Graduate Division

Training Grants


Graduate Division supports the efforts of Principal Investigators (PIs) applying for training grants by providing any of the following items:

  • Institutional Letter of Support
  • Matching 25% of Student Support of Grant Expenditures (stipends and tuition/fees only)
  • Predoctoral Student Data
  • Diversity Component (Recruitment and Retention plans) and Campus Professional/Personal Development Resources for Trainees

To receive the above support for training grants, please make a formal request 5 weeks before the SPA due date to Yergalem Meharenna with the following information:

  • Name of funding agency and title of training grant
  • The date due to SPA
  • If the grant will include both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (needed for Letter of Support)
  • The number of predoctoral trainees to be supported and a preliminary budget for stipends and tuition/fees for trainees (used for tracking Graduate Division cost-share)
  • For the predoctoral student data, please provide a list of graduate programs/departments inlcuded in the training grant proposal.
  • If Graduate Division support is needed again for a resubmission, please make another formal request to Yergalem Meharenna.
  • Mentoring and professional development plan for trainees

If the training grant is funded, please provide Yergalem Meharenna with a copy of the agency award letter (used for tracking Graduate Division cost-share) and an annual progress report (same progress report submitted to funding agency).



Please confirm all data, regarding application dates and requirements with PIs and faculty

Section 2

School of Biological Sciences

Developmental & Cell Biology

NIH T32-Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology
PI: Arthur Lander
(949) 824-1721

PI: Qing Nie (Mathematics)
(949) 824-5530

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program- A training incubator for addressing urban environmental change from Ridge to Reef (R2R)
PI: Steven Allison
(949) 824-2772

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

NIH T32-Training Program in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (CBT)
PI: David Fruman
(949) 824-1947, 2274 

NIH T32-Training Program in Chemical and Structural Biology
PI: Thomas Poulos
(949) 824-7020, 4322, 2856

Neurobiology & Behavior

NIH-T32 Interdisciplinary Training in the Center for Hearing Research 
PI: Raju Metherate
(949) 824-6141

MBRS Initiative for Minority Student Development 

NIH-IMSD Program at the University of California
PI: Luis Mota-Bravo
(949) 824-5680

Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering  

NIH T32-Cardiovascular Applied Research & Enterpreneurship (CARE)
PI: Chris Hughes (joint appt in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry)
(949) 824-8771, 8143, 3379

Chemical Engineering & Materials Sciences

GAANN Graduate Fellowship for Chemical & Biomedical Engeering & Material Sciences Engineering
PI: Martha Mecartney
(949) 824-2919

Biophonics across Energy, Space, & Time (BEST) IGERT
PI: Vasan Venugopalan
(949) 824-5802

Opportunities for Nuclear Research and Training in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering: UC Irvine Nuclear Fellowship Program
PI: Mikael Nilsson
(949) 824-2800

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Australia/US NSF PIRE Grant
PI: Stanley Grant
(949) 824-8277

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) for Water-Energy Solutions and Technologies
PI: Scott Samuelsen
(949) 824-5468

School of Medicine

Medical Science Training Program

NIH T32 - Medical Sciences Training Program (MD/PhD students only)
PI: Alan Goldin
(949) 824-5334, 8508

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

NIH T32-Training in the Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Viruses
PI: Bert Semler
(949) 824-7573, 6058

NIH R25 Intensive Course in Cancer Systems Biology
PIs: John S. Lowengrub (Mathematics) 
(949) 824-8456
Marian L. Waterman (MMG)  
(949) 824-2885, 3096


NIH T32-Training in the Neurobiology of Aging
PI: Carl Cotman 
(949) 824-5847

PI: Andrea J. Tenner 
(949) 824-3268


NIH T32-Immunology Research Training Program
PI: Eric Pearlman
(949) 824-1867

Orthopaedic Surgery

NIH-T32 UCI Multidisciplinary Exercise Science Training Program 
PI: Vincent Caiozzo
(949) 824-5571


NIH T32-Epilepsy Research Training Program
PI: Tallie Baram
(949) 824-1131, 1063

Psychiatry & Human Behavior

NIH T32-Training Program in Stem Cell Translational Medicine for Neurological Disorders
PI: Leslie Thompson
(949) 824-6756, 1910

School of Physical Sciences


NSF Logic in Southern California with UCLA & California Institute of Technology
PI: Matthew Foreman
(949) 824-5424

NSF RTG Research Training Program Mathematical & Computational Biology
PI: Qing Nie
(949) 824-5530

PI: Arthur Lander (Develomental and Cell Biology)
(949) 824-1721

NIH R25 Systems Biology: A Foundation for Interdisciplinary Careers
PI: German Enciso
(949) 824-3727


GAANN Fellowship for Physics & Astronomy
PI: Asantha Cooray
(949) 824-6832

Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

NSF "NRT-DESE: Team Science for Integrative Graduate Training in Data Science and Physical Science"
PI: Padhraic Smyth
(949) 824-2558

School of Humanities

School of Social Sciences

EAGER: Piloting a multi-campus training program in algorithmic processes, data analytics and mobile computing for sociolegal scholars

PI: William Maurer
(949) 824-6802


Graduate Professional Success in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (GPS-STEM) program started in October 2019 and is sponsored by the Schools of Biological Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Physical Sciences and the Provost's Office. The program serves both PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows from all S.T.E.M disciplines. 

GPS-STEM program is designed to better prepare our scientists for a variety of careers within the S.T.E.M research workforce, and empower them to become not only skilled researchers, but also polished professionals. GPS-STEM works to create, identify and support innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training STEM.

The program is designed to achieve following goals - 

  • Increase awareness and interest in diverse careers outside of academic research (EXPLORE).
  • Improve communication and other skills needed to pursue academic and non-academic career paths (TRAIN).
  • Provide hands-on experience through on campus and external internships (EXPERIENCE).
  • Build networks that allow our members to prepare for and transition to diverse careers (TRANSITION).

GPS-STEM was formerly called GPS-BIOMED, which was funded by a NIH-BEST award to increase career and professional development of trainees in the biomedical sciences. In Oct 2019, after the NIH-BEST funding expired, the program transitioned and expanded to all S.T.E.M disciplines. 


PI: David Fruman 
(949) 824-1947, 2274 

Director: Harinder Singh
(949) 824-8372.

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