Internal Fellowships

Internal Fellowships

UCM fellowships are awarded primarily on the basis of merit and the promise of outstanding academic and professional achievement. Consideration is given to the extent and quality of previous undergraduate and graduate work, evidence of ability in research or other creative accomplishments, evidence of intellectual capacity and promise of productive scholarship.

Prospective & New Students

Deadline

Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship 1 & 3
The Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship (CGF) is intended to recruit and support the best Ph.D. students with most distinguished academic records.  The award is $4,000 per year for up to the first four years in a Ph.D. program at UC Merced, contingent upon funding from the Chancellor, academic progress and continued eligibility.  Award funds are in addition to support from any sources other than graduate division fellowships—CGF awardees are not eligible for additional fellowship support from the Graduate Division.
Estimated Support: 4 years; $4,000/yr stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
Earle C. Anthony Fellowship 1 & 3
The prestigious Earle C. Anthony Fellowship, named for the highly successful and generous UC Berkeley alum, is intended to help recruit top Ph.D. students to UC Merced who are entering a program in biological, physical, agricultural, health sciences, engineering, and/or mathematics.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $5,000 stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship 1 & 2
The prestigious Eugene Cota-Robles (ECR) Fellowship is named in honor of one of the first Mexican-American professors in the University of California system.  This fellowship is intended to help awardees focus on their graduate research and scholarship, and thereby accelerate progress towards achieving their doctoral degrees.  The fellowship program is also intended more generally to increase the number and diversity of qualified candidates for faculty positions both within and outside the University of California system.
Estimated Support: 4 years, with the first 2yrs at $20,106/yr stipend + tuition & fees + summer support
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
Fields Family Fellowship 1 & 3
The University of California, Merced is committed to the recruitment, admission, and retention of a high quality graduate student population. Edward and Renee Fields established the prestigious Fields Family Fellowship to help recruit top Ph.D. students to UCM.  Preference will be given to students addressing critical issues faced by society.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $1,500 stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
Graduate Dean's Recruitment Fellowship 1 & 3
The Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship (GDRF) is intended to help awardees focus on their graduate research and scholarship in their first year of study, and thereby accelerate progress towards achieving their doctoral degrees.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $20,106 stipend + tuition & fees + summer support
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
Graduate Dean's Relocation Award 1
The Graduate Dean’s Relocation Award is intended to provide need-based support to doctoral students who have incurred costs by relocating to Merced and can show clear financial need.
Estimated Support: Up to $1,000 one-time stipend
August 7*
*Priority Deadline
Graduate Group Recruitment Fellowship 1 & 3
The Graduate Group Recruitment Fellowship (GGRF) is intended to recruit and support the best Ph.D. students with distinguished academic records.  The award provides an additional award to supplement the financial offer made by UCM to support the student in their first year of graduate education.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $5,000 stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
Health Sciences Fellowship 1 & 3
The Health Sciences Fellowship is intended to recruit and support the top Ph.D. students who are interested in pursuing research in health sciences and have distinguished academic records.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $4,000 stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
HotChalk Fellowship 1 & 3
The University of California, Merced is committed to the recruitment, admission, and retention of a high quality graduate student population. The HotChalk Foundation and Edward Fields established the prestigious HotChalk Fellowship to help recruit top Ph.D. students to UCM.  Preference will be given to students addressing critical issues faced by society.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $1,500 stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
John and Victoria Elia Fellowship 1 & 3
The prestigious John and Victoria Elia Fellowship was established to honor Mr. Elia’s life long commitment to public service and education.  This fellowship is intended to help recruit and support top Ph.D. students with distinguished academic records who also attended UCM for their undergraduate education.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $4,000 stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
Renewable Energy Fellowship 1 & 3
The Renewable Energy Fellowship is intended to recruit and support the top Ph.D. students interested in pursuing research in the area of renewable energy.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $4,000 stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15
Southern California Edison Recruitment Fellowship 1 & 3
The Southern California Edison Fellowship is intended to recruit and support the top Ph.D. students interested in pursuing research in the areas of water, energy and/or the environment.  These areas may include, but are not limited to, the research focus areas of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI).
Estimated Support: 1 year; $4,000 stipend
Apply for Graduate Admissions by January 15

