Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF)
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 pre-entry 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 domestic graduate students pursing the M.F.A. or Ph.D. who contribute to the diversity of the institution, and is intended to release recipients from employment or loan payment obligations that might delay progress towards degree. It is designed to foster graduate study by facilitating the academic career development of students who have experienced significant educational disadvantage in their prior academic experiences.
- 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 2 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 the summer's after years two, three and four
- Nominee must be an entering first-year graduate student, enrolled in fall Quarter
- Nominee must demonstrate high potential and promise
- Nominee must be a United States citizen or permanent resident
- Nominee needs a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA
- Nominees must demonstrate experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as socioeconomic or educational limitations, 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 working long hours while attending school
- Students are nominated for consideration by their academic program.
- Interested students should contact the program that they are applying to and discuss interest in the fellowship.
- The personal history statement on the UC Irvine Graduate School application will be used to help determine eligibility for nomination and selection of final awardees.
Coordinator, Graduate Recruitment and Student Affairs
Tel.: (949) 824-8730
Fax: (949) 824-9096
- Nomination Deadline: February 11, 2013
- NOTE: Only programs can nominate students
Nominations will be based on the student’s merit and his/her contribution to the diversity of their discipline/graduate program. In accordance with state law, nominees to state-funded programs are not given preferential treatment on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or national origin.
Faculty and Staff Information
More information on the GOF nomination process.