Internal Fellowships

Dr. Donald and Effie Godbold Fellowship

The Dr. Donald and Effie Godbold Fellowship Award is designed to recognized the unique challenges that face international graduate students and the promise that they can contribute a unique perspective to our community.  This award is based on the merit of the graduate student’s current academic standing and the submitted personal statement.  This fellowship is available only to PhD students with an international student visa status.

Complete Guidelines

Application Closed

Eligibility Requirements & Standards

  • PhD students with an international student visa status.
  • Currently be enrolled in 12 units in one of the graduate programs, GPA ≥ 3.0 and good academic standing.

Financial Support

  • Only one award will be made each academic year.
  • Recipient will receive an award of $1,000 in this current academic year to be used for travel and/or student research.

Use of Funds

  • Funds may be used specifically for the pursuit of educational and graduate career goals.

Award Procedures

  • Apply by completing an online application at
  • Each application must include a one-page personal statement that speaks to how this award will help the student overcome the unique challenges facing international students and achieve their educational goals.  Special consideration will be given to students whose research and/or extracurricular activities contribute to the broadening of cultural perspectives at UCM and the greater Central Valley.
  • Must include one letter of recommendation from a UCM faculty member, CV and unofficial UCM transcripts.
  • Student must complete an application by January 30, 2017 by 5pm.
  • The letter of recommendation must be submitted by February 2, 2017 by 5pm.
  • The fellowship committee will review all complete applications based on the criteria above.  However, please note, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.



Extended Application:
January 30, 2017

Extended Letters of Recommendation:
February 2, 2017

(R-L) Graduate Dean and Vice Provost Marjorie Zatz, Dr. Donald and Effie Godbold,
2015-2016 Godbold Fellow Carmen Kho and her advisor UC Merced professor Alex Main

Godbold Fellow - 2015-2016

Carmen Kho
Psychological Sciences

Godbold Fellow - 2014-2015

Kaiqi Hua
Interdisciplinary Humanities

* The Graduate Division reserves the right not to make an award in any given year for which a call for applications/nominations has been issued.

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Merced, CA 95343
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