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.
  • 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 Fall 2016 with a 3.0 or higher GPA. ARCS Scholarship requires a 3.5 or higher GPA. Please review the eligibility requirements on each fellowship.
  • 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. Cancer Research, Earle C. Anthony, Eugene Cota-Robles and Rosenberg-Hill fellowships have different nomination restrictions.
  • 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 Cancer Research, Eugene Cota-Robles and Rosenberg-Hill) are reviewed and rated by the Graduate Council.
  • Eligible graduate programs select the non-competitive Earle C. Anthony award and NIGMS IMSD fellowship recipients each year.
  • 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
  • GRE or DAT scores (first-year students only)
  • 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 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)
  • GRE verbal, quantitative, and analytic scores, or
  • DAT perceptual ability, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, academic average, and total science
  • One recommendation letter from the student's application
  • 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, or statement of academic achievements, which may include abstracts of published papers, all postsecondary honors and activities
  • 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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2016-2017 Fellowship and Award Recipients

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship

Sarah Ackley – Epidemiology and Translational Science
Jeremy Bancroft Brown – Bioengineering
Benjamin Barad – Biophysics
Candace Britton – TETRAD
Lauren Byrnes – Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Witney Chen – Neuroscience
Stephanie Holden – Neuroscience
Jean Kim – Bioengineering
Charles Anthony Seller – TETRAD
Lucas Smith – Biomedical Sciences
Adrienne Stormo – Biomedical Sciences

Fletcher Jones Fellowship

Lev Gendelev – Biophysics
Daniel Holohan – Biomedical Sciences

Genentech Fellowship Program

Tarja De Soysa – Biomedical Sciences
Garrett Gaskins – Biological and Medical Informatics
Zairan Liu – Biophysics
Perry Spratt – Neuroscience
Diana Summers – TETRAD
Jinny Sun – Bioengineering
Jasper Williams – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Christopher Zimmerman – Neuroscience

Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship

Emily Behar – Global Health Sciences
Chadwick Campbell – Sociology

Julius R. and Patricia A. Krevans Fellowship

Melina Salvador – Medical Anthropology

Lloyd M. Kozloff Fellowship

Yuan Gao – Biophysics

Matilda Edlund Fellowship

Paige Haas – TETRAD
Carlos Martinez – Medical Anthropology

Predoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Research at UCSF

Allison Drain – Bioengineering

Ralph H. Kellogg Endowed Chancellor’s Fellowship

Carmen Sandoval Espinosa – Neuroscience

UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship Program

Emily Treleaven – Sociology

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship

Jhia Jackson – Sociology
Zoe Samudzi – Sociology
John Williams – Nursing

NIGMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Fellowship Program

Stella Belonwu – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Stephen Cutie – Bioengineering
Veronica Escalante – TETRAD
Elma Frias – Biomedical Sciences Program
Kevin Rivera – Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Daniel Schwarz – Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Earle C. Anthony Fellowship

Joshua Demb – Epidemiology
Melanie Jeske – Sociology
Anna Oh – Nursing
Sara Robertson – History of Health Sciences
Sara Rubin – Sociology
Shannon Satterwhite – Medical Anthropology
Karina Vasilevska-Das – Medical Anthropology
Sarah Rae Wannier – Epidemiology
Denise Whishner – Nursing

Rosenberg-Hill Graduate Fellowship

Adeola Oni-Orisan – Medical Anthropology
Florencia Rojo – Sociology


Questions on Graduate Division fellowships may be directed to [email protected]. 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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