Application Instructions and Fellowships

Application Instructions and Fellowships

Each fall, Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the Graduate Council, conducts an Internal Fellowship competition for continuing academic graduate students. A "continuing student" is a student who has already been officially admitted to UC Davis and will be registered and enrolled in classes during the 2015-16 academic year.

The application for 2015-16 academic year funding will open in September 2014. A link will be provided once the application is available.

Application Instructions

All students must submit an online 2015-2016 Internal Fellowship Application to be considered for fellowships.   The online application will automatically route users through a series of questions in order to determine your eligibility  for each fellowship.

Instructions for setting up the online application:

  1. Create an account in the online application (see link in section above)
  2. Review the terms and conditions
  3. Start Application (UC Davis has a single online application system for the admission application and for the continuing student fellowship application.  Click the “Start Application” button to the right of the words “Application for Admission”.)
  4. Click the “Basic Information” link.
  5. In the “Applicant or Continuing Student” section, correctly answer the questions to gain access to the Continuing Student Fellowship application.  You should not answer 'Yes' to both questions and doing so will cause a system error message. Completing the application forms after incorrectly answering these questions will result in an invalid application. Invalid applications must be deleted and it will be necessary for you to start the application process over again from the beginning.
  6. Students indicate their interest in being considered for nomination by checking all fellowships for which they are eligible and by explaining how they are eligible for each of the fellowships. Please see listing of fellowships in the next section.

Applications must include:

  • A statement of purpose and personal history statement.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation – Students register their recommenders via the online application and their recommenders must submit their letters DIRECTLY through the online system. If the recommender requires that the student waive access to this letter, the Waiver of Access form has also been provided.  For continuing students, your graduate program cannot fully review your application until all three of your recommenders have submitted their letters of reference.  Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your three recommenders have electronically submitted their letters of recommendation by December 1st.  Do not wait until December 1st to register your three recommenders.  We recommend you register your three recommenders no later than November 15th.

Continuing students do not need to submit transcripts, as a secure electronic version of your current internal, UC Davis, transcript will be viewable by the faculty review committee.

Application Deadline

The online Fellowship Application deadline is December 1 for all continuing students

Fellowships

  • Crosby, Donald
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to all continuing students of distinction who are engaged in study related to environmental chemistry.
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • This is a 12-month fellowship open to continuing doctoral students who are in the final stages of their doctoral work demonstrating strong potential for university teaching and research. Applicants must meet the "Diversity" criteria as outlined below. Students must be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree by December 1, of the academic year in which they apply. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their dissertation to be able to complete all requirements by the end of the 12-month award period. Recipients will receive a stipend of $25,000 and their in-state fees will be covered. They will also have a research fund of $500 and a travel allowance of $500. Students will not be allowed to hold academic appointments during the tenure of their fellowship. Six fellowships will be awarded.
     

    Eligibility Criteria for the Dissertation Year Fellowship:

    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: (a) 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; (b) 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
    (c) Academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect educationally disadvantaged segments of society; or (d) 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

    Examples of factors to be used in determining eligibility for this fellowship includes: (a) parent(s) only completed high school or less; (b) parent(s) income is below $20,000, at the time the student was supported by them; (c) primary language used in the home is NOT English; (d) indication that student struggled due to economic, social, educational difficulty, or physical/learning disability to achieve their education; or (e) degree focus will be to provide assistance to underrepresented segments of society

