Graduate students are encouraged to seek external funding to supplement their graduate education. If you need assistance, please contact Sarah Burke


The NASA Postdoctoral Program
The NASA Postdoctoral Program provides fellowships to conduct cutting-edge research at NASA Centers and NASA-affiliated research institutes. 

University of California Hispanic-Serving Institutions Initiative (UC-HSI) Research Apprenticeship Program
The application for the University of California Hispanic-Serving Institutions Initiative (UC-HSI) Research Apprenticeship Program (UC-HSI RAP) is now open! 

Applications are due no later than January 15, 2022,11:59 PM PT. 

2022 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Program
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, we’ve awarded 90 postdoctoral women scientists over $4 million in grants. We’re seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Applications are due no later than January 28, 2022. 

Breakthrough Institute Seeking Summer Fellows

The Breakthrough Institute is accepting applications for its Generation Fellowship, a 10-week paid summer fellowship open to graduating college seniors, young professionals, and students in the early stages of their post-graduate education. After a two-week policy boot camp covering areas such as innovation and technology policy, fellows will join small teams to conduct research in one of three program areas: climate and energy, food and farming, or cities. Applications are due Jan. 28.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The HEERF grant will be awarded to all students who have submitted a FAFSA, students will receive some amount in a one-time disbursement during fall quarter from the HEERF grant program. The amount received will be based on need. It will be a pass-through payment, so not applied to any charges on the ZotAccount. Grad students are eligible. US citizens and permanent residents must have a FAFSA on file. International students are also eligible for this grant but need to fill out a separate form since they cannot submit a FAFSA. 

CARES ACT Funding for Rental Assistance

For students looking for assistance on their housing payments: Financial assistance may be available from the State of California for those whom have been impacted by COVID-19 and have past due rent or utilities, or who need help with upcoming rent or utilities. Assistance is also available for unpaid utility payments dating back to April 1, 2020, or for future utility payments, which will both be compensated at 100% of cost, limited to a total of 12 months, and paid directly to the utility provider. Assistance does not count as earned income and will not affect eligibility for any other state benefit assistance programs.  Income eligible applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship.  Student Housing supports student participation in the rent relief program, but unable to participate in the “Landlord” portion due to the specific requirements listed for Landlords. We have been assured by program sponsors that renters participating in the program will receive the same level of benefits, with or without landlord participation. Questions may be directed to

If a student applies for rental assistance, they should utilize our Student Housing Account Counselor’s contact information when they need to verify that they reside in UCI on-campus housing. This e-mail address is and the Student Account Counselor’s name is Alicia Hays, (949) 824-3333. Alicia can provide that verification, so there is no need to e-mail your individual housing community (Palo Verde, Verano, etc).



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