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Friends of International Center Fellowship

This fellowship opportunity is for graduate students and medical students that in some way promote international friendship, understanding, and cooperation in a meaningful way. Whether you are an international student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UC San Diego or if you are a graduate student pursuing research with international ties, this is a great opportunity to gain funds and access to the Friends of International Center community on campus. 

Founded in 1961, the Friends of International Center organization supports international education at UCSD in numerous ways, one of which is raising money for and awarding student fellowships. 

Graduate Division in partnership with the Friends of the International Center (Friends) will be awarding fellowships to UCSD graduate students and medical students for 2020-21.

At a glance:

  • The selection of students for the scholarships will be made by the Friends Scholarship Committee.
  • Up to 30 graduate scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded.
  • Applicants must be nominated by their department, students may not self-nominate. 
  • In order to apply, please contact your graduate department coordinator.

A note about the COVID-19: This award often supports students that travel abroad. Although travel may be restricted, rescheduled, or delayed during this time, the spirit of the award remains the same. The committee is fully aware of this and will keep this in mind as they review applications for this year. 


  • Graduate students planning to conduct research or study abroad. (The Scholarship Committee is aware that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted travel and will consider future intention to conduct research or study abroad as fulfilling this criterion.) 
  • Foreign graduate students in residence at UC San Diego during 2021-22.
  • Students must have a distinguished academic record.
  • The student must have completed one year of full-time graduate study for the Ph.D., D.M.A., M.F.A., or M.P.I.A. at UCSD by the time of award.
  • Students must be registered for a full-time program of study and research in 2021-22 or, in the case of foreign student nominees, will be on campus at UC San Diego in 2021-22.
  • Students who promote international friendship, understanding, and cooperation in a meaningful way.
  • U.S. graduate students participating in a University of California EAP program should apply through the Study Abroad office ( ).
  • The following degree programs are not eligible:
    • School of Medicine M.D. (currently listed)
    • Skaggs School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. and Masters Degree in Drug Development & Product Management
    • Rady School of Management M.B.A.

Nomination Materials

Your graduate coordinator must submit the following application materials to

  1. Letter from the department chair or graduate advisor containing:
    • An evaluation of the nominee's graduate performance to date and potential for future contributions to research or artistic activity in the student's discipline.
    • Other support the student is receiving and the student's financial need, if any.
    • Contribution the student has made, if any, to promoting international friendship, understanding, and cooperation at UCSD.
  2. Statement from the nominee
    • Two-page maximum
      • A willingness to volunteer, mentor and/or pay it forward with their peers is encouraged though not a requirement. 
      • A willingness to meet with one or more of their donors is encouraged though not a requirement. In the statement, the nominee should describe their qualifications for the award, graduate study, career plans, financial need, past and proposed contributions to promoting international friendship and understanding at UC San Diego. The nominee should also explain their intended use of the award.
  1. Student's vitae with current email and mailing address.
  2. Student's current transcript. (Unofficial is acceptable.)

How to Apply

The department coordinator must fill out use this Google Form to submit a nomination

Students may not self-nominate for this award. If you are interested in applying please reach out to your graduate coordinator and ask for about the nomination process for the department. Faculty members must also work with their department coordinators to submit the nomination materials. 

Each department may nominate up to three students.


The deadline for the Friends of International Center Fellowships is in February. The Friends will select and notify the scholars shortly thereafter.

  • Departments can submit nominations via the link above.
  • Only department submissions will be accepted; students must work with their departments and may not self-nominate.