1 AB540 students eligible
2 Diversity preference/requirement
3 International students eligible

 

Current Students

Deadline

Dan David Solar Fellowship 1 & 3
In 2007, Sarah R. Kurtz was one of the prestigious awardees of the Dan David Prize Laureate for her work toward the development of concentration solar power systems using multi-junction solar cells.  Kurtz helped pioneer the multi-junction solar cell used by most space satellites and NASA’s Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.  It was her desire to establish the Dan David Solar Fellowship, the first of its kind, to support graduate students working in the area of concentrating solar power systems.
Estimated Support: One-time $4,000 stipend (to be disbursed in Spring 2017)
January 30
Dr. Donald and Effie Godbold Fellowship 3
The Dr. Donald and Effie Godbold Fellowship is designed to recognize the unique challenges faced by international graduate students, and the diverse perspectives and contributions that they bring to our community.  This award is based on the merit of the graduate student’s current academic standing and the submitted personal statement.  This award is available only to Ph.D. students with an international student visa status.
Estimated Support: 1 semester; One-time $1,000 stipend (to be disbursed in Spring 2017)

January 30

                                                                                                    

Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship 1 & 2
The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) forms an important link in the continuum of support for academically promising graduate students who will contribute to the diversity of the campus community. This award assists recipients in acquiring and developing advanced research skills under faculty mentorship. It is designed to improve mentoring for UC Merced (UCM) doctoral students who will not be at the dissertation stage during the award period, but who are currently engaged in research with a faculty mentor.  The award is expected to increase the number of students who complete their Ph.D. degree and successfully acquire a faculty appointment.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $20,700 stipend + tuition & fees + summer support
January 30
Fletcher Jones Fellowship 1
The UC Merced Fletcher Jones Fellowship is intended for doctorate students who have advanced to candidacy and demonstrate financial need. This award is intended to assist graduate students with the completion of their degree. It is a highly prestigious award, made available through funding from the Fletcher Jones Foundation. It will provide students with a one-year fellowship.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $20,106 stipend + tuition & fees + summer support
January 30
Fred and Mitzie Ruiz Fellowship 1, 2 & 3
Valuing the role that the University of California plays in transforming lives and providing the catalytic base for economic development, Fred and Mitzie Ruiz have generously established this fellowship to support graduate education at UCM.  The Fred and Mitzie Ruiz Fellowship is designed to support Ph.D. or Masters students who contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their academic career and/or community service.
Estimated Support: 1 semester; One-time $1,000 stipend (to be disbursed in Spring 2017)
January 30

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship 1 & 3
The Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF) program is intended for students in their final semester/term of graduate school, providing them time to focus solely on completion of the dissertation. This award should help enhance the awardees’ qualifications as candidates for university faculty teaching and research appointments, for postdoctoral appointments, and for research positions outside the academy.
Estimated Support: 1 semester; Up to $10,352 stipend + tuition & fees

Graduate students should
speak with their Faculty
Advisor and/or Graduate
Group Chair regarding their
program's nomination process.

