Graduate Division

Grad Weekly Update

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December, 13th, 2018



NASA Postdoctoral Program’s fellowship

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current research opportunities can be viewed on-line:

For further information and to apply, visit:

Send questions to

UC MEXUS - CONACYT: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Mexican Ph.D.s at University of California Campuses
and for UC Ph.D.s at Mexican Institutions

Application Deadline: Feburary 25, 2019

The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) and Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) are pleased to announce a joint program to support postdoctoral researchers at the University of California or at Mexican institutions of higher education or research. Students must have received their Ph.D. by May 3, 2019. For more information, see: 

Institute for Clinical & Translational Science Community Engagement Unit (CEU) Campus-Community Research Incubator Program

Application Deadline: January 18, 2019

The Campus-Community Research Incubator Program (CCRI) is a small grant fund mechanism designed to foster collaborative research-oriented projects between university researchers and community organizations. There are two levels of grant funding available: 1. Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000 (for research applications) and 2. Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000 (for capacity and partnership building applications). The estimated funding period is April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020.


The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation will offer two courses to graduate students and postdocs who want to improve their teaching skills and qualify for CIRTL levels of Associate and Practitioner:

Uni Studies 390X: Developing Teaching Excellence
is offered each quarter on Thursdays from 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Learn more at  (course 87901)
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul  (

Uni Studies 395: Teaching as Research Seminar
is offered quarterly if three students enroll by Monday of Week 1. The seminar meets Wednesday mornings at 9am. 
More information is available at:  (course 87910)
Instructor: Dr. Adrienne Williams (



We would like to inform you that the Chateaubriand Fellowship call for applications for 2019-2020 academic year is now open. This fellowship offered by the Embassy of France in the United States allows PhD students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4-9 months. We believe that this fellowship may interest colleagues in your university or graduate school who have or would like to initiate collaborations with French researchers.


  • Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D.

  • Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university.

  • Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please contact your supervisor in France as early as possible.

For more specific eligibility criteria please visit our website.


  • A monthly stipend,

  • Health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship

  • A round-trip ticket to France

Complete applications must be submitted by January 8, 2019.


“The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Since the first round of competition in 1981, more than 1,200 Newcombe Fellows have been named. Fellows from early years of the program are now senior faculty members at major research universities and selective liberal arts colleges, curators and directors at significant scholarly archives, and leaders and policymakers at nonprofit organizations and in cabinet-level government agencies. In the past decade, national honors such as the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize in History, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences have been accorded to more than a dozen Newcombe Fellows—a number that will continue to grow as more and more Fellows enter the most productive phases of their careers.”


The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is proud to offer workshops throughout the Winter quarter. Topics include using multiple forms of assessment, involving yourself in the classroom learning environment, and reasons why we should not teach to the "average" student. In addition, we will have an information session for graduate students and postdocs covering our most popular programs! Lastly, we will be offering the Course Design Certification Program as well. So RSVP and find out more about how these can count towards the Certificate in Teaching Excellence, click below!

Contact Person: Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul at



Pre-group Meeting Required.

Mondays 3:00pm-4:30pm

Saimir Thano, Ph.D.

This is a graduate student process oriented support group that focuses on increasing insight in order to better understanding self and others. Through the interactive nature of the group members may engage in discussion and explorations of diverse topics including academic concerns, personal growth, and varies relationships such family, academic, professional, and romantic. Giving and receiving of interpersonal feedback is also an important component of this group.

203 Student Services I

Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-6457


Fellowships with the Invention Transfer Group (ITG) offer UCI graduate or professional students, or postdocs a hands-on introduction to university technology transfer and intellectual property management. Technology transfer is a mix of science, business and law. Under the direction of a Licensing Officer at ITG, fellows will assist in conducting technology assessments, prior art searches, writing invention summaries, and initiating market research of UCI inventions. This opportunity gives fellows experience analyzing innovative technologies, and an understanding of the patenting and commercialization processes, while providing an excellent resource to the UCI inventor community.  This fellowship is part-time and paid.


  • UCI graduate-level (Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.D. or J.D.) student or postdoctoral scholar
  • Student should have completed at least one year of graduate studies, and, if a Ph.D. student, have passed their qualifying exams
  • Scientific background in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences, or medicine
  • Must have excellent written communication
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines
  • Requirements:
    • Submit resume and questionnaire to
    • Applicants invited for interviews will be assigned a short case study to be completed within 1 week
    • Approval from faculty advisor, if fellow is a graduate student or postdoc. Postdocs may be required to reduce their appointment if adding this fellowship would bring them over 100% appointment
    • Ability to devote 5-8 hours per week to the program (some assignments may be completed remotely)
    • Minimum six month commitment


UCI is the only UC Campus to give online subscriptions to their students, staff, and faculty. In order to activate your account, please follow these steps:

1. While on campus and connected to UCI’s network, visit

2. Create a account using your school email address.

3. Download your free NYT mobile app at

The expiration of your pass will be shown to you upon activation. You may renew your complimentary pass upon expiration.

