Internal Fellowships

Will Shadish Graduate Student Fellowship

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.

Complete Guidelines


Eligibility Requirements & Standards

  • UC Merced Masters’ and Ph.D. students may apply who are enrolled in 12 graduate units at the time of application.
  • Applicants should be in good academic standing and making normative or better progress towards their degree.

Financial Support

  • Recipient will receive an award of $1,000 to support their education.
  • Funds may be used specifically for costs of attendance (i.e. tuition, fees, books and supplies) or for general support (living, transportation, and personal expenses) necessary to support the pursuit of educational and career goals.

Student Loan Impact

  • Per federal guidelines, all fellowship and tuition support is taken into consideration when determining student loan eligibility.  If you will receive federal student loans during the same academic year as this award, please note that this award could, and most likely will, reduce your student loan eligibility.

Application Procedures

  • Graduate students must complete the online application by April 7, 2017. The application is available at The online application includes the following:
    • Unofficial UCM Transcript
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Statement
    • Letter of Recommendation
  • Statements must be within 1-2 pages describing the applicant’s outstanding achievements in research and teaching.
  • One letter of recommendation is required, but up to three may be solicited. The letter of recommendation must be submitted by April 10, 2017 by 5pm.
  • Applications are provided to the Graduate Council (GC) for review, and GC makes recommendations to the Graduate Division. Review criteria include adherence to fellowship guidelines, and final award decisions are made by the Graduate Dean.




Award Application:
April 7

Letter of Recommendation:
April 10


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

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343
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