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Southern California Edison Recruitment 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 recruit and support the top Ph.D. students interested in pursuing research in the areas of water, energy and/or the environment.  These areas may include, but are not limited to, the research focus areas of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI)

Eligibility Requirements & Standards

  • Ph.D. applicants entering their first year of graduate study.
  • Submit a graduate admissions application by January 15, 2020.
  • All Ph.D. applicants are eligible, regardless of citizenship.
  • Only Ph.D. applicants entering a doctoral program with research interests in water, energy and/or the environment are eligible.
  • Undergraduate GPA above 3.0.
  • Must be awarded as part of an offer of multi-year support.
  • Deferment of the award beyond the first year is not allowed.
  • Awardee information may be shared with Southern California Edison, including but not limited to: name, award amount, UC Merced email address and program/research interest.

Financial Support

  • One fellowship award will be made each academic year.
  • The $4,000 award is distributed as a $2,000 award during the Fall and Spring semester.
  • Must be enrolled in 12 units before award will be disbursed.

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.

Nomination & Review Procedures

  • Each graduate group offering a doctoral degree with research interests in water, energy and/or the environment is eligible to nominate two Ph.D. applicants each year, as a ranked list.  Any applicant meeting the criteria above is eligible; applicants do not need to apply. Graduate Group Chairs should submit their nominations directly to the Graduate Division.
  • This fellowship will follow a multiple step review process that considers all applicants.  Review criteria will include adherence to the fellowship guidelines, intellectual merit and academic qualifications of the applicant.
    • First Review - Nominations submitted by the Graduate Group Chairs should include a brief description of the process and criteria that the graduate group used to choose nominees.  For each nominee, the faculty mentor should be listed, along with 3-4 sentences highlighting the nominee’s qualifications for the non-expert reviewer, plus any information not in the Ph.D. admissions applications that might help the review committee evaluate the nominees and their fellowship qualifications.
    • Second Review - Nominee admissions applications are provided to the review committee, and the committee then makes recommendations to the Graduate Division.  Review criteria will include adherence to the fellowship guidelines and the academic qualifications of the nominee.
    • Third Review - Final award decisions will be made by the Graduate Dean.

* 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.



Admissions Application:
January 15, 2020

Graduate Group Rank List:
January 31, 2020

Southern California Edison Fellows

Byran Fuhrmann
Environmental Systems
Ali Hassanzadeh
Environmental Systems
Taymaz Homayouni
Mechanical Engineering
Megha Suswaram
Quantitative and Systems Biology
Michael Leveille