External Fellowships

About External Fellowships

External fellowships are those offered by private foundations, government agencies, and corporations.  A variety of support is given, from one-time awards to multi-year support. Grants are available at every stage of the graduate and postdoc career and applying for grants should be a component of every individual development plan.

The External Fellowships Analysts help facilitate the external fellowships process, from pre-award application review to award closeout.  When students receive external fellowships, our office will help to review the financial support package and is coordinated to ensure that all costs remain fully covered, and that all activities–including assistantships and student employment–align with University and fellowship guidelines.


Aside from the obvious financial benefit that external fellowships provide, securing external funding has additional benefits:

  • Freedom to pursue your own research project
  • Demonstrates commitment and initiative; exposure to valuable feedback
  • Competitive external fellowships stay with you throughout your career
  • Build and distinguish your CV when entering the job market

Receipt of external funding exemplifies excellence in research, writing and scholarship

Please contact your analyst any time you apply for external funding or receive an award notice.  We require applicants to contact their external analyst at least five business days before the sponsor deadline for review services.


For College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Adriane Boykin

For College of Letters & Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Education, Self-Supporting Degree Programs, and NSF GRFP: Yvette Garcia

If you are receiving an external award where all or partial support of the award is paid direct to to the awardee, you must notify both your Graduate Program Coordinator and your respective external fellowship analyst.

All proposal and award documents should be emailed to externalfellowships@ucdavis.edu.


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