To activate, you must be an eligible student, faculty, or staff member at UCI. Does not include e-reader editions, Times Insider Content or digital versions of the New York Times Crossword. Mobile apps are not supported on all devices. Users receive unlimited access to archived articles outside of the date range 1923-1980; articles within that date range are subject to limited access. Other restrictions apply.

For more information, please contact To begin setting up your account, see this link:



The UCI Libraries hope that the winter recess is a time of rest and rejuvenation. If, for some of you, rejuvenation includes leaving campus and doing research while visiting family or friends, or at a workshop or conference, please remember that you can access the Libraries’ electronic full-text journals, e-books, and other electronic resources using UCI’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). We recommend the software version.

And the UCI Libraries participate in a reference consortium that provideschat reference assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when we’re not available to help you.



Interested in a faculty career at a teaching institution and finishing your Master's or Doctoral degree? Bellevue College near Seattle, Washington is currently recruiting for tenure-track faculty positions in Art, English, History, Mathematics, and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Please visit Bellevue College’s employment webpage for more information on the open faculty positions and how to apply.


The Science Policy Group at UCI is an active association of students interested in science policy and advocacy. All graduate students are welcome. Our mission is to encourage discussion, education, and involvement in and around issues of the interactions between science, governance, and policy-making. We also help members find opportunities to get hands-on experience working for policy-makers, nonprofits, and other groups related to their interests. We meet once every two weeks and usually have a guest speaker working in the field.

Connect with us on Facebook,Twitter, or via email at


UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), UCI Graduate Division and the Division of Teaching and Learning centered on professional and pedagogical development and success.

You can sign up here for the UCI-GPS-CIRTL listserv to receive information about professional development opportunities through CIRTL! We anticipate sending approximately one e-mail per week or less with updates.

Contact: For further inquiries, please e-mail



UCI has recently joined a nationwide network of research universities that support improved teaching skills for graduate students and postdocs. The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) provides online courses and supports on-campus communities for future faculty interested in evidence-based STEM teaching and education research.

More Info: Sign up for general updates and information on CIRTL at UCI on the website Students from all disciplines are welcome to participate, though the majority of examples will be STEM-focused.

Contact: During Winter quarter, Dr. Adrienne Williams from the Division of Teaching and Learning is meeting with grads and postdocs interested in helping develop the Teaching as Research program at UCI. If you want to participate or have additional questions about CIRTL, contact her at


What: Claire Trevor School of the Arts offers a Student Arts Pass to full-time UCI registrants, pre-loaded with discounted tickets to the performances of your choice*. Get $5 off the regular student price with a 5-ticket Student Arts Pass ($50); $15 off with a 10-ticket Arts Pass ($95); or $45 with a 20-ticket Pass ($175) – a savings of 10-20%! Purchase your Student Arts Pass at the Arts Box Office or online. Call (949) 824-2787 or email for more info.


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There are a number for professional development opportunities for students this quarter ranging from 1 hour to 3 days in length. Registration is now available!.

Email to register


On Tuesdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM a representative from the Division of Career Pathways provides career advising for both academic and non-academic positions. No appointment necessary, first come, first served.

GRC writing consultants can review publications, funding applications, and job application materials. One-hour appointments are available from 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  Clickhere to schedule your appointment.

  • Communication Consultants

Come meet with a peer communication consultant to get strategies to help you deliver more impactful talks about their research, prepare for interviews, or help with reducing anxiety when speaking. Appointments are 30 minutes.

If you are applying for fellowship funding, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), Fulbright U.S. Student Program or Ford Foundation Fellowships, Dr. Sandra Loughlin can answer questions about the application process and provide feedback on application materials. Click here to schedule your appointment.

The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) is located on the third floor of the Gateway Study Center.


Fall hours for the GRC hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Need additional information about GRC workshops and events:


PHONE: 949-824-3849



The Center for Engaged Scholarship (CES) is pleased to announce that the application portal for this year’s fellowship awards is now open. We are planning to award at least five fellowships of $25,000 each for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Our dissertation fellowships are for Ph.D. students in the social sciences whose work is of high quality and that has the potential to contribute to making U.S. society more equal, more democratic, and more environmentally sustainable.

The CES fellowship is intended for Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy and are currently in their dissertation-writing phase. We welcome applicants from academic departments and programs in the social sciences, including history, and social science-focused interdisciplinary programs; we will not accept applications this time from students in education, public health and social work programs. We also seek a diverse pool of applicants in background and discipline.