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Year Fellowship 1 & 3
With a generous gift from John Loll and Jane Bielke-Loll, who have a strong passion for education and understand its importance to transform lives, the Graduate Dean is able to offer a one-time dissertation year fellowship for the academic year 2017-18.  This fellowship is intended to support an outstanding graduate student during their final year of graduate study.  The selected fellow will have the ability to focus solely on completing his or her research and degree without the added time commitment of teaching or assistantship duties.  Preference will be given to applicants from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $21,000 stipend + tuition & fees
February 22
Graduate Fellowship Incentive Program Award 1 & 3
The Graduate Fellowship Incentive Program (GFIP) Award is designed to encourage UCM graduate students to apply for national pre-doctoral fellowships, as well as other large fellowships.
Estimated Support: $200 award per academic year
March 31
Graduate Student Opportunity Program 1 & 3
The Graduate Student Opportunity Program (GSOP) 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 that will result in a significant achievement for the student. It is designed to improve mentoring for UC Merced (UCM) doctoral students who will not be at the dissertation stage during the award period, but who are currently engaged in research with a faculty mentor.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $20,700 stipend + tuition & fees + summer support
January 30
Hatano Cognitive Development Research Fellowship  1 & 3
Realizing the importance of higher education and the positive impacts of increased educational opportunities for students, Daryl and Janet Hatano have generously established this fellowship to support graduate students at UC Merced. This fellowship intends to support graduate students who are working towards addressing the critical issues that society is currently experiencing.  Preference will be given to continuing graduate students in a research field that is related to the developmental aspects of typical or atypical learning and cognition.
Estimated Support: 1 semester; One-time $1,000 stipend (to be disbursed in Spring 2017)
January 30
Miguel Velez Scholarship 1 & 2
The UC Merced Miguel Velez (MV) Scholarship is a prestigious award that provides students with an academic year scholarship.  It is intended for Latin American graduate students who exhibit excellence in character and ability, and who demonstrate financial need.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $10,000 stipend
January 30
Outstanding Teaching Award 1 & 3
The Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA) is intended to recognize the valuable contributions of graduate students to teaching and pedagogy. Graduate student contributions include but are not limited to: UC Merced course development and instruction, as readers, teaching assistants, and lead instructors; participation in pedagogical training and development programs; and developing or delivering materials or instruction at professional workshops and summer schools. The award is intended to recognize a body of teaching and pedagogical contributions during the course of graduate education.
Estimated Support: One-time $1,000 stipend
April 7
President's Dissertation Year Fellowship 1 & 2
The President’s Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship program 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 outstanding graduate students who will contribute to the diversity of the campus community with the completion of their dissertation. This award should also enhance their qualifications as candidates for university faculty teaching and research appointments.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $20,700 stipend + tuition & fees + $1,000 research/travel allowance
January 30
Rose R. Ruiz Fellowship 1 & 3
The Rose R. Ruiz Fellowship is designed to inspire, encourage and support graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. or Masters program realize their dreams.  Of special interest are those students who are highly motivated to succeed despite the obstacles they may face, including undocumented status, the first in their family to attend a four-year university, and the challenges that result from difficult financial times.
Estimated Support: 1 semester; One-time $1,000 stipend (to be disbursed in Spring 2017)
January 30
Southern California Edison Fellowship 1 & 3
The Southern California Edison Fellowship is intended to support the STEM Ph.D. students pursuing research in the areas of water, energy and/or the environment.  These areas may include, but are not limited to, the research focus areas of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI).
Estimated Support: $9,421 - $12,561 stipend + tuition & fees
August 8*
*Priority Deadline
Will Shadish Graduate Student Fellowship 1 & 3
The Will Shadish Graduate Student Fellowship pays tribute to Professor William Shadish, who was instrumental to the creation of our campus and deeply committed to supporting graduate student development at UC Merced during his 13 year tenure. This fellowship is intended to recognize a UC Merced graduate student who has outstanding achievements in research and teaching.
Estimated Support: One-time $1,000 stipend
April 7
Yara North America Almond Fellowship 1 & 3
The prestigious Yara North America Almond Fellowship is intended to support UC Merced Ph.D. students.  Ideally the awardee’s research will inform agricultural production systems to improve crop yields, particularly in almonds.  It will be expected that awardees will present their work to the donor by the end of the academic year.
Estimated Support: 1 year; $15,000 stipend
November 11

1 AB540 students eligible
2 Diversity preference/requirement
3 International students eligible


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