The UC Irvine Fletcher Jones Fellowship is a highly prestigious award, made available through funding from the Fletcher Jones Foundation.  It is competitively awarded to an outstanding doctoral student who has advanced to candidacy and demonstrates financial need.  The award of a one-year fellowship of $18,800 is intended to assist with doctoral degree completion. 

Fletcher Jones Fellowship

Fletcher Jones Foundation Home Page

Award Info

$18,800 (full award)


All disciplines offered by the General Campuses are eligible, with the exception of Physical Education, Business Management, Law, and Medicine.

 Each school may nominate one outstanding graduate student who meets the following minimum criteria:

  1. Shows financial need.
  2. Exhibits excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities.
  3. Has a UC GPA of 3.8 or better through Spring quarter, 2014
  4. Has advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.
  5. Is making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree.
  6. Is a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.

Application Process

All individual student nominations must include the following:

  1. A completed UCI Fletcher Jones Fellowship Nomination Form
  2. A completed Student Biographical Profile w/ 100 word student profile
  3. A current CV.
  4. A statement by the nominee of no more than 1 page in length describing their research project, progress to date, and plan for completion.  Candidates should describe their research in terms that are accessible to a general audience since the reviewers may not be in their field.
  5. Recommendation letters from the student’s department chair or program advisor, and the student’s faculty advisor.
  6. The nomination package should be forwarded with the signature of the School’s Associate Dean.
More information about this fellowship may be found on the Fletcher Jones Call for Nominations document.

Contact Info

Questions should be directed to Kate Triglia, 949-824-9031.


The deadline for e-mail receipt of completed/signed nomination packages is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

September 30th is our deadline to provide the scholar information to the Office of the President.

Current Fellows

Katie Dingmen-Cerda

Katie Dingmen-Cerda

UCI Doctoral Student, Social Sciences


  • Sociology, UCI, Ph.D., 2013 expected
  • Sociology, UCI, M.A., 2009
  • Sociology, Saint Mary's College, B.A., 2006


Before deciding to pursue her doctoral degree, Katie worked as a social worker, which fueled her passion to help others. Witnessing the experiences of undocumented Central American youth who had been detained by immigration officials furthered Katie’s desire to help those less fortunate. She saw several adolescents denied legal status and involuntarily returned to countries from which they had escaped. Most often, these individuals were seeking to escape from the violence, poverty, or an adverse family situation. She uses her research to ‘give voice’ to deportees and, where appropriate, challenge the logic of contemporary modes of governing migration.  

Katie is intellectually and politically motivated by the study of international migration. Her dissertation explores the diverse ways individuals navigate their lives after they have been deported from the United States to El Salvador. She hopes to be able to use my research to not only further academic and policy discourse, but to help students understand the human side of migration.


Katie Dingeman-Cerda holds a B.A. in Sociology from Saint Mary's College, and also holds a master's degree in Sociology from UCI. She hopes to complete her doctorate in Sociology in 2013. Katie is pursuing research on the experiences of Salvadoran deportees.  As a 2012-2013 Pedagogical Fellow, she enjoys helping undergraduate students cultivate their sociological imaginations through active engagement with ethnographic data they collect themselves.   

She hopes to continue exploring issues related to stratification within Latino and Latin American populations where she believes her research has the potential to be used to influence real lives in addition to expanding the dialogue within the international migration subfield. Katie enjoys relaxing through physical activities such as swimming, running, biking, hiking, and doing yoga.  She can also be found practicing meditation, playing with her skateboarding English Bulldog Babbu, and spending time with her family, which includes her husband and newborn baby boy, Dylan.

Past Fellows