Ph.D. Student Support

Dissertation Research Fellowship, Grant, & Intern Opportunities

The University of California, Irvine Graduate Division and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provide prospective and current graduate students with information about fellowship opportunities and other available funding.

UC Irvine Graduate Division: Funding Your Education
http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/index.html

Fellowships and Awards
http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/index.html


Extramural Fellowship Databases

Grant Forward: http://www.grantforward.com/static/info

SciVal Funding: http://www.funding.scival.com/home

SPIN: https://spin.infoedglobal.com/Home/GridResults


Graduate Support, Dissertation Research Fellowships, and Internships Opportunities

I = confirmed available to International students. Some have country of origin limitations. Check individual websites for specific limitations.

Agency for Health Care Research & Quality: Grants for Health Services Dissertation
ACT Summer Internship Programs
(I)
AERA Dissertation and Research Grant Program (I)
American Association of University Women (AAUW): American Scholarships
American Association of University Women (AAUW): International Scholarships (I)
American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Research Awards (I)
Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Grants Program (I)
Brython Davis Fellowship
Chavez/Eastman/Marshall Dissertation Fellowships at Dartmouth College
Congressional Black Caucus Fellows Program
ETS Fellowship and Internships (I)
Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program
Fletcher Jones Fellowship
Ford Foundation Diversity Awards
Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (I)
Institute of Education Sciences Research Funding Opportunities
Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowships
International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (I)
International Reading Association (IRA) Grants
Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award (I)
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
James J. Harvey Dissertation Quarter Fellowship (I)
Josephine de Karman Fellowship (I)
La Verne Noyes Fellowship
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (I)
Miguel Velez Fellowship (Citizen of Latin American Country)
National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program (I)
National Academy of Science: Policy and Global Affairs Fellowships
National Science Foundation (NSF) Awards
(Some)
Newkirk Center for Science and Society (I)
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Phi Beta Kappa International Student Scholarship (I)
Phi Delta Kappa International Awards and Scholarships
President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship (I)
Public Impact Fellowship (I)
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Pre-doctoral Fellows (NIH)
Society for Research in Child Development (I)
Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
(I)
UC Accord Dissertation Fellowships (I)
UC Irvine Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship
UCI Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship (I)
UC Irvine Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) Program
UC Irvine Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship


Outstanding Dissertation Awards are given by:

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award
Arts Based Educational Research SIG Dissertation Award
American Psychological Association Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award
International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award
National Association of Secondary School Principals Ted Sizer Dissertation Competition
National Council of Measurement in Education (NCME) Dissertation Award



Dissertation Research Support


Agency for Health Care Research & Quality, Grants for Health Services Dissertation

Grants support dissertations in life sciences, social sciences, education, information, public affairs, and nursing on issues related to health care services.

http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/training/rsrchtng.htm


ACT Summer Internship Programs

ACT sponsors a Summer Internship Program, offered annually to outstanding doctoral students interested in careers related to assessment and educational studies. The eight-week program provides interns with practical experience through completion of a project, seminars, and direct interaction with professional staff responsible for research and development of testing programs and other educational services. Open to International Students.

http://www.act.org/humanresources/summerintern.html


AERA Dissertation and Research Grants Programs

The goals of the AERA Grants Program are (a) to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and other federal agencies and (b) to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. Opportunities include the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research, the AERA-AR Fellows Program, and the AERA ETS Fellowship Program in Measurement and Education Research. Open to International Students.

AERA Funding Opportunities: http://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/FundingOpportunities/tabid/10241/Default.aspx

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research: http://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/FundingOpportunities/AERAMinorityFellowshipProgram/tabid/10243/Default.aspx

AERA-AR Fellows Program: http://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/FundingOpportunities/AERAAIRFellowsProgram/tabid/12808/Default.aspx

AERA ETS Fellowship Program in Measurement and Education Research: http://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/FundingOpportunities/AERAETSFellowshipProgram/tabid/12809/Default.aspx


American Association of University Women: American Scholarships

American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/american-fellowships/


American Association of University Women: International Scholarships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S.

http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/international-fellowships/


American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Research Awards

APA and its affiliate organizations provide a wide range of grants, scholarships, awards with the aim of advancing the science and practice of psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health, education, and human welfare.

