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 $18,600 is intended to assist with doctoral degree completion. 

Fletcher Jones Fellowship

Fletcher Jones Foundation Home Page

Award Info

$18,600 (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 4th.

Current Fellow

Jesse Angle

Jesse Angle

UCI Doctoral Student, Materials Science and Engineering


  • Materials Science and Engineering, UCI, M.S., 2014 expected
  • Materials Science and Engineering, UCI, M.S., 2010
  • Applied Mathematics, UCI, B.S., 2009


Jesse’s research focuses on understanding the fundamental properties of ceramic materials used in energy applications. He previously worked on developing novel synthesis methods to efficiently produce ceramic materials used as fuel cell electrolytes. He is currently exploring how the water in air (steam) can affect these materials when they are used at high temperature. He has found that low levels of water vapor can have dramatic effects on how atoms move around in the materials. This is very significant since many applications where these ceramic materials are used, like jet turbines and fuel cells, operate at high temperatures and are exposed to large amount of steam. 


Jesse Angle holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from UCI. He hopes to complete his doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering in 2014. 

Jesse became interested in materials while attending Santa Ana Community College, prior to coming to UCI to finish his undergraduate degree.  The immediate need for the development of clean and renewable energy sources inspired Jesse to work on materials for energy applications.

In addition to working in the lab, Jesse enjoys playing flag football and softball on the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science intramural sports team, Chemically Material. In his free time, Jesse can be found visiting the farmers' market, reading books at coffee shops, and hanging out at the beach.  After completing his Ph.D., Jesse plans to pursue a post-doctoral position and continue doing research on ceramic based energy materials. His long term goal is to obtain a tenure-track faculty position at a research institution.  He will also be getting married this year after completing his doctorate.

Past Fellows