Extramural Fellowships

Extramural Fellowships are merit-based support provided by external national, international or private foundations.  Many awards have competition due dates up to a year before the money is distributed for awarded applications.

Extramural fellowships are a way to help foster successful scientific careers. These fellowships are often distinguished by well-developed research projects and demonstrate the recipient’s commitment to securing support. The UCI Graduate Division encourages students to apply for these prestigious awards. Eligibility, support, and application procedures vary by fellowship. Students should consult with their respective program faculty advisor as they prepare applications.  Below is information regarding some of the largest and most prestigious extramural fellowships for which Graduate Division provides support.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship

  • Overview: National Institutes of Health – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award(NRSA)

National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

  • Overview: The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers fellowships to students in the early stages of pursuing a research based Master's or Ph.D. degree.

Search Resources for Finding Other Fellowships

There are many fellowship opportunities in addition to those discussed on this website. Graduate students are encouraged to explore the search engines included on the Resources Page to identify appropriate funding opportunities.