About Internal Fellowships

About Internal Fellowships

UC Davis uses a variety of internal fellowship funds to support academic graduate students. Internal fellowships can provide financial support in the form of a stipend (or "living allowance"), tuition & fee, nonresident supplemental tuition, research, travel or any combination of these. The value of the fellowships varies from $1,000 to as much as a $50,000/year award. Internal fellowships are paid in a single academic year (October through June) unless otherwise noted.


The online application is used for both prospective and continuing students, however, instructions, deadlines, and fellowships available are different for each group. The on-line application will automatically route applicants to the 'Continuing Student Fellowship' page where you will answer questions to determine your eligibility for each Internal Fellowships, please read the 'application and descriptions' page of our internal fellowships for more information.


Awards are a mark of honor, primarily on the basis of scholarship and promise of outstanding academic and professional contribution. In evaluating applications, consideration is given to the extent and quality of previous undergraduate and graduate work, evidence of ability in research or other creative accomplishment, evidence of intellectual capacity, and promise of productive scholarship. Items to be included in this evaluation are: graduate grade-point average (GPA), academic transcripts, statement of purpose essay, personal history statement essay, three letters of recommendation, and other documentation such as publications and awards. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be considered for fellowships.

Students in self-supporting degree programs (Clinical Research, Forensic Science, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Master of Professional Accountancy, International Commercial Law and Master of Laws) are not eligible. Education Credential/MA students are only eligible once they have been awarded the credential and have begun their master's year of study. Students in the professional degree programs in Medicine (MD), Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Law (JD) and Management (MBA) are also not eligible.

Notification of Decision

Official notification of UC Davis internal fellowship offers are sent directly to students via the e-mail address used in the online application. The first round of notifications will be e-mailed approximately 60 days after your fellowship deadline. Prospective student awardees are not required to accept fellowships offers prior to April 15. Because fellowship offers are made in multiple rounds through October 1, you will not be notified if your application was unsuccessful.

Graduate Program Fellowship Allocation Funds

Each graduate program may offer eligible students fellowship support, including a stipend (or "living allowance"), and/or Tuition & Fees, and/or nonresident supplemental tuition. To be considered for this award you must let your program know that you are interested in being considered and obtain the correct application instructions from your program.

U.S. citizens, permanent residents or immigrants who are not legal residents of California are only eligible for a nonresident supplemental tuition fellowship in their first year. They can, and are expected to, establish residency. International students' eligibility for a nonresident supplemental tuition fellowship is not restricted to the first year. See information on establishing California residence for tuition purposes.

Fellowships to Support Campus Diversity

Vice Provost - Graduate Education and Dean - Graduate Studies at the University of California, Davis is committed to improving the quality and diversity of the student body, as the campus responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. The Academic Career Development Program is designed to facilitate the academic career development of students who show potential to become excellent faculty or researchers in institutions of higher education, as well as to foster multi-faceted diversity in graduate education at the University of California. Since diversity is critical to promoting lively intellectual exchange and the variety of ideas and perspectives essential to advanced research, and because graduate students form the pool of future academic leaders, high value is placed on achieving a diverse graduate student body and faculty as part of the endeavor to maintain academic excellence.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated high potential and promise, with an interest in an academic career in teaching and research
  2. United States citizens or permanent residents
  3. Individuals from cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations as demonstrated by:
    • Experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as the absence of a family member who attended college; matriculation in a school with poor financial or curricular support; having a physical or learning disability; or having worked long hours while attending school; or
    • Academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect educationally disadvantaged segments of society; or
    • Evidence of an intention to use the doctoral degree toward serving educationally underrepresented segments of society.
  4. ACDP participants may not simultaneously receive additional financial support awards in a similar or greater amount.

Awards are for a one-year period unless otherwise noted. Applicants will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible. To apply, complete the Internal Fellowship Application's relevant additional sections.