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.


Current Listings (scroll down for details)

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  • Within UCI
    • National Fellowship Incentive Program 
      • Fall 2016 - December 2, 2016
      • Winter 2017 - March 17, 2017
      • Spring 2017 - June 9, 2017
    • 2016-17 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant - March 17, 2017 at 4pm
    • Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) - April 4, 2017
    • President's Dissertation Fellowship (PDY) - April 4, 2017
Outside UCI
  • Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant - April 7, 2017
 

Within UCI

NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP INCENTIVE PROGRAM

  • Fall 2016 - December 2, 2016
  • Winter 2017 - March 17, 2017
  • Spring 2017 - June 9, 2017

 

This $250 award is open to all Engineering graduate students with a GPA of 3.60 or higher who submit a national fellowship application between summer 2016 and spring 2017. Students must apply for the incentive funds during the same quarter that they apply for the fellowship. For a partial list of external fellowships, please visit: http://www.eng.uci.edu/current/graduate/financial-support/external-fellowships. Applications for the National Fellowship Incentive Program are accepted on a quarterly basis until funds are exhausted. Prior awardees may re-apply to receive a smaller award of $150. The Winter 2017 deadline is March 17, 2017. 

To apply, please submit the following materials:
    1) A completed National Fellowship Incentive Program Application Form with all signatures
    2) A copy of the fellowship application materials (i.e., proposals, statements, etc.)
    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 http://www.grad.uci.edu/services/grc/ or call 949-824-3849.

Send completed applications as a single .pdf to Connie Cheng at connie.cheng@uci.edu.

 

2016-17 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 2016-17 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, 2017.

The deadline for applications is March 17, 2017 by 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, 2016 and June 15, 2017.
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 2016 term.
6) Students who have previously received the research and travel grant award are ineligible to apply.

To apply, students must:

1. Submit the Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Application.
2. Attach the following materials to the application and submit it as a single .pdf to Connie Cheng at connie.cheng@uci.edu by the above deadline:

  • 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

 

FACULTY MENTOR PROGRAM

Overview

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 during the fall quarter of their award year and develop an independent project for the winter and spring quarters of the award year
  • Fellows are prohibited from being employed above 24% time during the tenure of this fellowship
  • Fellowship award recipients will be required to participate in UCI’s tracking of programs to assess student progress and eventual job placement

 

Award Information

  • One year of fellowship support paid directly by the Graduate Division, including a yearly stipend of $21,600 (paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1) and full resident tuition and fees
  • Graduate programs also provide a minimum 20% supplement to the fellowship ($4,320) 
  • $500 academic travel stipend
  • Non-resident tuition is NOT covered by this fellowship award

 

Eligibility

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

The deadline for students to submit application to academic department is Thursday, April 4, 2017.
Students should e-mail the completed FMP application form to their academic program along with the following materials:

  • Students must submit the FMP Fellowship application form electronically to the 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 student
  • Save FMP Fellowship application forms as “FMP APP– SID# (FMP APP-12345678)

 

PRESIDENT'S DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP

Overview

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 professional opportunities needed to successfully obtain a faculty appointment.

 

Award Info

The funding package includes:

  • One year of fellowship support paid directly by the UCI Graduate Division, including a yearly stipend of $21,600 and full resident tuition and fees.
  • Departments also provide a minimum 20% supplement ($4,320) to the fellowship.
  • $500 academic travel stipend.
  • Non-resident tuition is NOT covered by this fellowship award.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be current UCI Ph.D. students who are in their last year of graduate study and who have advanced to candidacy by the time of their nomination.
  • Nominees must be US Citizens, Permanent Residents or AB540 status.
  • Nominees must prove they will be able to file their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year. 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 UCOP.  Traditionally, the conference is held in Northern California during the spring of the award year; however, 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.
  • Fellows are prohibited from being employed as a TA or GSAR during the term of this fellowship. GSR employment may not exceed 24% time without exceptional approval.
 

Application Process

 

STUDENT INFORMATION:

  • Students deadline to submit to academic department is Thursday, April 4, 2017
  • Student should fill out an Application Form.
  • Students should e-mail the completed PDY application form to their program along with the following materials:
  • Students: must submit the PDY Fellowship application form electronically to the department, along with the following:
    • The student's dissertation prospectus (max 4 pages, double spaced), which is 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.
    • A 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 2016 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 deadlin

Outside UCI

MICROSOFT RESEARCH DISSERTATION GRANT 

Broadening participation in computing is a core part of Microsoft's values; accordingly, we are excited to introduce a new initiative, the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, that aims to recognize, support, and mentor diverse doctoral students as they complete their dissertation research in computing-related fields.

 

This grant program is open to doctoral students in their fourth year or beyond, studying computing topics at universities in the United States and Canada, who are from under-represented groups (women, African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or people with disabilities). The program allows students to apply for a research grant of up to $20,000 to support their dissertation research; grant recipients will also get to take part in a two-day career workshop at Microsoft Research Redmond this fall. Grant applications for 2017 will be due on April 7. You can read more about the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and find application instructions at http://aka.ms/msrgrant. Also, check out today’s blog announcement.