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Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) Graduate Fellowship Program


The University of California, San Diego offers the Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) as a means to provide a high quality research experience to prepare students from a wide array of educational programs and backgrounds for graduate education. 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 STARS Graduate Fellowship is a recruitment and retention tool that provides fellowship support to alumni of the STARS program who apply and are admitted to graduate study at UC San Diego.

Eligibility

  • Applicants for the STARS Graduate Fellowship must have completed the STARS summer undergraduate research program within 3 years prior to being admitted to graduate study at UC San Diego.
  • Applicants for the STARS Graduate Fellowship must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or AB 540-qualified individuals.
  • Only applicants admitted to Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A., and M.F.A. programs are eligible for the fellowship.
  • Only new incoming students are eligible.

UC-HBCU Initiative participants of the STARS program are not eligible for the STARS Graduate Fellowship because they are eligible for a similar fellowship program through the UC Office of the President.

STARS Fellowship Application Procedures

Applicants to a Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A., or M.F.A. program at UC San Diego who are interested in applying for the STARS Fellowship should indicate their participation in STARS in the “Other” section of the online application for admission.  Applicant must also provide the name of the director of the program and the director’s email address.  This information will be used to verify participation in the STARS undergraduate research program.

Awardee Identification and Selection

The Graduate Division will identify eligible candidates and verify participation in the STARS summer undergraduate research program within three years prior to being admitted to graduate study at UC San Diego. 

All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status.

STARS Fellowship Award Information

  • All Ph.D. and D.M.A. recipients receive a four year award with funding of $20,000, payment of tuition and fees, and where applicable, payment of non-resident supplemental tuition (first year only).
    • The Graduate Division provides support for years 1 and 4 ($20,000 funding, plus payment of tuition and fees).
    • The department or program provides support for years 2 and 3 at a comparable level or higher.
      • Department support may include employment as a Graduate Student Researcher or Instructional Assistant (Teaching Assistant, Reader, or Tutor). The department or program may supplement the stipend amount.
  • M.F.A. and Ed.D. students selected as fellows shall receive three year awards with funding of $20,000, payment of tuition and fees, and where applicable, payment of non-resident supplemental tuition (first year only).
    • The Graduate Division provides support for years 1 and 2 ($20,000 funding each year, payment of tuition and fees).
    • The department or program provides support for year 3 at a comparable level or higher.
      • Department support may include employment as a Graduate Student Researcher or Instructional Assistant (Teaching Assistant, Reader, or Tutor). The department or program may supplement the stipend amount.
  • All continuing support is contingent upon the fellow remaining in good academic standing and meeting established departmental criteria for good academic progress toward the degree.
  • If a STARS Fellowship recipient carries other extramural funding upon matriculation at UC San Diego, the extramural support will take precedence and will be utilized first.
  • Nominees that participated in STARS more than one summer are eligible for one fellowship only.