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.


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National Fellowship Incentive Program 

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 fall 2018 and spring 2019. 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. 
 

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.

Deadlines:
Spring 2019 - June 7, 2019

Send completed applications as a single .pdf to Nina Alavi at nina.alavi@uci.edu

2018-2019 Continuing Student Fellowships

Deadlines  
Wednesday, March 6, 2019: Applications available for Continuing Student Fellowships
Friday, April 5, 2019:             Deadline for students to submit fellowship application to their department/program  
Thursday, April 11, 2019:      Deadline for departments/programs to submit nominations to the Graduate Student Affairs
Monday, April 22, 2019:        Deadline for Graduate Student Affairs to submit nominations to Graduate Division

General Diversity Fellowship Criteria (required for FMP and PDY):

  • US Citizen, US Permanent resident, or AB540 eligible
  • Demonstration of high potential or promise
  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • Interest in pursuing an academic career
  • Priority will be given to students who are involved in DECADE
Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)

Please find application form and more information here: https://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity-fellowships/faculty-mentor-program.php

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

  • Students should fill out an Application Form

  • Students: must submit the PDY 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 2019 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)
  • Submit to your department graduate coordinator by April 5, 2019.

President’s Dissertation Year (PDY)

Please find application form and more information here: https://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity-fellowships/presidents-dissertation-year.php

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.

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 (paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1) 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 (Summer 2020). 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 fall 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 GSR during the term of this fellowship. GSR employment may not exceed 24% time without exceptional approval.

Application Process

  • Students should fill out an Application Form
  • 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 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
    • 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 2019 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
  • Submit to your department/program graduate coordinator by April 5, 2019.

Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF)

Please find application form and more information here: https://grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/graduate-dean-dissertation.php

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 education who have a realistic expectation of degree completion during the 2019-2020 academic year.  The award will allow students to forgo their non-research related employment obligations to concentrate on completing their dissertation.

Students are required to include a listing of all extramural, departmental, and Graduate Division fellowships or other support the student has been or expects to be awarded (this includes pending applications), including year and amount in their Student Statement (GDDF Application)

Award Info

Quarterly awards (select up to three quarters): $6,000 stipend a quarter plus in-state tuition and fees (Fall, Winter or Spring) or $5,000 stipend for Summer

Qualifications

  • Full-time Ph.D. /M.F.A students nearing the completion of their dissertation or thesis
  • Nominees must provide evidence in their application that the timeframe to file their dissertation 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

Application Process

  • Student Application Form (to be completed by the student):
    • Check with your department for internal application deadlines
    • Students fill out the fillable/savable Microsoft Word application form
    • Students must complete and submit the GDDF Student Application form as a Microsoft Word document via e-mail to their department
  • Students must also submit the following to their ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT:
    • Student Statement
      • Brief description of status of research and progress to date
      • Detailed plan & timeline for completion
      • Explanation of how fellowship will help complete work within timeframe
      • Description of past employment while a doctoral student
      • List of all funding/fellowships the student has received or is expected to receive, including year and amount
    • Current version of the student’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • UCI unofficial academic transcript


Outside UCI


The Bill H. James Scholarship for Aspiring African-American Engineers

The scholarship is offered by the Bill H. James Foundation and endeavors to address the need for diversity in the engineering field and to support the education of deserving African-American students. Two scholarships will be awarded annually; one each to an undergraduate and a graduate student. The amount of the award may vary. 

 Consideration for this award is available to students who meet the following criteria:

  •       Must be an African-American/Black (non-Hispanic) U.S. citizen
  •       Must be pursuing a degree or course of study in an engineering program at an accredited four year college or university in California
  •       Must be entering their Junior or Senior year or pursuing a graduate degree in the 2019-2020 school year
  •       Must have a minimum GPA of 3.2
     

Additional information and an application portal is available here. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.