Active Fellowship Opportunities

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 (3100 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.

The Office of Research Development offers a grant review/editing service to faculty, graduate students, and their support staff who would like "another pair of eyes." Generally, turn around is less than two or three days. Contact is Randy Black, Research Development Manager, at rbblack@uci.edu.

Current Listings (scroll down for details)

Within UCI

National Fellowship Incentive Program - March 13, 2015

Faculty Mentor Program - March 30, 2015

President's Dissertation Year Fellowship - March 30, 2015

Outside of UCI

Brown University Hibbitt Engineering Fellows Program - April 20, 2015

The Robert Wiegel Scholarship for Coastal Studies - July 1, 2015


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 June 30, 2014 and June 1, 2015. 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/grad/support/external. 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 2015 deadline is March 13, 2015.


To apply, please submit the following materials:

    1) A completed National Fellowship Incentive Program Application Form with all signatures

    1) A copy of the fellowship application materials (i.e., proposals, statements, etc.)

    2) 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 Nadia Ortiz at nortiz@uci.edu or at 5400 Engineering Hall.


Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Doctoral graduate students only.
  • Nominees must indicate an interest in an academic career in teaching and research.
  • Nominees must be United States citizens, permanent residents or DACA eligible.
  • Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students must enroll in 12 units (full-time) during each quarter of fellowship tenure.
  • Nominees must qualify as a diversity student as defined by the UC system and demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics: 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; Academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect educationally disadvantaged segments of society; Demonstrated evidence of an intention to use the awarded doctoral degree toward serving educationally underrepresented segments of society.
  • Priority will be given to students who are involved with DECADE.
  • Doctoral students in any department or graduate program, who are not yet at the dissertation stage, but are currently engaged in research with a faculty mentor: Pre-advancement before April 13th deadline.
  • Students must be meaningfully engaged in research or creative scholarship with a designated faculty mentor.

EXPECTATIONS SPECIFIC TO THIS FELLOWSHIP:

  • Fellows are expected to function as graduate student researchers (GSR) during the fall quarter of their award year and to 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.

Funding: Student is supported for one year

Year 1:

  • One year of fellowship support, including a yearly stipend of $21,600 (paid over a nine-month period, Oct. 1 to June 1) and full resident tuition and fees, paid directly by UCI Graduate Division.      
  • Departments also provide a minimum 20% ($4,320) supplement to the fellowship. Funds can be covered from one or more sources (e.g., stipend, GSAR, GSR, or TA-ship). However, employment may not exceed 24% time without exceptional approval.
  • Out-of-state tuition is NOT covered by this fellowship award.

Application Procedure:
Student must:

1) Complete the FMP Application and submit the Word application form as a Word document via email to their department by Monday, March 30, 2015.

2) Application forms should be saved in Word as "Award name - SID#.doc or .docx", e.g. "FMP - 12345678.doc".

3) Turn in the following to his/her department, saved in the following order:

  • FMP Application form.
  • Student's Curriculum Vitae.
  • Unofficial transcripts (including most recent Fall quarter grades).
  • Mentoring Plan that includes a schedule of training goals and activities for the 12-month time period. This plan must detail how the student will be mentored in order to achieve degree completion. Mentoring can occur both through the student’s interaction with the faculty advisor and through the student’s participation in departmental activities that are designed to augment students’ academic success (2-4 pages).
  • A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will serve as the mentor, describing the mentor relationship and the project that the student will complete during the 12-month period, and the role of the student on this project.
  • A detailed listing of all extramural, departmental and Graduate Division fellowships or other support the student has been or is expected to be awarded, including year and amount awarded.

Please visit this link for more information: http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity/FMP.html

Call for Applications


President's Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Doctoral graduate students only.
  • Nominees must indicate an interest in an academic career in teaching and research.
  • Nominees must be United States citizens, permanent residents or DACA eligible.
  • Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students must enroll in 12 units (full-time) during each quarter of fellowship tenure.
  • Nominees must qualify as a diversity student as defined by the UC system and demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics: 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; Academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect educationally disadvantaged segments of society; Demonstrated evidence of an intention to use the awarded doctoral degree toward serving educationally underrepresented segments of society.
  • Priority will be given to students who are involved with DECADE.
  • The program is open to all doctoral candidates who are advanced to candidacy by the time of their nomination and who are in the writing stage of their dissertation.
  • Nominees must be within their academic department’s time-to-doctorate degree guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Students in Doc 2A status are not eligible.

EXPECTATIONS SPECIFIC TO THIS FELLOWSHIP:

  • Fellows must file their dissertation by the Summer 2016 filing deadline. Financial penalties will be imposed on the department/school if the deadline is not met.
  • 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. Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • 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.

