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Fellowships and Opportunities for Entering Graduate Students

Competitive EDGE

The Competitive EDGE summer research program as a transition program for selected incoming graduate students. The program is designed to give selected graduate students an opportunity to begin research in their UC San Diego academic department the summer prior to the start of their graduate program. The program is motivated by the campus's commitment to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and by the belief that a diverse graduate student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students. Read full program guidelines.

San Diego Fellowship and Cota Robles Fellowship

The University of California, San Diego offers the Cota Robles and San Diego Fellowship program as a means to increase campus diversity. The program is motivated by the campus's commitment to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and by the belief that a diverse graduate student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students. Applicants for the fellowship must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or AB 540-qualified and only new incoming students are eligible. Applicants have the opportunity to apply for the Cota Roles and San Diego Fellowship program in the online application process and do so by responding to two questions that pertain to personal background and contributions to diversity. Read full program guidelines.

SEED Fellowship

The University of California, San Diego offers the Strategic Enhancement of Excellence Through Diversity (SEED) Fellowship as a means to increase campus diversity. The program is motivated by the campus's commitment to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and by the belief that a diverse graduate student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students.

The SEED Fellowship is a recruitment and retention tool that provides fellowship support to those students who merit admission into graduate programs at UCSD and whose presence would enhance diversity to the benefit of the entire campus community. SEED Fellowships are awarded to nominees who received an associate, bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree from an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an Historically Black College or University (HBCU), or a Tribal College or University (TCU). Read full program guidelines.

Sloan Scholars Program

UC San Diego is designated a University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) through a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  UC San Diego is committed to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and believes that a diverse graduate student  body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students.

The UCEM at UC San Diego offers the Sloan Scholar Fellowship program as a means to increase campus diversity in Engineering and Physical Sciences. In addition the UCEM provide professional support to catalyze the success of doctoral students.  The Sloan Scholar fellowship is awarded to 12 incoming doctoral students in the following disciplines:  Chemistry/Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Bioinformatices, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, Nano Engineering, and Structural Engineering. Read full program guidelines.

Tribal Membership Initiative

The Tribal Membership Initiative is a diversity initiative by the Graduate Division to increase diversity, by providing fellowships to incoming graduate students from Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian ancestry. These groups’ federal and state recognition depends not on their racial or ethnic designation, but on the political designation as enrolled members of a community to which the state has a political arrangement that includes responsibilities and obligations. Read full program guidelines.