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Miguel Velez Scholarship

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.

Eligibility Requirements & Standards

  • Must be a continuing graduate student and enrolled full-time during the award period
  • Must be a citizen/resident from a Latin American country, with preference given to students from South America
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory progress toward degree
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their graduate studies at UC Merced and be enrolled in 12 units during the award period.

Financial Support

  • Up to two awards will be made each academic year.
  • Recipients will receive a $10,000 fellowship to be paid in two equal installments of $5,000 during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Application Procedures

  • Apply by completing an online application.  Please note, the fellowship application is built within the admissions system, so you might see some items that reference admissions.  Please include the following items with your application:
    • Curriculum vitae (CV).
    • Unofficial UCM transcript, including current semester.
    • Statement - 1-3 pages describing how the applicant has contributed to diversity in his/her program and on campus, and how the Miguel Velez Scholarship would help to relieve financial hardship.  The statement should address the applicant’s career goals upon receiving his/her doctoral degree.  The statement should be written for a general academic audience, i.e. a faculty reviewer who does not necessarily have expertise in the specific area of study.
    • Estimated Financial Resources - 1 page list of estimated financial resources known to the applicant during the award term.  This includes, but is not limited to, savings/checking account estimated balance, stocks/bonds estimated balance, and any real estate investments.  Also include a list of known or estimated financial obligations.
    • Latin American Citizenship/Residency - A photocopy of citizenship documentation or a letter confirming citizenship/residency from a Latin American country.
    • Letters of Recommendation - Faculty advisor name and email must be provided under the Letters of Recommendation tab on the online application form.  The letter of support should include a description of the advisor relationship and the project that the student will complete during the 9-month period Advisors will receive an email request for a letter of support for the applicant.  Please note that the letter of support will go to the Graduate Division and the Graduate Council (GC), and will not be visible to the applicant. 

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



See the Internal Fellowships page for current deadlines associated with this fellowship.


Miguel Velez Scholars


Violet Barton
Interdisciplinary Humanities


Elisabet Perez Coronel
Environmental Systems
Andres Torres Garcia
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Adolfo Ramirez-Aristizabal
Cognitive & Information Sciences


Benigno Merlin


Jose Luis Susa Rincon
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Yuriana Aguilar
Quantitative & Systems Biology


Mabel Bowser
World Cultures

Miguel Diaz Moreno
Bioengineering & Small-Scale Technologies


Ericka Diaz-Almeyda
Quantitative & Systems Biology

Jose Pablo Vazquez-Medina
Quantitative & Systems Biology


Mabel Bowser
World Cultures

Miguel Diaz Moreno
Bioengineering & Small-Scale Technologies