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
 

Fletcher Jones Fellowship 2019-2020 

Deadline: August 20, 2019

The UC Office of the President has announced the Fletcher Jones Fellowship Program for 2019-2020. This highly prestigious award provides a doctoral student with a one-year fellowship in the amount of approximately $22,290. Each campus may make one award, the recipient to be chosen by a committee constituted by the Graduate Dean. Students from all Ph.D. programs are eligible.

Since this award will be disbursed monthly throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, nominated students must not plan to graduate before the conclusion of Spring Quarter 2020. As this fellowship is intended to support doctoral degree completion, students demonstrating a clear plan and strong likelihood of filing their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year will be given the strongest consideration.
Each School may nominate one outstanding doctoral student who meets the following minimum criteria:

  • Shows financial need
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  • Has a UCI GPA of 3.8 or better through Spring Quarter 2019
  • Has advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.
  • Is making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree
  • Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Application Process

All individual student applications and materials must be submitted to the student's program/department by Tuesday, August 20 at 4pm and must include the following (incomplete applications be not be accepted):

  1. A complete Student Information Form
    1. 100-word statement of financial need (note any gaps in support, dependents, etc.)
    2. 100-word student profile
    3. 500-word statement by the nominee describing their research project, progress to date, and plan for completion. Nominees should describe their research in terms that are accessible to a general audience since the reviewers may not be in their field.
  2. A Current CV
  3. Letter of Recommendation from the students faculty advisor/mentor (this letter should address the student's financial need, interpersonal and leadership abilities, satisfactory academic progress, and expected date of degree completion)

**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 also review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for AY 2019-2020 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.


Holmes Fellowship 2019-2020 

Deadline: September 1, 2019

The Paul and Beverly Holmes Fellowship Program supports graduate students doing research in the area of the Technology and Theory of Navigational and Guidance Devices for Flight Vehicles. A Holmes Fellowship provides partial support for tuition, fees and stipend, typically for one year. Graduate students in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and aerospace engineering are eligible provided there is a convincing plan to conduct research in the area supported by the Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, considering the quality of the nominee’s academic record and the evidence that the nominee and his/her research advisor will conduct research in the area specified above, during the period of fellowship support. Preference is given to students who are already working with an advisor on an appropriate topic and have already demonstrated some progress in their research; note that this is a change from targeting incoming students as in previous years. Preference is also given to nominations that propose cost-sharing either from the advisor or the advisor’s department.

This is a call for nominations for the 2019-20 academic year, including the 2020 summer. Faculty are the nominators and should submit the nominations. Nominations should be developed collaboratively with the student. Nominations should (i) identify the student, his/her research advisor, and the home department (ii) propose a research topic, (iii) describe how the research and the student’s interests relate to the technology and theory of navigational and guidance devices, (iv) state the advisor’s qualifications for guiding the project (e.g., related prior extramural funding, peer-reviewed publications, etc.),  (v) specify the desired type and length of support, mentioning cost-sharing if applicable, and (vi) for a new student, include a copy of the student’s UCI graduate program application materials; for a continuing student, include a copy of the student’s UCI transcript.

Faculty nominations should be submitted via email to Professor Andrei M. Shkel  (andrei.shkel@uci.edu), Chair, Holmes Fellowship Committee, by 5:00 pm, September 1st, 2019.

 

Research Translation Group (RTG) Fellowship 2019

Deadline: September 30, 2019

The Research Translation Group (RTG) at UCI Beall Applied Innovation is accepting fellowship applications for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in engineering who are interested in university technology transfer. Those interested should submit their resume and a completed questionnaire to RTG@uci.edu. Qualifications and requirements for this part-time, paid fellowship are provided in the flyer.

Applications are due on September 30, 2019.

RTG provides a number of services for the University including processing invention disclosures, patenting inventions and connecting industry partners to relevant Licensing/Collaboration opportunities. RTG also has a strong group of fellows in both Life Sciences and Engineering, who help them conduct technology assessments, patent searching for references, write invention summaries and initial market research of UCI inventions. In addition, you will serve as a resource to RTG and UCI’s startup/inventor community. 

For questions, please contact Stephen Ro (ssro@uci.edu). 

 

ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards 2019-2020

Deadline: September 11, 2019

ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards are intended to recognize and reward our most academically superior doctoral students exhibiting outstanding promise as scientists, researchers and leaders. Each Scholar will receive an award in the amount of $5,000 per year for two years; the second year is contingent upon continued satisfactory academic progress. Thus, selection during 2019-20 is expected to result in an aggregate two-year award of $10,000. ARCS funding is in addition to existing support and may not be used as a substitute for other university support. 

More information about the ARCS Foundation and Scholar Awards may be found on the Graduate Division website.

Eligibility

  • Must have achieved a graduate level UC GPA of 3.5 or better through Spring quarter 2019.
  • Must have completed at least two years of full-time graduate study at UCI and have at least two years remaining before degree completion.
  • Must be making satisfactory progress toward their degree goal.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have identified their individual area of research interest and be willing to prepare a poster of their research for display at the ARCS Scholar Awards dinner to be held in March 2020.
  • Must have exhibited excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities during their academic program.
  • Students must be available for a brief interview in which the candidate will be asked to speak articulately about his/her career goals and research.  Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, September 18.