  • Faulkner, Richard and Kate
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students from Placer County, CA.
  • Foin, Theodore and Angela
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing graduate students. This award provides graduate student support to one student annually in the Graduate Group of Ecology, with preference given to a student working on the ecology of Thailand or conducting research in Thailand. One or two fellowships will be awarded.
  • Gold, Ellen
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing Ph.D. students with financial need in the Graduate Group in Epidemiology. The award will be given to a graduate student within his or her first five years of studying and/or conduction research in human epidemiology in the Graduate Group in Epidemiology. One fellowship will be awarded.
  • Gibeling, Alfred H. and Marie E.
  • To be awarded to the most outstanding graduate student(s) in the areas of advanced materials research or energy conservation technologies.
  • Golden International Agriculture, William G. and Kathleen
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing Ph.D. students in the area of rice production technology including studies in plant breeding, crop production, soil and water management, pest control, extension, harvest and post-harvest technology and related subjects. Approximately four fellowships will be awarded.
  • Graduate Research Mentorship
  • This is a 12-month fellowship open to continuing Ph.D. students who will have completed at least three quarters of graduate study at UC Davis by the end of spring quarter in the academic year in which they are applying. Applicants must meet the "Diversity" criteria as outlined below. Students may not have begun their dissertation research or be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. This fellowship requires a commitment by a faculty sponsor to participate as the student’s major professor and mentor. Six fellowships will be awarded.

    Recipients will hold a Graduate Student Researcher position with a salary of $20,000. Students must meet all appointment eligibility requirements, and may not have other fellowships or hold additional academic appointments during their tenure on this fellowship. Recipients will also receive $600 toward research expenses.

    Eligibility criteria for the Graduate Research Mentorship Award:

    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: (a) 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; (b) 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
    (c) Academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect educationally disadvantaged segments of society; or (d) 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

    Examples of factors to be used in determining eligibility for this fellowship includes: (a) parent(s) only completed high school or less; (b) parent(s) income is below $20,000, at the time the student was supported by them; (c) primary language used in the home is NOT English; (d) indication that student struggled due to economic, social, educational difficulty, or physical/learning disability to achieve their education; or (e) degree focus will be to provide assistance to underrepresented segments of society

