UC Presidents Dissertation Year Fellowships/Fletcher Jones Fellowships

Guidelines

Application Deadline: Mid May each year

The Office of the President has allotted UCSD four President's Dissertation Year Fellowships. The program is designed to identify doctoral candidates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged or whose research or planned career direction focuses on problems related to disadvantaged segments of society. Dissertation Year Fellowships are to be awarded to promising students in the final stages of their doctoral work who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research. Because the President's Dissertation Year Fellowship is one of the University-wide fellowship programs for diversity, we hope to obtain a diverse pool of nominees.

Dissertation Fellows receive a stipend of $22,000 and a research/travel allowance of $500. Departments are required to pay the Fellow'’s in-state fees and student health insurance fees from graduate fellowships or other departmental funds.

The Office of the President has allotted UCSD one Fletcher Jones Fellowship for each academic year. The Fletcher Jones Fellowship Program, which is supported by gifts received from the Fletcher Jones Foundation of Los Angeles, offers one of the University's most prestigious and generously funded fellowships. To obtain such a Fellowship, the doctoral student must demonstrate financial need. All disciplines offered by the General Campus are eligible, with the exception of Business Management. The disciplines offered in the Health Sciences are also eligible, with the exception of Medicine.

Fletcher Jones Fellows receive a stipend of $25,000. Departments are required to pay the Fellow's in-state fees and student health insurance fees from graduate fellowships or other departmental funds.

Both fellowships are terminal support awards and only candidates projected to finish during the twelve-month award period (July 1 through June 30) should be nominated. Each department may nominate two students. Convincing evidence that the nominee can complete all degree requirements by June 30 will be an important consideration in selecting Fellows.

Eligible students should see their Graduate Advisor or Graduate Coordinator for more information about this opportunity.

Guidelines for the President's Dissertation Year Fellowship Nomination

Program Objectives

Fellowships will be awarded to students:

  • Who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, or
  • Whose research or planned career direction focuses on problems related to disadvantaged segments of society, and
  • Who demonstrate strong potential, promise and desire for a university teaching and research career.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D.degree and satisfactory progress towards completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all Ph.D. degree requirements during the award year.
  3. Acceptance that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Dissertation Year Fellows.
  4. Eligibility for student support through the award period. 

Awards

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $22,000 and a research and travel allowance of $490, to be used for travel to another school or campus in California. Departments are required to pay the Fellow's in-state fees and student health insurance fees. Awards will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies before the end of Spring Quarter.

Nomination Requirements

All items are required for Fellowship consideration. Each department may submit two nominations.

  1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit)
  2. Two page dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience". The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field.
  3. Academic timeline with projected date of completion.
  4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor addressing how the student meets the program objectives and the eligibility requirements. This may include discussion of relevant non-academic activities, such as community or campus service (three page limit).
  5. Completed nomination form with the signature of the department/program chair.

Guidelines for Fletcher Jones Fellowship Nomination

Program Objectives

Fellowships will be awarded to students who are economically disadvantaged as demonstrated through dependence on student loans or greater than 50% employment as a means to finance their education.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree and satisfactory progress towards completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all Ph.D. degree requirements during the award year.
  3. Acceptance that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Fletcher Jones Fellows.
  4. Eligibility for student support through the award period.
  5. All disciplines offered by the General Campus are eligible, with the exception of Business Management. The disciplines offered in the Health Sciences are also eligible, with the exception of Medicine.

Awards

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000. Departments are required to pay the Fellow's in-state fees and student health insurance fees. Awards will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies before the end of Spring Quarter.

Nomination Requirements

All items are required for Fellowship consideration. Each department may submit two nominations.

  1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit)
  2. Two page dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience". The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field.
  3. Academic timeline with projected date of completion.
  4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor addressing how the student meets the financial need requirement.
  5. Completed nomination form with the signature of the department/program chair.