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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 PhD students in the STEM fields.

Eligibility Requirements & Standards

  • PhD students, regardless of citizenship.
  • Only students in a doctoral program with a research interest in a STEM field.
  • Currently be enrolled in 12 units in one of the graduate programs, GPA ≥ 3.0 and good academic standing.
  • Awardee information may be shared with Southern California Edison, including but not limited to: name, award amount, UCM email address and program/research interest.

Financial Support

  • Up to four fellowship awards will be made each academic year.
  • Recipient will receive a Summer 2022 award of $5,938.
  • Fellowship amounts are subject to change based on funding available.

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.
  • Please include the following items with your application:
    • General Statement - 1-2 pages that describe your research area(s) of interest, accomplishments to date and long-term academic goals.
    • Project Plan/Timeline - 1-2 pages that describe your academic goals that will be supported by the fellowship(s), including a plan for training and research activities for the time period of fellowship support. The plan may include professional meetings, courses, workshops, seminars, and professional development activities for pursuing an academic career.
    • For your statement and plan if applicable, write for a general academic audience, i.e. a faculty reviewer who does not necessarily have expertise in your area of research.
    • Unofficial up-to-date UCM transcript.
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • One letter of recommendation from a UCM faculty member.
  • The fellowship committee will review all complete applications. Review criteria will include adherence to the fellowship guidelines, the academic qualifications of the applicant, and the letter of recommendation. 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


Shirin Mehrazi
Environmental Systems
Eunji Yoo
Applied Mathematics
Bowen Han
Chemisty & Chemical Biology
Ala'aldin Alafaghani
Mechanical Engineering


Byran Fuhrmann
Environmental Systems
Ali Hassanzadeh
Environmental Systems
Megha Suswaram
Quantitative & Systems Biology
Taymaz Homayouni
Mechanical Engineering


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