Internal Fellowships and Awards

Receiving an internal fellowship not only provides you with financial support, but also enhances your CV. A range of fellowships are available for outstanding PhD students in both basic science and social and populational science programs. See a matrix of all awards offered through the Graduate Division.

Note that number of awards and the award amounts are subject to change each academic year based on available funding.

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How to Get One

  • Graduate students are nominated by their graduate programs for internal competitive fellowships. We urge students interested in being nominated for a competitive fellowship to contact their program administrator.
  • Please review the eligibility requirements on each fellowship. Awards are available to PhD students who are US citizens, permanent residents, undocumented, AB 540, and foreign nationals who are entering their first through fifth years of study as of the upcoming fall term with a 3.0 or higher GPA. ARCS Scholarship requires a 3.5 or higher GPA.
  • Graduate programs with 50 or more students may nominate two students for each fellowship. Programs with fewer than 50 students may nominate one student for most of the fellowships. Eugene Cota-Robles, Graduate Dean's Dissertation Completion, and Rosenberg-Hill fellowships have different nomination restrictions.
  • Graduate programs may nominate a single student for more than one internal fellowship, but each student may only receive one fellowship at a time.
  • Nominations for competitive fellowships (except Eugene Cota-Robles, Graduate Dean's Dissertation Completion, and Rosenberg-Hill) are reviewed and rated by the Graduate Council.
  • Eugene Cota-Robles, Graduate Dean's Dissertation Completion, and Rosenberg-Hill are reviewed and rated by faculty committee or Graduate Division.
  • All recipients of internal fellowships and awards are subject to terms and conditions.

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Nomination Criteria

  • Extent and quality of previous academic work
  • Evidence of research ability
  • Promise of productive scholarship
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Some fellowships have additional criteria; please see individual award descriptions for details.

Nominees for diversity fellowships are evaluated on the following additional criteria. The faculty nomination letter should address one of the following:

  • Experience, situations, or conditions that impeded advancing to graduate study, such as the absence of a family member who attended college
  • Matriculation at a school with poor financial or curricular support
  • Having a disability
  • Having worked long hours while attending school
  • Academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal, or educational problems as they affect educationally disadvantaged segments of society
  • Evidence of an intention to use the doctoral degree toward serving educationally underrepresented segments of society

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Nomination Procedure

Nominations are made by the graduate program administrators via the online nomination system housed in the Office of Registrar (OAR) staff portal. Programs nominating 1st year students as of the upcoming fall term will need to provide the following information:

  • Undergraduate institution
  • Prior graduate institution, if applicable
  • GPA (most current)
  • One recommendation letter from the student's application OR one recommendation letter from a UCSF faculty member.
  • CV or statement of academic achievements, including abstracts of published papers, all postsecondary honors and activities
  • Copy of the transcript submitted with the application

Programs nominating students entering years 2-5 as of the upcoming fall term will need to provide at least the following information (see individual fellowship pages for additional requirements):

  • A single faculty letter nominating the student, describing their potential, academic achievements and significant research work.
  • CV, specific format required. Students interested in being nominated for a competitive fellowship should contact their program administrator for the specific CV required format.
  • Statement of interest: Students must provide 650 words maximum, single spaced, one page, self-authored description of their intended or current research project, focusing on how their work/performance meet the criteria of the fellowship.
  • Unofficial UCSF transcript.

Programs are encouraged to nominate underrepresented minorities, students with physical challenges, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds who are underrepresented in graduate student and faculty populations. Students with AB 540 status or are undocumented students are eligible to receive many of these fellowships. Refer to individual fellowship pages for citizenship requirements.

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Terms and Conditions

Acceptance and expenditure of internal fellowship and award funds constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions:

  • You will register at UCSF and devote yourself to full-time graduate study, dissertation research, or dissertation writing.
  • You will maintain good academic standing and make satisfactory academic progress according to the standards and practices of UCSF.
  • You will not hold an appointment with more than 50% effort in student academic title codes while school is in session. Fellowship recipients may have an appointment up to 100% time during intercession (December and June-August).
  • You will inform the Graduate Division immediately of changes in your status that may affect your award. This includes: the receipt of other fellowships or awards, change in residency status, withdrawal, leave of absence, advancement to candidacy, change in degree objective, or graduation.
  • You will keep your contact information updated through UCSF's Student Portal.

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2020-2021 Fellowship and Award Recipients

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship

Hersh Kumar Bhargava – Biophysics
Jake Bieber – Bioengineering
Christopher Carlson – Tetrad
Jean Digitale – Epidemiology and Translational Science
Nicholas Elder – Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Ramin Farhad – Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Laura Gunsalus – Biomedical and Medical Informatics
Sarah Heater – Tetrad
Katerina Rademacher – Neuroscience
Daphne Superville – Biomedical Sciences
Bianca Vora – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Jiaxi Wang – Biomedical Sciences

Fletcher Jones Fellowship

Raphael Frankfurter – Medical Anthropology
Hecong Qin – Bioengineering

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Chadwick Campbell – Sociology
Laura Duncan – Medical Anthropology

Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship

Aaron Jackson – History of Health Sciences
Tessa Napoles – Sociology

Julius R. and Patricia A. Krevans Fellowship

Johnson Lyimo – Global Health Sciences
Sarah Raifman – Epidemiology and Translational Science

Lloyd M. Kozloff Fellowship

Simone Kurial – Biomedical Sciences
Pooja Suresh – Biophysics

Matilda Edlund Fellowship

Hossein Kalantari – Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Rebecca Newmark – Medical Anthropology

Ralph H. Kellogg Endowed Chancellor’s Fellowship

Leo Chen – Chemistry and Chemical Biology

UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship Program

Rosa Rodriguez – Tetrad

UC President's Pre-Professoriate Fellowship

Antoine Johnson – History of Health Sciences
Rashon Lane – Sociology
Carlos Martinez – Medical Anthropology

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship

Giselle Perez-Aguilar – Sociology
Tiffany Taylor – Medical Anthropology

NIGMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Fellowship Program

Nebat Ali – Biomedical Sciences
Francisco Aparicio – Neuroscience
Lauren Cech – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Angeline Chemel – Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Jocelyne Fadiga – Tetrad
Tianna Grant – Biological and Medical Informatics
Dianne Laboy-Cintron – Biomedical Sciences
Rhea Misra – Biomedical Sciences
Berliza Soriano – Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Steven Sun – Tetrad
Alonso Torres – Bioengineering
Imani Warren – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics

Rosenberg-Hill Graduate Fellowship

Erin Johnson – Sociology
Jenny Min – Nursing
Jeff Nicklas – Sociology


Questions on Graduate Division fellowships may be directed to Karen Thiemann, graduate student financial analyst. Students should contact their program administrator if they are interested in any of the fellowships detailed on the individual fellowship pages and summarized in the awards matrix.

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