PhD Students Overview

The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) is a multi-year, multi-summer fellowship award, including four summers of support (the first, pre-entry summer requires participation in our Competitive Edge program), as well as two years of guaranteed departmental support (e.g., from TA/GSR/GSAR funding).  This award is used to provide support for first year doctoral students who contribute to the diversity of the institution, and is intended to release recipients from employment or loan payment obligations that might delay progress in graduate study.  It is designed to facilitate the academic career development of students who have experienced significant disadvantage in their prior educational experiences.

PhD Students Funding Package

  • Students receive $5,000 from Graduate Division in the summer prior to entry, and participate in the Competitive Edge summer pre-entry program.
  • The student's program provides two years of support (e.g., from TA/GSR/GSAR funding), plus $3,000 of summer support after year one.
  • The Graduate Division provides $3,000 summer stipends during the summers after years two, three and four.

MFA Students Overview

The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) is a multi-year fellowship award.  This award is used to provide support for first year MFA students who contribute to the diversity of the institution, and is intended to release recipients from employment or loan payment obligations that might delay progress in graduate study.  It is designed to facilitate the academic career development of students who have experienced significant disadvantage in their prior educational experiences.

MFA Students Funding Package

  • In the first year, Graduate Division will award fellowship support of an $18,000 stipend, distributed during the academic year, plus payment of fees/tuition.
  • The department will supplement the award at a minimum of 20% ($3,600).
  • The department will guarantee the student’s funding for year two (e.g., from TA/GSR/GSAR funding).

Eligibility (for both PhD and MFA students)

  • Nominee must be admitted to a doctoral or MFA program at UCI.
  • Nominee must demonstrate high potential and promise
  • Nominee must be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or DACA eligible
  • Nominee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA
  • Nominee must meet the UC definition of diversity.

Nomination Process

  • Students are nominated for consideration by their academic program.
  • Interested students should contact the program they are applying to and discuss interest in the fellowship.
  • The personal history statement on the UC Irvine Online Application for Graduate Admissions will be used to help determine eligibility for nomination and selection of final awardees.

Review Criteria

  • Nominees will be reviewed on the following criteria in order:
    • Meeting the UC definition of diversity
    • Interest in diversifying the program
    • Proven resilience in the face of challenges, while still making exceptional achievements
    • Likelihood to finish the degree program to which they were admitted

Contact Information

Daniel Fabrega
Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Student Affairs
Graduate Division
Tel.: (949) 824-8730
Fax: (949) 824-9096

Deadline

  • Nomination Deadline: February 9, 2015 12:00 PM
  • NOTE: Only programs can nominate students

Faculty and Staff

More information about the GOF nomination process.