Graduate Division

Fletcher Jones Fellowship

Section 1


The 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 approximately $22,290, to be used as a stipend, is intended to assist with doctoral degree completion. 

The call for nominations for this year's Fletcher Jones Fellowship competition at UCI can be found here.

Additional information on the Fletcher Jones Foundation can be found here

Award Information and Criteria

Award totaling approximately $22,290.  

Since this award will be disbursed monthly throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, nominated students must not plan to graduate before the conclusion of Spring Quarter 2020. 

Nominations will be evaluated on the following:

  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Clarity of research explanation and other evidence of communication skills
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Academic achievement
  • Likelihood of timely degree completion (As this fellowship is intended to support doctoral degree completion, students demonstrating a clear plan and strong likelihood of filing their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year will be given the strongest consideration.)


Each School may nominate one outstanding doctoral student who meets the following minimum criteria:

  • Shows financial need
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  • Has a UCI GPA of 3.8 or better through Spring Quarter 2019
  • Has advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. (by July 31, 2019)
  • Is making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree
  • Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

As this fellowship is intended to support doctoral degree completion, students demonstrating a clear plan and strong likelihood of filing their dissertation by the summer dissertation filing deadline at the end of the award year will be given the strongest consideration.

Application Process

Graduate students should consult with their program graduate affairs staff for submission instructions.

All individual student nominations must include the following:

  1. A completed UCI Fletcher Jones Fellowship Nomination Form.
  2. A completed Student Information Form, including the following:
    • 100-word statement of financial need (note any gaps in support, dependents, etc.)
    • 100-word student profile
    • 500-word statement by the nominee describing their research project, progress to date, and plan for completion. Nominees should describe their research in terms that are accessible to a general audience since the reviewers may not be in their field.
  3. A current CV.
  4. Letters of recommendation from the following:
    • The student’s faculty advisor/mentor (this letter should address the student’s financial need, interpersonal and leadership abilities, satisfactory academic progress, and expected date of degree completion)
    • The student’s department chair or program advisor

The nomination package should be forwarded with the signature of the School or Program’s Associate Dean. A letter of recommendation from the Associate Dean is not required.

Contact Info

Questions should be directed to Turner Dahl, 949-824-0409


The deadline for e-mail receipt of completed/signed nomination packages is 5:00pm on Friday, August 30, 2019. Please note that Schools and Programs may have earlier internal submission deadlines.

Please Note

  • 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 2019-2020 to ensure that they are eligible to receive additional fellowship funding.
  • The awardee will not be permitted to serve as a Teaching Assistant during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • In the event the nominee is seleted for this award, please plan accordingly and have a replacement to serve as a Teaching Assistant (if applicable).
  • This fellowship does not include tuition and fees. The awardee's School is expected to cover the cost of the awardee's tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Current Fellow

Evgenia (Genia) Nizkorodov

Evgenia (Genia) Nizkorodov

UCI Doctoral Student, Social Ecology Core Program

School of Social Ecology


  • Ph.D., Social Ecology Core Program, University of California, Irvine, expected 2020
  • Master of Arts in Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and International Relations (Emphasis: Economics), Wellesley, MA, 2013


Ph.D. candidate Evgenia Nizkorodov is co-advised by Dr. Richard Matthew and Dr. David Feldman. Her dissertation examines the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs), or collaborations between public and private actors to co-provide or co-manage goods and services, in bolstering sustainability and resilience in California’s water sector. Her research compares 10 Southern California PPP projects to uncover the process of incorporating sustainability objectives into water PPPs and the economic, political, environmental, and social impacts of these partnership arrangements.

This research fulfills a pressing policy gap. California has struggled to manage its water effectively due to demographic pressure, declining financial and technical support at the state and federal level, climatic stress, and outdated water management systems. A recent federal report found that California has the highest infrastructure investment needs out of any state in the US, requiring $44.5 billion to meet future water needs. PPPs may be uniquely positioned address these challenges by mobilizing resources, providing technical expertise, and sharing project risks with the public partners. Yet, studies suggest that the profit-seeking nature of the private partner may reduce the quality of service and infrastructure provision and may lead to unaffordable water rates. Ultimately, the impacts and the best practices of PPPs are not well understood. 

This research clarifies the role of the private sector in the sustainable provision and management of natural resources. Most importantly, the research assists water districts in providing much-needed water system upgrades in a way that ensures that projects are economically efficient, environmentally sound, and do not disproportionately impact low-income populations.


Genia’s interest in sustainability and environmental governance developed during her undergraduate studies, when she conducted aquatic ecology research in the freshwater lakes surrounding Wellesley College. She is passionate about conducting applied research that can assist policy-makers in effectively adapting to climate change effects at a variety of scales.

Genia is also passionate about creating inclusive and engaging education environments. This passion was heavily shaped by her experiences as a student-athlete, water polo coach, and a parent to two young children. At UCI, she has strived to establish academic and personal support mechanisms for Masters and PhD students through her work as a Graduate Interconnect peer mentor (2014-present) and as a student representative of the School of Social Ecology climate committee (2016-present). Genia has also worked closely with two NGOs to refine their global programmatic efforts in promoting girls’ education in low-income communities. Finally, she has designed and implemented a curriculum of best practices for STEM community college professors and middle school and high school educators. She also utilizes these principles to guide middle school students in developing innovative water conservation solutions (2016-present). 

In her spare time, Genia competes on UCI’s club water polo team.

Past Fellows

Fletcher Jones Fellows