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 $19,000 is intended to assist with doctoral degree completion. 

Fletcher Jones Fellowship

Fletcher Jones Foundation Home Page

Award Info

$19,000 (full award)


All disciplines offered by the General Campuses are eligible, with the exception of Business Management, Law, and Medicine (Ph.D. students are eligible, but MBA, MD, and JD students are not).

 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 2015.
  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 Information Form including a statement of financial need of approximately 100 words.
  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.

If students have applied for and accepted Financial Aid loans or Work-Study awards and subsequently receive any fellowships, the additional support may affect their eligibility for need-based financial aid. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to determine if their eligibility will be affected. Students should also review the terms of any funding that they have accepted for AY 2015-2016 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding before applying.

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 Tuesday, September 1st, 2015.

Current Fellow

Lydia Zacher Dixon

Lydia Zacher Dixon

UCI Doctoral Student,Department of Anthropology, Concentration in the Anthropologies of Medicine, Science and Technology


  • Anthropology, UCI, Ph.D., 2015 expected
  • Anthropology, UCI, M.S., 2013
  • Gender Studies, University of Chicago, B.A., 2002


Lydia’s research examines the current development of professional midwifery education programs in Mexico, where midwifery had long been officially marginalized by the state. She spent 17 months conducting ethnographic research in midwifery schools and clinics across Mexico in order to understand the factors associated with the current reemergence of midwifery as a legitimate field of expertise within the healthcare system. Her findings indicate that both grassroots activism among midwifery groups and international pressure to invest in midwifery as a development strategy in response to a maternal mortality crisis have contributed to this recent trend. However, as midwives work with the state to determine the best midwifery education model, tensions arise around questions of what midwives should know, how they should learn, and in where they should practice. This research has broader implications for how we understand the standardization of emergent medical models and the interaction between health, gender and development.


Lydia’s interest in women’s health issues began as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where she majored in Gender Studies, minored in Latin American Studies, and completed pre-med coursework. Her senior thesis there investigated Mexican American women’s contraceptive choices.

Before going on to graduate school in Anthropology at UCI, Lydia lived in Mexico for four years, working with various women’s health and midwifery organizations as a field worker, translator, and sexual health educator. She also spent time in California and New Mexico, where she worked in women’s health clinics and trained as a birth assistant and lactation educator.

In her free time, Lydia enjoys reading, playing music, and being crafty. She also loves going on adventures around Catalina Island, where she lives with her family. Her long term goals are to attain a tenure-track faculty position and to continue to research issues related to women’s reproductive health and health education.

Past Fellows