The goal of the Diversity Program is to achieve "a student population of men and women reflective of the population at large, inclusive of those traditionally under-represented in various academic fields and of all socioeconomic levels, physical disabilities, ages, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, and other attributes" (from the Graduate Division). These awards are for domestic applicants only. For more information, please visit http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity/index.html.
Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship: The Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship offers two years of centrally funded support which includes payment of student fees and a stipend of $12,500/year. Two additional years of support are awarded by the program. Nominees for this fellowship are required to have an "interest in an academic career in teaching and research." For more information, please visit http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity/ECR.php.
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship: The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship is designed for the domestic applicant who has experienced educational disadvantage in their education. The fellowship offers three years of support. The first year, funded centrally, pays student fees and a stipend of $10,000. The program provides two additional years of support. For more information, please visit http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity/GOF.html
Graduate Tuition Fellowship
The School of Social Sciences has limited funds for tuition support in two categories:Domestic students (US citizens and permanent residents): One year grant covering tuition for domestic students while they establish California residency.
International students: Tuition support may be awarded to international students for varying lengths (1-3 years) depending on availability of funds and the student's progress in the program.The annual value of non-resident tuition is currently $14,694
Social Science Merit Fellowship
This merit-based fellowship offers five years of guaranteed support to outstanding domestic and international applicants.
The first year includes:
- Payment of student fees
- One quarter of fellowship support
- Two quarters of employment as a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Student Researcher
- Summer (1st year) fellowship
The value of the first year package is approximately $25,000. The following four years include:
- Employment as a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Student Researcher
- Payment of student fees
- Two quarters of 'floating' fellowship (fees + stipend), at least one quarter of which must be used after the student advances to candidacy for the Ph.D.
International students who wish to qualify for this fellowship must first achieve a passing score on any one of five available English language proficiency examinations:
- Test of Spoken English (TSE) (discontinued March 31, 2010)
- Internet-based TOEFL and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- SPEAK Test (as offered at UCI only)
- Test of English Proficiency (TOEP)
Regents' Dissertation Writing Fellowships
This one quarter (non-renewable) fellowship consists of a $5,000 stipend plus payment of student fees. To qualify for the fellowship, all initial dissertation research should be completed, and you should be currently well into the writing phase of the dissertation. In addition to the recommendations of the Advisor and Graduate Director, the factors considered in final award decisions include your academic record and progress to date (including time since matriculation into the program), and the schedule for completion of all degree requirements. Identification of the most opportune time for this award is crucial and is a consideration in the decision as to who receive funds. Successful completion of the Ph.D. is expected no later than two quarters after the fellowship tenure.
Format of proposal: The proposal must include a nomination form, a statement describing the dissertation project (no more than two to three pages in length; discipline-specific jargon should be avoided if possible but explained when necessary), progress to date, a detailed schedule of completion, an academic memo of evaluation from the doctoral committee chair and your curriculum vitae which should list the number of quarters of fellowship support you have received to date.
Regents' Predissertation Fellowships:
This one quarter non-renewable fellowship is for students who are working on their candidacy advancement or initial dissertation research. It consists of a $5,000 stipend plus payment of student fees.
Format of proposal: Proposals must include a nomination form, a statement of your intended research (no more than two to three pages in length; discipline-specific jargon should be avoided if possible but explained when necessary). The statement of research should mention how your proposed research relates to your progress to date and your future plans for the dissertation. It should mention your degree of independence from your advisor and specific databases, experiments, etc. to be used. You will also need a letter of support from your advisor, and your curriculum vitae which should list the number of quarters of fellowship support you have received to date. There will be two calls for proposals, one in the fall and one in the spring.
Regents' Summer Fellowships
The School awards approximately 25-30 Regents' Summer Fellowships valued at $1500-$2500 each. Summer fellowship competitions are conducted by each graduate program and by many of the research centers and institutes associated with the school of Social Sciences. Additional support is available for travel and other expenses associated with research. Many Social Sciences graduate students obtain extramural funding to support their dissertation projects.
Format of proposal: If you are advanced to candidacy, your application should include: 1) a statement of no more than two pages describing the research project and the status of the dissertation, 2) a vita, and 3) a budget for travel and research costs, if appropriate. For students not advanced to candidacy, your application should include: 1) a statement of no more than two pages describing the research project, 2) a brief memo of support from the faculty advisor who will oversee your research, 3) a vita, and 4) a budget for travel and research costs, if appropriate.
Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)
The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) forms an important link in the continuum of support for academically promising graduate students. This award assists recipients in acquiring and developing advanced research skills under faculty mentorship. It is designed to improve mentoring for UCI doctoral students who are not yet at the dissertation stage and have not yet advanced to candidacy and is expected to increase the number of students who complete their Ph.D. degree and successfully acquire a faculty appointment.
President's Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship
The President's Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship is intended for students in their final year of graduate school who are planning to pursue teaching and research appointments soon after the end of their dissertation fellowship year. This award is intended to assist graduate students with the completion of their dissertation and to enhance their qualifications as candidates for university faculty teaching and research appointments.
For further information on continuing student funding opportunities, please visit http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/funding-faculty%20and%20staff/diversity-fellowship-programs/index.html.