Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship (D, R)

Fellowship details

Application Status
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Rolling Deadlines
Period of Funding
The academic year beginning October
Citizenship Requirements
U.S. Citizen


The Eugene Cota-Robles (ECR) Fellowship is the most prestigious diversity fellowship offered at UC Irvine. This award is used to release recipients from employment or loan obligations that might delay progress in graduate study. The fellowship is designed to place students interested in careers in academic teaching and research on a fast-track towards completing their doctoral degree, and to increase the number of qualified candidates for faculty positions within the University of California. The Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship is named in honor of one of the earliest Mexican-American professors in the University of California System.

Award Information

  • In the first year, Graduate Division will award fellowship support in the form of a $37,000 stipend, distributed during the academic year beginning October, plus payment of fees/tuition and nonresident tuition (year one only), if applicable.
  • During the second, third, fourth and fifth year, the student’s academic program is obligated to provide funding at an equivalent level of support (e.g., TA, GSR, etc. funding).
  • Fellows will receive a $1,000 professional development stipend in July after their first year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Awardee must indicate an interest in an academic career in teaching and research.
  • Awardee must be admitted to a doctoral program at UCI.
  • Awardee may not have ever been or currently enrolled in a doctoral program at UCI.
  • Awardee must demonstrate high potential and promise.
  • Awardee must be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or AB540 eligible
  • Awardee needs to be interviewed by the admission committee.
  • Awardee must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and master’s (if applicable) GPA.
  • Awardee must have a pending SIR at the time of nomination.
  • Awardee must meet the UC definition of diversity.


Award process is administered at the school and/or department level. If you would like to be considered for this award, contact the staff coordinator of the program in which you are interested.

Graduate Division Contact:  Questions can be directed to Mariela Menendez at

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