Engineering Pathway to the PhD Fellowship


The Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s commitment to diversity is exemplified by providing sources of funding for students from diverse backgrounds.  The Engineering Pathway to the PhD Fellowship aims to support M.S. students who can enhance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of our graduate programs. This fellowship places an emphasis on supporting M.S. students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D.  By eliminating the need for employment during the fellowship year, this funding allows more time to focus on research and academics.

This highly prestigious award provides incoming and current engineering students in a full-time M.S. in Engineering program with a one-year fellowship, which will cover student fees and tuition, non-residential supplemental tuition (if applicable) and $18,000 in stipend.

Minimum Criteria

  • Enrolled in a M.S. in Engineering as a full-time student
  • Is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA/AB540 eligible
  • Has interest in pursuing PhD
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Has a graduate GPA (for current M.S. students) or undergraduate GPA (for incoming M.S. students) of at least a 3.0
  • Must qualify as a diversity student, as defined by the University of California


Fellowship recipients are expected to participate in outreach activities (10 hours/week), attend quarterly graduate student success workshops, and be mentored by a doctoral student or faculty member. Potential outreach activities include STEM tutoring, mentoring, and program support for high school and/or community college students.

Nomination Requirements

  • Faculty nomination is required. Faculty nominations must be submitted to the Office of Access and Inclusion at oai@uci.eduand include:
    • A brief description on why this student should be selected for the Engineering Pathway to the PhD Fellowship and contributes to the diversity of the graduate program through personal experiences or academic interests.
    • A mentoring plan
  • For admitted M.S. in Engineering students, the priority deadline for nominations is March 1st. The final deadline is March 15th.
  • For current M.S. in Engineering students, nominations are accepted and reviewed throughout the year or until funding is exhausted.

For questions, please contact Office of Access and Inclusion at

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