We have a three-stage review of our fellowship applications to make sure that our awardees are doing excellent social science. Last year’s finalists were evaluated by eleven different people and over one hundred and fifty social science academics were involved in this review process.

Application deadline is Saturday, December 15, 2018.

To view the 2018 class of CES Fellows and their projects, click here.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2018 due dates of September 30 and December 31. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and our program is found at Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at

I-CORPS   Evidence-based Entrepreneurship

We are now accepting applications for the I-Corps Fall 2018 cycle! Please register for orientation here to learn about the program and the pre-course assignments. To submit an application for the Fall 2018 cohort, please go to

I-Corps is an NSF-funded program that trains individuals to broaden the impact of basic research projects and develop effective solutions to customer problems. We provide the infrastructure, resources, advice, networking opportunities, training, and funding for motivated teams to assess their commercial opportunity. Our mission is to increase research-based technology commercialization capabilities and activities across Orange County, CA.

Key benefits for participating in I-Corps @ UCI Applied Innovation:

- Receive funding up to $2200 that can be used for travel, customer discovery expenses, and some prototype development

- Dramatically increase your success rate for other commercialization funding opportunities such as SBIR, CIA, PFI, POP grant funding

- Access mentorship, regional venture funding, incubators, and support via UCI Applied Innovation’s entrepreneurial network

- Become eligible to apply to the NSF National I-Corps program ($50,000 grant award)

- Many more

learn more at


For over 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). This program has mentored hundreds of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and provided insight into how the DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.

Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists working on focused research projects consistent with the FE mission. At the conclusion of the program, Fellows attend a “Technical Forum” where they will present their research findings and tour a nearby technical site.

For more information visit


Application deadline: December 17, 2018 (Applications must be SUBMITTED by the application deadline)

Letters of Recommendation: will be accepted until January 7, 2019.

Program Dates: June 3 to August 9, 2019


Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
Be a U.S. Citizen
Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level. (Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application. Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for Fall 2019)  Be available to participate in the full 10-week program


Current undergraduate students: $600 per week Current Master's students: $750 per week Current Ph.D students: $850 per week

Some participants may be authorized to receive an additional allowance to offset the cost of housing and travel expenses.


Selections are based on a student's qualifications and the need of the host site. Fellows may be placed at one of several FE sites including, but not limited to: DOE Headquarters, Washington D.C. and Germantown MD; National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA, Morgantown, WV and Albany, OR; Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,

Livermore, CA; Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM; or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.


The Lawrence Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at LLNL that is open to all technical disciplines. Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four fellowships are awarded each year, and the awards are for three years. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. The fellows most often conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment.


The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories/facilities.

The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientists may be from any of the participating DOE national laboratories/facilities. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories/facilities may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2018 due dates of June 30, September 30, and December 31. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and our program is found at Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Eligibility and online application information are available on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs website.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U. S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program¹, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation

  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and

  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities

Eligibility includes individuals with current status under the DACA Program, as well as individuals whose status may have lapsed but who continue to meet all the USCIS guidelines for DACA availablehere.


  • Predoctoral--$24,000 per year for three years

  • Dissertation--$25,000 for one year

  • Postdoctoral--$45,000 for one year

Awardees will have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 70 predoctoral, 36 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Predoctoral: December 13, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)

  • Dissertation: December 6, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)

  • Postdoctoral: December 6, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is January 8, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)


From June 23 - 29, 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Merck Innovation Cup. The Innovation Cup is an initiative for graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany.
All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Protein Engineering and Screening, Digitalization.
Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible. The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan. At the last day of the Innovation Cup a scientific conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.
Applications are now possible at: (For U.S. and Canada)
Deadline: January 31st, 2019


The Rotary Global Grant Scholarships support graduate student academic and research endeavors in a foreign country. Awards are for $30,000 per year and students can receive multi-year awards. For more information go the website, click on service opportunities and Global Grant Scholars for scholarship objectives, selection process, selection criteria, schedule and preliminary application. UCI students are encouraged to apply.

When: Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed as they are received.


The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. We have 4-month semester programs and 3-month summer programs in cities across the U.S.

The Horizons Mentor Network includes current/past employees of firms such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and more. As a Horizons student/graduate, you will have permanent access to this exceptional group of mentors to help with career choices, general mentorship, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We’ve welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.

Application Process/Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduted) an undergrad or graduate university program

  • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on the website

  • Series of fit and logic interviews

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


What: The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is interested in attracting the highest-achieving postdoctoral researchers from premier North American universities through the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program. For more information, please visit websites to learn more about the postdoctoral fellows program at Weizmann Institute of Science and the Zuckerman ScholarsProgram websites.

How: Interested advanced doctoral students should contact Celina Mojica, Director of Diversity, Extramural Funding and Postdoctoral Affairs.

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