Funding: Student is supported for one year (specifically their last year of study)

  • One year of fellowship support, including a yearly stipend of $21,600 and full resident tuition and fees, paid directly by the UCI Graduate Division.
  • Departments also provide a minimum 20% supplement ($4,320) to the fellowship. Funds may be from one or more source, (e.g, stipend or GSR). However, GSR employment may not exceed 24% time without exceptional approval.
  • $500 academic travel stipend.
  • Out-of-state tuition is NOT covered by this fellowship award.

Application Procedure:
1) Students should complete UCI's PDY Fellowship Award Form and submit the Word application form as a Word document via email to their department by Monday, March 30, 2015.

2) Application forms should be saved in Word as "Award name - SID#.doc or .docx", e.g. "FMP - 12345678.doc"

3) Turn in the following to his/her department, saved in the following order:

  • PDY Application form.
  • Student's Curriculum Vitae.
  • Unofficial transcripts (including most recent Fall quarter grades).
  • Mentoring Plan that includes a timeline of expected progress for completion of the dissertation. Be sure to justify the timeline feasibility for completion by Summer 2016.
  • A listing of seminars (minimum of two) that the student will present on his/her research during the dissertation year with specific locations and times.
  • A detailed listing of all extramural, departmental and Graduate Division fellowships or other support the student has been awarded in the past, including year and amount awarded.
  • A written reference from the dissertation advisor assessing the candidate's merits in comparison with other students at the same stage in their graduate careers. Comments should include such indicators as the student's demonstrated academic and scholarly competence, the length of time from the first quarter of enrollment to advancement to candidacy, and feasibility of completing the dissertation within the award year.
  • A statement of intent from the student regarding his/her career goals after receiving the doctoral degree.

Please visit this link for more information: http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity/PDY.html

Call for Applications


Brown University School of Engineering

Hibbitt Engineering Fellows Program

Deadline: April 20, 2015

Brown Engineering is recruiting exceptionally talented researchers who have received their PhD degree in engineering, or an engineering-related discipline, within the past year, or who expect to do so by July 2015, and who aspire to create independent research and pursue careers as leaders of innovation.

Successful candidates will be selected in the fields of biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, fluids and thermal sciences, materials science, mechanics of solids, chemical, biochemical, environmental engineering, and engineering design together with technology entrepreneurship.

The Hibbitt Engineering Fellows will receive an annual salary plus benefits and an additional research and travel stipend. Anticipated start date for these full-time positions is in July 2015.

Application:

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by April 20, 2015 online through https://apply.interfolio.com/28252. The positions will remain open until filled.

Brown University strongly values racial, ethnic, and gender diversity and applicants from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. These Fellowships are provided by a generous gift from Susan and David Hibbitt.

For more information: http://brown.edu/go/hibbit-fellow


The Robert L. Wiegel Scholarship for Coastal Studies

Sponsored by The California Shore and Beach Preservation Association
Scholarship Fund Management The San Diego Foundation

DEADLINE: July 1, 2015

Award Overview:
This scholarship of at least $1,000 annually honors a graduate student pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral Degree at a California university or college whose work best exemplifies the passion for coastal science/engineering that has typified the career work of Robert L. Wiegel, Professor Emeritus of Coastal Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Since 1946, Professor Wiegel’s involvement as an investigator, instructor, mentor, advisor, and consultant to students, private industry, public utilities, and government agencies (both national and international) has spanned virtually every phase of coastal and oceanographic research.

 

Award Criteria:

  • The award will be made to a student pursuing a Master’s Degree or in the early phases of a doctoral program at a California university or college.
  • The study must deal with a coastal problem occurring in the marine environment (e.g. beaches, the nearshore zone, ports/harbors, coastal rivers and bluffs, lagoons, and wetlands) preferably in the State of California. The search for a solution to the problem should be a study goal.
  • Preference will be given to students who undertake field work with the intent of discovering the true nature of the problem while experiencing a wide-range of natural conditions.
  • The work must identify the importance of the research and the inter-related nature of the scientific/engineering findings with the social, economic, and environmental concerns so commonly encountered in the coastal zone.
  • As promoted by Prof. Wiegel throughout his career, the work must demonstrate a high level of scholarship, in which the applicant must clearly state the importance of the work and indicate what related research has been previously conducted.

 

Application Requirements:

  • A concise description of the study indicating final results or research findings to date (5 pages maximum)
  • An annotated bibliography showing knowledge of pertinent previously published research
  • A statement of support from an academic advisor or educational mentor
  • A personal statement regarding the research effort

Award Calendar:

  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2015
  • Award Announced: September 1, 2015
  • Grant Awarded: October 15, 2015

 

Submit Applications to:

Wiegel Scholarship for Coastal Studies

c/o CSBPA

882A Patriot Drive

Moorpark, CA 93021

pgadd@coastalfrontiers.com