Prospective Students
Current Students


Opportunities for Prospective Students:

Diversity Fellowships

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

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

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

Diversity Recruitment Fellowship: The Diversity Recruitment Fellowship is designed to supplement financial support packages of admitted doctoral and M.F.A. diversity students. Each award will be up to $5,000 to top-off their original award, and programs are encouraged to provide matching funds. For more information, please visit:


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 $15,034

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:

Internet-based TOEFL and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


Opportunities for Current Students


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.

Please send submissions to the Graduate Office by Thursday, May 7, 2020.

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.

Please send submissions to the Graduate Office by Thursday, May 7, 2020.

For further information on continuing student funding opportunities, please visit


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