student curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Unofficial transcripts including Winter Quarter 2021 grades
  • A list of proposed seminars (minimum of two) in which the student will present his/her research during the dissertation year
  • A detailed listing of all funding/support received by student
  • Include a written reference from the dissertation advisor
  • Save PDY Fellowship application forms as “PDY APP–SID#" (PDY APP-12345678) and send to your department prior to the department deadline

If you have any questions about the PDY, please contact Craig Farmer at ckfarmer@uci.edu.


Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF)

Deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021 by 12PM (Noon)

The UCI Graduate Division is pleased to announce a fellowship for students nearing completion of their dissertations/thesis. The Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship aims to increase dissertation and thesis completion amongst doctoral and MFA students. This award is intended for students in their final year of graduate study who have a realistic expectation of degree completion during the 2021-2022 academic year. The award will allow students to forgo their non-research related employment obligations to concentrate on completing their degree.

Forms:

Qualifications:

  • Full-time Ph.D./MFA students nearing the completion of their dissertation or thesis
  • Nominees must provide evidence in their application that the timeframe to file their degree is reasonable 
  • Academic merit
  • Need for release from non-research related employment
  • Realistic expectation that the student is near degree completion
  • Nominees may not be past their academic program’s maximum time-to-degree

Stipulations:

  • GDDF fellows are required to file their dissertation during the 2021-2022 academic year and must file their degree no later than summer 2022.  
  • Department/Schools/Colleges will be required to re-pay the awarded funds to the Graduate Division if the filing requirement is not met. 
  • GDDF fellows cannot hold any university employment including but not limited to TA/Associate/Reader/Tutor or GSR/GSAR/ positions during the summer fellowship term but may hold employment during the 2021-2022 academic year. 
  • GDDF fellows are no longer eligible for Graduate Division fellowship funding after the end of the summer fellowship term. 
  • 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 review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for the 2021-2022 academic year to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.

Application Process:

Students should submit a complete GDDF application form as a Microsoft Word document via e-mail to their department. 

Students: complete and submit the GDDF application form electronically to their academic department, along with the following:

  • Student Statement (500 words max)
    • Brief description of status of research and progress to date 
    • Detailed plan & timeline for completion
    • Explanation of how fellowship will help complete degree within timeframe. Review the application for additional details.
    • Description of past employment while a graduate student
    • Listing of all extramural, departmental, and Graduate Division fellowships or other financial support received, including pending applications with year and amount
  • Supplemental Documents 
    • Confirm internal deadlines with your academic department
    • Current version of the student’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • UCI unofficial academic transcript (with Winter 2021 grades)
    • Save the GDDF Fellowship Student Application form 
    • Combine all documents as “GDDFApp_Last Name_SID#.doc”, e.g. "GDDFApp_Gilman_12345678.doc"

If you have any questions about the GDDF, please contact Gabriella Pham at gapham@uci.edu.

 

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