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Southern California Edison Fellowship

The University of California, Merced is committed to the recruitment, admission, and retention of a high quality graduate student population. The Southern California Edison Fellowship is intended to support Ph.D. students in the STEM fields.

Eligibility Requirements & Standards

  • All Ph.D. students are eligible, regardless of citizenship.
  • Only Ph.D. students in a doctoral program with a research interest in a STEM fields.
  • Good academic standing, enrolled in 12 units and GPA above 3.0.
  • Awardee information may be shared with Southern California Edison, including but not limited to: name, award amount, UCM email address and program/research interest.
  • Fellows are not premitted to hold employment during the tenure of this award.

Financial Support

  • Recipients will receive a fellowship for one or more of the following semesters/terms, as follows:
Semester/Term Fellowship Tuition & Fees Campus Based Fees
Fall $9,799 paid over 4-mo Included Not Included
Spring $9,799 paid over 4-mo Included Not Included
Summer* $13,065 lump-sum N/A N/A
*Summer awards will disburse after the spring semester/term to support the student over the months of June, July & August.


  • The submitted personal statement should include the requested semesters/terms of support, indicating priority for one or two semesters/terms.  Only in rare circumstances will a fellow receive support for more than one semester/term.

Student Loan Impact

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

Application & Review 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.
  • During the application process you will be able to select this fellowship among others, if it is currently open.
  • Each application must include a one-page personal statement that speaks to how this award will help the student achieve their research/educational goals.  Special consideration will be given to students whose research and/or extracurricular activities contribute to the areas of water, energy and/or the environment.
  • Must include at least one letter of support from a UC Merced faculty member.
  • Must include unofficial UC Merced transcripts.
  • Priority will be given to students who apply by the posted fellowship deadline, including their letters of recommendation.
  • A special SCE committee will review all complete applications.  However, please note, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

* 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.



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


Southern California Edison Fellows


Kinsey Brock
Quantitative & Systems Biology
Stefanie Helmrich
Environmental Systems
Jacqueline Shay
Quantitative & Systems Biology
Yun-Chiao Yao
Chemistry & Chemical Biology


Arghavan Alamatsaz
Mechanical Engineering

Joel Heisler
Chemistry & Chemical Biology

James Kupihea
Environmental Systems

Qin Ma
Environmental Systems

Jessica Taylor
Applied Mathematics

Sabah Ul-Hasan
Quantitative & Systems Biology


Kinsey Brock
Quantitative & Systems Biology

Nicholas Dove
Environmental Systems

Jeffrey Lauder
Quantitative & Systems Biology

Katerina Nikolaidou

Som Sarang