  • Hillyer, Ted and Silvia
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students, with a preference for a graduate student who has not previously received a competitive internal or external fellowship. The award will be given to a graduate student in the Graduate Group in Ecology and in the College of Engineering every other year. One or two fellowships will be awarded.
  • Jacobsen, Stanley and Emmy Werner Fellowship
  • To provide support for continuing graduate students, pursuing their Ph.D., whose research examines the genetic aspects of human behavior, health, and development. Preference will be given to students whose work focuses on gene-environment interactions. One fellowship will be awarded.?
  • Krantz, Bert and Nell
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students who are U.S. citizens pursuing a graduate degree in the fields of land and water resources or plant sciences as related to production agriculture, and who have demonstrated a commitment to pursue work in the area of agricultural development in a less-developed country. One fellowship will be awarded.
  • Lee, George
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or immigrants with financial need. Students must be engaged in academic activity or research related to the role of environmental factors in the epidemiology of cancer in its broadest context. One fellowship will be awarded.
  • Lyons, Austin Eugene
  • This is a 12-month fellowship open to students and/or practitioners in the field of veterinary medicine or animal science who are pursuing research into the causes, control and treatment of illnesses, diseases and health problems of farm livestock, especially sheep and cattle. Preference is given to residents of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, California. Approximately four to eight fellowships are awarded annually.
  • Mahan, Laura Perrott
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students who are graduates of a Humboldt County High School. Student must be a bona fide resident of Humboldt County at time of selection.
  • McArthur, Frank
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to graduates of any high school in Modoc, Lassen, Shasta or Siskiyou Counties, California.
  • McKeehan, Beatrice Oberly and S. Atwood
  • This is a 12-month fellowship open to continuing students with financial need who are pursuing the studies of farming, giving preference to those who desire to make farming their career and who have been raised on farms or were children of farmers.
  • Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • This is a 12-month fellowship open to continuing doctoral students in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who are in the final stages of their doctoral work. Students must be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree by December 1 in the academic year in which they are applying. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their dissertation to be able to complete all requirements by the end of the 12-month award period. Students must not have been enrolled in their doctoral program at UC Davis for more than seven years by the end of the award period. Recipients will receive a stipend of $25,000 and their fees and tuition will be covered. Students from these graduate programs are eligible: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Anthropology, Communication, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Human Development, Linguistics, Music, Native American Studies, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish.
  • Richards, Lillie May
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students. Students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or immigrants with financial need that are studying dairying, with preference given to graduates of San Juan High School of Fair Oaks, California. One fellowship will be awarded.
  • Saxon, Leland Roy and Georgia Wood
  • This is a twelve-month fellowship open to continuing students. The fellowship is to be used to establish scholarships for graduate studies (beyond obtaining a bachelor's degree) for those students who have graduated from high schools in the Grass Valley-Nevada City (Nevada County, California) area. One fellowship will be awarded.
  • Schwalen, Emily
  • This is a fellowship that is open to all graduate students in agricultural and/or environmental sciences that are closely connected to Native American culture or whose thesis research would benefit Native Americans. Also open to UC Davis graduate students whose thesis work is related to Native Americans or Ecology. One fellowship will be awarded.
  • Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship, Floyd and Mary
  • These are nine-month fellowships for continuing students who are U.S. citizens with financial need and are engaged in medically related research. Students must be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree by December 1 in the academic year in which they are applying. Student must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their dissertation to be able to complete all requirements by the end of the 12-month award period. Recipients may not receive the Jastro-Shields Research Award or the UC Davis and Humanities Graduate Research Award in conjunction with the Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship. Five fellowships will be awarded.
  • Seiber, James and Rita International Graduate Student Fellowship
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students in Food Science & Technology and Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry Graduate Groups in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to offer financial support where a preference will be given to funding at least one top international graduate student each year.
  • Stacey, Malcolm
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing Jewish students with financial need who are pursuing a career in aeronautical engineering or any engineering field.
  • Telford, Tara K.
  • This is a nine-month fellowship to support one or more continuing graduate student engaged in Cystic Fibrosis research.
  • Tryon, Herbert
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing graduate students with financial need. Students must be graduates of a high school in Del Norte, Humboldt, Siskiyou or Trinity Counties, California. Preference is given to graduates of a high school in Del Norte County.
  • UC Davis and Humanities Graduate Research
  • Open to all continuing graduate students who will be registered during the academic year. Students must have been registered in the spring quarter of the previous academic year to use the funds during the summer period of the award. Students on PELP or Filing Fee status do not meet the registration requirement. Provides up to $1,500 for research projects. Recipients may receive a Jastro-Shields Research Scholarship during the same fiscal year; however, the total of the two awards may not exceed $3,000. Recipients may not receive a Floyd and Mary Schwall Dissertation Fellowship during the same fiscal year. Priority is given to Ph.D. students. Forty fellowships will be awarded.
  • UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • This is a 12-month fellowship open to continuing doctoral students who are in the final stages of their doctoral work demonstrating strong potential for university teaching and research. Students must be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree by December 1 of the academic year in which they apply. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their dissertation to be able to complete all requirements by the end of the award period. Recipients will receive a stipend of $25,000 and their in-state fees will be covered. They will also have a research fund of $500 and a travel allowance of $500. Students will not be allowed to hold academic appointments during the tenure of their fellowship. Six fellowships will be awarded.
  • Velez, Miguel
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing graduate students. The Miguel Velez Fellowship is awarded to students on the basis of character, ability, with financial need. Preference is given first to students with citizenship/residency of Colombia, South America, then to students from other Latin American countries.
  • Walker, Frank and Carolan
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students who are residents of Humboldt County, California.
  • Wood, Elizabeth P.
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students who are residents of Placer County, California. Special Criteria: Recipient shall agree to return to the Regents all or part of the sums received by them, without interest, when such a return can be made without a serious inconvenience to them.
  • Wright, Jarena
  • This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing graduate students from Santa Rosa, California with preference given to those who participated in Future Farmers of America, 4-H or similar programs. One or two fellowships will be awarded.