http://www.apa.org//about/awards/index.aspx

http://www.apa.org/about/awards/search.aspx?query=&fq=(AwardTypeFilt:%22Dissertation%20Award%22)%20AND%20(RecipientTypeFilt:%22Students,%20Graduate%22)


Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Grants Program

AIR, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), sponsors a grant program that provides professional-development opportunities to doctoral students, institutional researchers, educators, and administrators.

http://www.airweb.org/GrantsAndScholarships/Pages/default.aspx


Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)/Lumina Dissertation Fellowships

ASHA/Lumina Dissertation Fellowships aim to promote innovative scholarship by creating an intergenerational community of scholars who will examine social, institutional, and policy barriers to opportunity and student success. The fellowships are intended to advance new research questions, methodologies, and frameworks for the study of access and success that go beyond what is already known about critical topics related to, for example, college choice, financial aid, and student retention. The grant will fund eight to ten dissertation fellowships a year for a three-year period.

http://www.ashe.ws/?page=268


Brython Davis Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to provide support to students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise. To be eligible, one of the nominee's parents must currently be, or have been, a regular member of either the United States Navy or Marine Corps.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/brython-davis.php


Chavez/Eastman/Marshall Dissertation Fellowships

The goal of the Chavez/Eastman/Marshall fellowship program is to promote student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars (including African-American, Latina/o, and Native American scholars) and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity. The Fellowships support graduate scholars for a year-long residency at Dartmouth that generally runs from September through August.

http://graduate.dartmouth.edu/funding/fellowships/cem.html


Congressional Black Caucus Fellows Program

The Congressional Fellows Program offers public policy training to young professionals by providing them with an opportunity to work on Capitol Hill.

http://www.cbcfinc.org/programs/leadership-development/172.html


ETS Fellowship and Internships

ETS offers several programs for scholars who either hold a doctoral degree or who are enrolled in a doctoral program in the field of educational research, measurement and related fields and who are interested in research opportunities. Areas of emphasis include the following: educational measurement and psychometrics, validity, natural language processing and speech technologies, cognitive psychology, learning theory, linguistics and computational linguistics, teaching and classroom research, statistics, international large scale assessments, and assessment design and development.

http://www.ets.org/research/fellowships/


Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program

Grants of up to $5000 are available to help support dissertation expenses of doctoral students in the United States and Canada whose studies have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well being of children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems.

http://www.fahsbeckfund.org/grant_programs.html


Fletcher Jones Fellowship

The Fletcher Jones Foundation was incorporated 1969 in California. In 1997, the foundation made a generous gift to the University of California to support students pursuing graduate academic degrees. At UC Irvine, one graduate fellow is selected annually based on his or her past accomplishments, enthusiasm for excellence, vitality, ingenuity, and leadership potential consistent with that exhibited in life by Fletcher Jones.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/fletcher-jones.html


Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/index.htm


Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis to graduate students enrolled at institutions which grant the Ph.D. degree in the social sciences in the greater Los Angeles area (i.e., the California Institute of Technology, the Claremont Graduate University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Southern California). The fellowships are competitive and are awarded to students whose dissertation proposals have been approved and which address economic, social, policy or political problems of the Los Angeles area.

http://www.haynesfoundation.org/program/index.asp#ffellow


Institute of Education Sciences Research Funding Opportunities

The Institute of Education Sciences has established 10 long-term programs of research under its Education Research Grant Programs. Each of these research programs accepts applications twice a year.

http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ncer_progs.asp


Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowships

The IAF Grassroots Development Ph.D. Fellowship Program provides support for dissertation field research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. from a university in the United States. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and citizens of independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba).

http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/IAF-Grassroots-Development-Fellowship-Program


International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships

The Social Science Research Council awards nine-to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States. IDRF promotes research that is informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives.

http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/idrf-fellowship


International Reading Association (IRA) Grants

IRA honors educators, authors, and others involved in reading and literacy efforts through nearly 40 awards and grants, which include small dissertation grants.

http://www.reading.org/Resources/AwardsandGrants.aspx


Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Dissertation Fellowship

The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. Minimum eligibility includes demonstration of superior academic ability and achievement, successful defense of the dissertation proposal, and unmet financial need.

http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/jack-kent-cooke-dissertation-fellowship-award/


