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Graduate Fellowship Initiative (GFI)


The Graduate Fellowship Initiative (GFI) was established in 2017 as a way to 1.) diversify the types of and 2.) increase the number of student-initiated extramural fellowships awarded to UC San Diego graduate students. The Graduate Division, in partnership with a student's home academic department, will supplement tuition and fees for select extramural fellowships. The primary list of approved student-initiated extramural fellowships is below, but please note this list is not exhaustive. Should a graduate student receive a fellowship not noted anywhere on this page, please email to discuss the specifics. New fellowships will be added to this list as the program continues.

Extramural fellowships are funded by agencies/organizations that are not associated or affiliated with the UC system, including UC San Diego. Fellowships awarded by the Graduate Division, graduate program, campus, and/or the UC system are considered intramural funds and are not eligible under this initiative, regardless of fund source. For example, block grant and FISP/CRES fellowships are not eligible. Additionally, NSF GRFP, NIH F30/F31, and NIH T32 awards are not eligible.

To request Graduate Fellowship Initiative support, departmental graduate coordinators should submit the form linked below. Students receiving extramural fellowships cannot submit this request form, instead they should work with staff in their home academic department to request GFI support.

To request GFI support, please submit this online form


F e l l o w s h i p *

A m o u n t

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

$25,000 stipend

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

$24,000 stipend

Gates Millennium Scholarship


GEM Fellowship


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion

$30,000 stipend; $3,000 research; $5,000 fees

CLIR/Library of Congress Mellon Fellowship

$31K stipend

Social Sciences Research Council Fellowships

$21K stipend on average; varies

Harvard University Program on Negotiation

$26K stipend

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation
Research Abroad

$33,461 stipend on average, depends on country and duration of the project period

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Depends on country, duration, travel, room and board

American Association of University Women
Dissertation Fellowship

$20,000 stipend

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

$25,000 stipend

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship


Josephine De Karman Fellowship

$25,000 stipend

Chateaubriand Fellowship

€1.5K/month stipend; travel

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships** 

$90,000 for up to two years

American Association of University Women American Summer/Short-Term
Research Publication Grants

$6,000 over an eight week time period

*The Graduate Division will consider support for other substantive extramural fellowships that meet eligibility criteria. Please email with questions.
**These fellowships are eligible for one quarter of tuition and fee supplement.