Graduate Financial Support

In addition to the funding options listed below, the Graduate Student Affairs Office often receives announcements for other University or outside fellowship opportunities.  Please refer to the Active Fellowship Opportunities website often, as new fellowships will be listed regularly.

Named Fellowships

Students are considered for the following automatically:

Henry Samueli Endowed Fellowship - One of the premier awards offered to incoming graduate students in the school. This award is funded by Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, after whom the school is named. Fourteen fellowships have been awarded at $25,000 each. The award is open to both terminal M.S. and Ph.D. students. It is a competitive award, rather than need based, and it is open to all graduate majors within the school. Applicants will be considered automatically, for this fellowship, no separate application materials are required.

Center for Pervasive Communications & Computing (CPCC) Fellowship - Graduate Fellowships within The Center for Pervasive Communications & Computing are available to Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and Information and Computer Science (ICS) students. Students with a strong academic background in the areas of communications and related subjects who are interested in pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. are eligible. To be considered, students must apply to the graduate program in electrical and computer engineering or computer science at UC Irvine, no separate application is necessary.

Micro Fellowship - A one year fellowship for Electrical and Computer Engineering students, it is made available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. It includes fees and a stipend, and for non-residents, it also includes tuition. M.S. and Ph.D. students are eligible.

Kleist Endowed Fellowship - This fellowship is for Electrical and Computer Engineering or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students and is made available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. This fellowship is funded by Robert Kleist, CEO and President of Printronix, Inc., located in Irvine, California. Both M.S. and Ph.D. students may be considered for the award. The award includes a monthly stipend, fees and non-resident tuition.  No separate application is necessary to be considered for this fellowship.

Parker Hannifin Fellowship - The fellowship is for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students and is made available to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students. Students who are M.S. and Ph.D. candidates may be considered for the award. The award includes a monthly stipend, fees and non-resident tuition.  No separate application is necessary to be considered for this fellowship.

Hostetter Fellowship - This fellowship is to be awarded to a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department at UC Irvine. This award will supplement other fellowship support or financial aid that the student is receiving to help pay for tuition and fees.  No separate application is necessary to be considered for this fellowship.

Holmes Endowed Fellowship - The Fellowship is available to Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students who have a demonstrated background and interest in flight systems navigation. The award is made available to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students. Students who are M.S. and Ph.D. candidates may be considered for the award. The award includes a monthly stipend, fees and non-resident tuition.  No separate application is necessary to be considered for this fellowship. Holmes Endowed Fellowship

The Henry T. Nicholas, III Research Fellowship - Established by the Nicholas Foundation, this fellowship supports two UC Irvine graduate students performing interdisciplinary research in the field of embedded systems. Fellowship recipients will be provided with a stipend in addition to payment of tuition and fees for one academic year. Fellows will be selected by an independent committee comprised of Center for Embedded Computer Systems (CECS) faculty and representatives from the Nicholas Endowment. Applications can be obtained by contacting Professor Gajski at gajski@uci.edu.

Students need to submit a separate application to be considered for the following:

Balsells Fellowship - The Fellowship was established in the 1996-1997 academic year, and is funded in part by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the government of Catalonia, Spain and Peter Balsells, President and Owner of Bal Seal Engineering Company, Inc., in Foothill Ranch, California. Applicants for the Balsells Fellowship must be recent graduates or researchers with excellent academic records and the potential to make outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. The fellowship is only available to citizens of Spain who have graduated from a university in Catalonia and who fluently speak and write English, Catalan and Spanish. Prospective candidates should contact: Professor Roger H. Rangel, Balsells Fellowship Coordinator at rhangel@uci.edu. More...

NSF LifeChips IGERT - UC Irvine’s LifeChips IGERT program is a new graduate research program where students combine the practices of engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences and medicine to produce small-scale technologies that benefit human health. Six trainingship grants per year will be awarded to incoming first year domestic or permanent resident Ph.D. graduate students. Trainingships are for two years, in the amount of $30 K/year plus tuition and fees. Students interested in the LifeChips IGERT program should review the materials on the LifeChips website and submit an application. More information can be found at http://lifechips.inrf.uci.edu/public/index.php?n=Education.IGERT.

University Based Fellowships

The school receives fellowships each year from central UC Irinve administration funds to recruit new graduate students to campus and to support continuing students. There are two main types of funding sources available to faculty members for this purpose:

Block allocation - This allocation is used to provide Regents Fellowships for Ph.D. and M.S. students. Various types of awards are offered. Awards may cover fees, non-resident tuition and monthly stipend payments. Domestic and International student are eligible.  No separate application is necessary to be considered for this fellowship.

Corporate Scholarships/ Fellowships:

Conexant Systems, Inc. ($3,000)

One-time scholarship award offered to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Irvine. Awards are based on candidates meeting the following criteria: Graduate students:

  • Masters and Ph.D. level students in Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Engineering are eligible to apply 
  • Possess a minimum of 3.5 GPA in major
  • Registered as a full-time student
  • Interest in internship experience with Conexant before graduation (if available)
  • Ability to work in the U.S.

This scholarship is also offered to undergraduate level students, please click here (http://www.eng.uci.edu/undergrad/support) for more information. Additional criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Demonstrated financial need

Student employment

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) - Students selected for GSR appointments in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering work closely with a faculty member in an ongoing research project in a lab overseen by that faculty member. Opportunities for a GSR appointment are plentiful as all of our faculty members require student assistants to further their research projects. The selection process is first completed by committees during the admissions process. Students are selected for appointments based upon their background, interests and technical expertise, and matched with the needs of the faculty.  In subsequent years, students must seek out these appointments on their own by contacting professors in their areas of interest.

The GSR appointments vary and employment is offered between 25-49 percent time, involving a time commitment of 10-20 hours a week. GSR students receive a monthly salary as well as the payment of fees and tuition as a benefit of employment. Students who are M.S. and Ph.D. candidates may be considered for the award. Preference may be given to Ph.D. students.

Teaching Assistant (TA) - The Henry Samueli School of Engineering relies heavily on the support of TA's for instruction. TA's support faculty in undergraduate courses. They may lead discussion sections, grade tests, papers, and homework, counsel, and tutor students enrolled in a particular section of a course. Students are selected for appointment based upon the academic preparation, instructional needs of the department and the faculty. Service as a TA requires a time commitment of 10 or 20 hours per week. Quarterly fees are covered as a benefit of employment. International non-English speaking students must take and pass one of the English Proficiency exams for a TA appointment.  More information about these exams can be found at http://www.rgs.uci.edu/grad/students/esl_tests.htm. The selection process for teaching assistants is first completed in committees throughout the admissions process. In subsequent years, students must seek out these appointments on their own, by contacting departments through which they are interested in TAing.