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

This Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

http://www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html


James J. Harvey Dissertation Quarter Fellowship

To be eligible for this fellowship the nominee must be studying male or female homosexuality, including, but not limited to, the sociological, medical, political, historical, or legal ramifications thereof. Also encouraged is the study of James J. Harvey's life, his work, or his expansion of research in homosexuality, or research in or development of any of James J. Harvey's original manuscripts, whether published or unpublished.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/james-harvey.html


Josephine de Karman Fellowship

The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Karman, world-renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951. The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect professor von Karman’s high standards. Fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. Only candidates for the Ph.D. who will defend their dissertation within the year and undergraduates entering their senior year are eligible for consideration.

http://www.dekarman.org/qualifications/


La Verne Noyes Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to provide support to academically superior students in need of financial assistance in funding their education. To be eligible the nominee must be a United States citizen who is a blood descendant of a United States Army or Navy World War I veteran who served for at least four months prior to November 11, 1918, and whose military service was terminated y death or an honorable discharge.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/la-verne-noyes.html


Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMF)

For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada, the MMMF awards grants of approximately $12,000 each; grants are not renewable. To be eligible a woman needs to be at least 25 years old, have a record of service to women and children, and intends to return to her country (or other developing country) within two years of completing use of the MMMF grant and perform at least two years of service to improve the lives of women and children.

http://www.mmmf-grants.org/grants-us.html#criteria


Miguel Velez Fellowship

To be eligible the nominee must be a citizen and resident of a Latin American country. Preference will be given to students from Colombia and other South American countries. Students must show proof of citizenship.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/miguel-velez.html


National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

http://www.naeducation.org/NAED_080200.html


National Academy of Science: Policy and Global Affairs Fellowships

The Fellowship Office of PGA administers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowship programs in research-based fields of study.

http://www.naeducation.org/NAED_080200.html

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201&org=NSF

NSF Graduate Funding Opportunities
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=DGE


Newkirk Center for Science and Society Fellowship

The UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society promotes appropriate and effective use of research in the natural and social sciences to enhance the quality of human life. The goal of the Newkirk Fellowship is to encourage development and sharing of research knowledge with the public and with policy makers so that they can make informed decisions on vital policy issues affecting not only education but also law, health care, crime, and public infrastructure.

http://www.newkirkcenter.uci.edu/grant.html


The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

http://www.pdsoros.org


Phi Beta Kappa International Student Scholarship

Alpha Association of Phi Beta Kappa Alumni in Southern California funds and administers a scholarship program for foreign students engaged in graduate study in Southern California in academic institutions with Phi Beta Kappa Chapters. In granting scholarship awards, the academic committee considers both need and merit.

Additional information: http://www.pbksocalalumni.com/international-scholarschips


Phi Delta Kappa International Awards and Scholarships

PDK supports students who are pursuing graduate degrees in education through several fellowships and awards made available through the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation and its endowed scholarship program. Some of the fellowships and scholarships require that the applicant be a member of Phi Delta Kappa Internationa.

http://pdkintl.org/programs-resources/scholarships-awards/graduate-fellowships/


President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship

The President’s Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowship is intended for students in their final year of graduate school who are planning to pursue teaching and research appointments soon after the end of their dissertation fellowship year. This award is intended to assist graduate students with the completion of their dissertation and to enhance their qualifications as candidates for university faculty teaching and research appointments.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/funding-faculty%20and%20staff/diversity-fellowship-programs/fmy-pdy.html


Public Impact Fellowship

The Public Impact Fellowship highlights and supports doctoral students whose current research has the potential for substantial impact in the public sphere. Ideal candidates will be involved in research designed to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Californians and/or national and global communities.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/public-impact.php


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NIH)

Administered by the National Institute of Health (NIH), this award provide a year of support and a stipend for doctoral research that is health-related.

http://grants.nih.gov/training/F_files_nrsa.htm


Society for Research in Child Development

Established in 2008 by the Student and Early Career Council, the SECC Dissertation Research Funding Awards—up to five non-renewable awards in the amount of $2,000—are given for dissertation research proposals that merit special recognition and display the strong potential to contribute to the field of child development. Submissions should be in the proposal stage (i.e., not completed), and money is to be used for research costs or professional development related to the proposed dissertation project. Applicants must be SRCD members at the time of application and membership must be maintained throughout the award period. International members are strongly encouraged to apply.

http://www.srcd.org/advancing-field/srcd-awards-research-grants/secc-dissertation-research-funding-awards


Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Spencer Foundation provides individual fellowships to doctoral students at the dissertation stage and to scholars engaged in postdoctoral work. Both programs support research related to education and are administered by the National Acadamy of Education (NAEd).

http://www.spencer.org/content.cfm/fellowship-awards



UC Accord Dissertation Fellowships

UC Accord offers fellowships for research that will support dissertation completion and inform Californians' about efforts to replace prevailing patterns of schooling inequality and disparities in access to higher education with equitable conditions and outcomes for children from all sectors of the state. Fellowship are open to UC graduate students in Humanities, Social Sciences, School of Education, and Information Studies. Applicants must be advanced to candidacy by the time funding starts.

http://ucaccord.gseis.ucla.edu/fellowships-grants/


UC Irvine Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship

The Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship offers two years of centrally-funded support which includes payment of student fees and a stipend of $12,500/year. Two additional years of support are awarded by the program. Nominees for this fellowship are required to have an "interest in an academic career in teaching and research."

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity/ECR.php


UC Irvine Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship

The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) forms an important link in the continuum of support for academically promising graduate students. This award assists recipients in acquiring and developing advanced research skills under faculty mentorship. It is designed to improve mentoring for UCI doctoral students who are not yet at the dissertation stage and have not yet advanced to candidacy and is expected to increase the number of students who complete their Ph.D. degree and successfully acquire a faculty appointment.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity/FMP.php


UCI Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship

The Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship aims to increase dissertation completion amongst doctoral students.  This award is intended for students in their final year of graduate education who have a realistic expectation of degree completion during the 2012-2013 academic year.  The award will allow students to forgo their non-research related employment obligations to concentrate on completing their dissertation.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/graduate-deans-dissertation.php


UC Irvine Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) Program

The GOF is a multi-year, multi-summer fellowship award, including four summers of support (the first, pre-entry summer requires  participation in our Competitive Edge pre-entry program), as well as two years of guaranteed departmental support (e.g., from TA/GSR/GSAR funding). This award is used to provide support for first year domestic graduate students pursing the M.F.A. or Ph.D. who contribute to the diversity of the institution, and is intended to release recipients from employment or loan payment obligations that might delay progress towards degree. It is designed to foster graduate study by facilitating the academic career development of students who have experienced significant educational disadvantage in their prior academic experiences.

http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/diversity/GOF.php


Outstanding Dissertation Awards


Association for the Study of High Education (ASHE) Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award

Sponsored by Emerald Publishing and named in memory of Irvin Lee (Bobby) Wright, this award recognizes one or more dissertations that serve as exemplary models of the methodology employed. Criteria also include the significance of the dissertation topic.

http://www.ashe.ws/?page=102


Arts Based Educational Research (ABER) SIG Dissertation Award

The Arts Based Educational Research (ABER) Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) sponsors the ABER Outstanding Dissertation Award for the best Doctoral Dissertation that explores, is an exemplar of, and pushes the boundaries of arts-based educational research. The award is intended for students who have defended and/or graduated in the year preceding the award.

http://www.abersig.com/dissertation-award.php


American Psychological Association Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award

Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association offers the Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award to recognize excellence in doctoral dissertation. The doctoral dissertation research must have been completed within the past two years. The dissertation must be in the area of educational psychology, broadly defined, and the proposed recipient must be a member or affiliate of the Division at the time of the award consideration. One award is given each year.

http://www.apadiv15.org/awards/paul-r-pintrich-dissertation-awards


International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award

Dissertations in reading or related fields are eligible for the competition. Studies using any research approach (ethnographic, experimental, historical, survey, etc.) are encouraged. Each study is assessed in the light of this approach, the scholarly qualification of its report, and its significant contributions to knowledge within the reading field. Applicants must be current members of the International Reading Association.

http://www.reading.org/Resources/AwardsandGrants/research_outstanding.aspx


National Association of Secondary School Principals Ted Sizer Dissertation Competition

NASSP is holding two competitions for dissertations focused on leadership research at the middle and high school levels. Through the competitions, NASSP seeks to recognize outstanding research that builds on the association’s tradition of supporting best middle level and high school leadership practices for school leaders.


http://www.principals.org/Awards-and-Recognition/Dissertation-Competitions


National Council of Measurement in Education (NCME) Brenda H. Loyd Dissertation Award

The Brenda H. Loyd Award honors an outstanding dissertation in the field of educational measurement.

http://www.ncme.org/about/awards/loyd.cfm