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 (located in Room C114 of the UCI Student 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 tutors 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 14, 2014

2013-14 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant - March 21, 2014

Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) - March 31, 2014

President's Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship - March 31, 2014

Gordon Hein Scholarship - May 30, 2014

Outside of UCI

None.

 


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, 2013 and June 1, 2014. 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 2014 deadline is March 14, 2014.

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 Tutor 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 .pdf to Amy Fujitani at amy.fujitani@uci.edu or at 5400 Engineering Hall.


2013-14 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant

The Graduate Student Affairs Office is pleased to announce that the Graduate Division has provided The Henry Samueli School of Engineering limited funding for 2013-14 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards. These funds are to be used for travel and scholarly activities for continuing graduate students. This allocation must be expended no later than June 15, 2014. Please read the following information carefully as some of the criterion and requirements have changed from previous years.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 21, 2014 by 4:30pm. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Each applicant is eligible to apply for up to $400.00 in School Travel Funds. All School Awarded Funds must be matched equally by faculty/department funds.

The criteria are as follows:

1) Travel must take place between July 1, 2013 and June 15, 2014.
2) The awardee must present at a conference in some capacity.
3) The awardee must be within the normative time to degree time limits.
4) A strong preference will be given to presenters who have submitted a conference paper, either as an author or co-author.
5) Preference will be given to Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy by the end of the Summer 2013 term.
6) Students who have previously received the research and travel grant award are ineligible to apply.

To apply, students must:

1.  Submit the Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Application
2.  Attach the following materials to the application and submit it as a .pdf to Amy Fujitani at            amy.fujitani@uci.edu or at 5400 Engineering Hall by the above deadline:

  • A letter from your faculty advisor that: 1) Supports your request for travel funds, 2) Verifies that matching funds are available.
  • An itemized budget for the total travel funds requested.
  • A copy of the conference paper, abstract or poster (in 8 1/2" x 11" format).
  • A current CV/Resume

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 or permanent residents.
  • 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.
  • 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 31, 2014.

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.

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 or permanent residents.
  • 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 June 30 of their award year. 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 31, 2014.

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 June 30 of the award year.
  • 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.

Gordon Hein Scholarship

The Gordon Hein Scholarship provides financial support to master's degree (except MBA) or Ph.D. students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise are legally blind and have financial need. This award provides graduate aid of $30,000 (stipend) during Spring Quarter of the academic year of the award. 

Applicant Qualifications:
To be eligible for this fellowship, the student must be pursuing a Ph.D. or MS/MA/MFA degree and be blind or legally blind. The student must also have a FAFSA on file, have sufficient financial need and be in good academic standing. The application must be approved by the Director of Student Disability Services prior to submission to the Graduate Division.

Application Process:
Student is to complete the application form, obtain the signature of the Associate Dean Lee Swindlehurst via Amy Fujitani (in 5400 Engineering Hall) and send it to Susan Bertram (120 Aldrich Hall) along with the following:

  1. Apply for FAFSA -- If application is recent, please attach a copy of the confirmation document/email
  2. Recommendation Letter from Faculty Advisor or Department Chair
  3. Statement of research - Approximately one page
  4. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Gordon Hein Scholarship Application