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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 provides financial and professional support to accelerate and catalyze the success of doctoral students.  The Sloan Scholar fellowship is awarded to 12 incoming students in the following disciplines:

Chemistry/Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Bioinformatics, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, Nano Engineering, and Structural Engineering

Application Requirements

Interested applicants for the Sloan Scholar Fellowship award must:

  • Demonstrate strong academic achievement
  • Respond to the fellowship questions within the online application for admission pertaining to barriers to educational success and commitment to diversity
  • Have interest and availability to participate in a one month transition program before the start of the academic program in fall quarter

 Selected applications for the Sloan Scholar award will:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be admitted to a Ph.D. program in the Physical Sciences or Engineering
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Have overcome significant educational, social, cultural, or economic disadvantage; or have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, or increasing educational access for disadvantaged populations