Application Materials

  1. A completed Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Student Biographical Profile with a 100-word student biography
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. A statement by the awardee of no more than 2-3 pages in length describing their research project (in terms that are accessible to a general audience), progress to date, and plan for completion
  4. A confidential evaluation of the student by their faculty advisor (multiple letters are acceptable)

All materials must be submitted to your department/program by 4pm on Wednesday, September 11. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

 

Chancelor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship 2019-2020

Deadline: October 2, 2019

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the AY 2019-2020 competition for the Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowships. Chancellor’s Club Fellowships are intended to recognize our most academically superior doctoral students — those who exhibit outstanding promise as scholars, researchers, and public leaders.

Award Amount
Each Chancellor’s Club Fellowship recipient will be awarded a six-month stipend to total $12,000 for the period of January 2020 through June 2020. Chancellor's Club funding is in addition to existing support and may not be used as a substitute for other university support.

Applicant Qualifications
Nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Plan to complete their Ph.D. by the end of fall quarter 2020
  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  • Be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be willing to present their dissertation research at a Chancellor’s Club dinner or other function
  • Exhibit excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  • Be a first-generation college student, with neither parent having received a four-year degree

Stipulations:

  • Students receiving this award are required to file all final degree paperwork by the end of fall quarter 2020. 
  • The faculty advisor’s letter of recommendation should include the student’s expected graduation date and express the advisor’s level of confidence in the student’s ability to complete as planned.
  • 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 also review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for AY 2019-2020 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.

Application Process

All individual student nominations must consist of a single PDF file and contain the following scanned items in order:

  1. Completed Chancellor's Club Fellowship Student Information Form, including the financial need, student profile, and student research sections.
  2. The student's current curriculum vitae.
  3. A confidential letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor/mentor including the student's planned term of graduation and expressing the advisor's level of confidence in the student's ability to complete as planned. (May either be submitted by the student to their graduate coordinator, or directly submitted to their graduate coordinator by the student’s advisor)

All materials must be submitted to your department or program graduate coordinator by NOON on Wednesday, October 2.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

Public Impact Fellowship 2019-2020

Deadline: October 17, 2019

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). There will be 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 2020, 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 25, 2019.
  • 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 Monday, November 18, 2019. Remote participation is not permitted.
  • 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:
    • 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

All materials must be submitted to your department or program graduate coordinator by NOON on Thursday, October 17.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

 

Outside UCI
 

2020 Microsoft Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: August 15, 2019

Nominations are now open for the Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship as well as the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. Doctoral students must be nominated by the department chair’s office in their field of study by August 15, 2019. Students will then be contacted to submit their proposals by September 20, 2019.

The Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship aims to increase diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields in North America. Each nominee should help us increase the opportunities for students who are underrepresented in the field of computing. This includes those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability. The award for second year PhD students covers tuition and fees for three years and a $42,000 USD stipend annually.

In its thirteenth year, the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is for third year PhD students attending a North American university who are conducting research in computing-related fields. The award covers tuition and fees for two years and includes an annual $42,000 USD stipend.

For both awards, students’ research must be closely related to the general research areas carried out by Microsoft Research. In addition to the funding mentioned above, Microsoft will arrange and pay for travel and accommodations for recipients of the awards to attend a two-day workshop at Microsoft Research’s Redmond campus in the fall.

You can read more about the fellowships and find nomination instructions at https://aka.ms/AdaLovelace-Fellowship and https://aka.ms/PhD-Fellowship. For more information on all of our academic programs, visit aka.ms/msrprog. For questions, please contact Microsoft Research Fellowship Program msfellow@microsoft.com.

 

Facebook Fellowship Program 2019

Deadline: October 4, 2019

The Facebook Fellowship Program is 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 and supports talented students from traditionally under-represented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record and recommendation letters.

Winners of the Fellowship are entitled to receive two years of tuition and fees paid, a stipend of $37,000 each year and up to $5,000 in conference travel support.

https://research.fb.com/programs/fellowship/#About


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be full-time PhD students currently involved in on-going research who are enrolled in an accredited university in any country
  • Students' work must be related to one or more relevant disciplines (see research areas below)
  • Students must be enrolled during the academic year(s) the Fellowship is awarded


Research Areas:

  • Applied Statistics
  • AR/VR Photonics and Optics
  • AR/VR Privacy and Ethics
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • Computational Social Science
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision
  • Compute Storage and Efficiency
  • Distributed Systems
  • Economics and Computation
  • Instagram/Facebook App Well-being and Safety
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Networking and Connectivity
  • Privacy and Data Use
  • Programming Languages
  • Security/Privacy
  • Social and Economic Policy
  • Spoken Language Processing and Audio Classification
  • Structured Data Stores
  • Systems for Machine Learning


President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering

US Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Amount: $111,200 per year for three years

http://www.sandia.gov/careers/students_postdocs/fellowships/truman_fellowship.html

This three-year fellowship is named for President Truman who charged Sandia in 1949 with providing "an exceptional service in the national interest" - a motto that leads Sandia to excel to this day. Truman Fellows conduct independent ground-breaking research that supports Sandia's national-security mission. Fellows choose their own research topics and benefit by having access to Sandia's state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with some of the nation's best scientists and engineers. Fellows may work at either of Sandia's principal locations in New Mexico and California.


Eligibility

- Ph.D. awarded within the past three years at the time of application or completed Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment 
- Excellent academic and research qualifications 
- Evidence of exceptional technical accomplishments, leadership, and ability to thrive in a dynamic, team-oriented environment 
- Candidates must be seeking their first national laboratory appointment (pre-postdoc internships acceptable) 
- Ability to obtain a DOE "Q" clearance, which requires US citizenship