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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  • Outside UCI
    • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships - October 16, 2017
    • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship - November 6, 2017

Within UCI

Public Impact Fellowship Competition 

Public Impact Fellowships highlight and support doctoral 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.

Award Amount
$12,000 (full award) or $1,000 (honorable mention award) to be used as a stipend. All schools are eligible to nominate students to compete for a total of fourteen fellowships. Each of the four full awardees will receive $12,000. Each of the ten honorable mention awardees will receive $1,000. Students may choose to accept the award during Winter or Spring 2018, or over both quarters, at their discretion. Please note that Public Impact Fellowships are intended to supplement, not replace, any funding that students may already be receiving.

Eligibility Criteria
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
1. Maintain UCI GPA of 3.7 or higher through Spring Quarter 2017.
2. Be a current, full-time doctoral student who has advanced to candidacy.
3. 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.)
4. 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.
5. 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 14, 2017.

Instructions for Students:
1. Complete the Student Information Form and save it as a Microsoft Word document (please save as "IMPACT APP - SID#.doc", e.g. "IMPACT APP - 12345678.doc")
2. Please email the following materials to your department/program’s graduate affairs staff member by end of day October 10, 2017: 

  • Completed Student Information Form saved as a Microsoft Word document using the naming convention described above
  • PDF of the completed Student Information Form with your signature.
  • Your current CV
  • Letter of recommendation from your primary faculty advisor/PI


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:
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

University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - November 1, 2017 

THE  PROGRAM. The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non‐traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.
AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at approximately $48,200 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid
vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research‐related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12‐months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.
ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.
APPLICATION. Apply online at:

Outside UCI

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships 

2017 American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships is available for researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide training leading to an independent career in cancer research. Applicant must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application.

The award amount of the scholarship is total $162,000 for three years.

The scholarship application deadline is October 16, 2017.

Applicants can get more information through the given link: American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships

Delores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship 

The will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen field of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.  The amount of each fellowship will cover the cost of tuition and a stipend of $18,000.  UCI may nominate three candidates for consideration.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • An applicant may be pursuing a program of study that includes any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
  • An applicant must have an outstanding undergraduate record.
  • An applicant must demonstrate financial need.
  • An applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America.

Application materials (hard copy, single-sided, not stapled):

  • Completed and signed application form (attached).
  • One copy of your personal vitae or resume.
  • One certified (official) copy of each undergraduate and graduate transcript to date.
  • One copy of your graduate exam test scores.
  • A Statement of Purpose up to three pages long (double-spaced) which considers the relationship between your graduate level study and your intended personal and/or professional goals.  The SOP must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in the three pages) that explains, in LAYMAN’S terms, the essence of your proposed topic of study or dissertation, the methodology of its treatment and its anticipated impact on your field of study.
  • Letters of Recommendation from at least two professors who have taught or worked closely with you.
  • One copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • One copy of your Financial Aid Summary from your school.
  • One copy of your Federal Income Tax Return for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).

Complete application packages (hard copy, single-sided, not stapled) should be submitted directly to Gina Anzivino in the Graduate Division (120 Aldrich Hall) no later than 12 noon on November 6, 2017.  Candidates should direct any questions to Gina at 949-824-8120 or