UC Davis Today: Fellowships expand academic horizons

English doctoral candidate Sara Petrosillo with falcon

Grad fellowships make the difference

Fellowships are key to supporting graduate students at UC Davis because the funding turns an imagined future into an attainable one. 

Each year, UC Davis offers 125 competitive internal graduate student fellowships totaling $2.5 million. In addition, our students successfully compete annually for hundreds of external fellowships worth  $6 million to $8 million.

A sampling includes:

  • The Soderquist Matching Fund Initiative for Graduate Student Support has just concluded its matching phase, where the university matched gifts from active and retired UC Davis faculty and staff, creating $1.2 million in endowed funds for fellowships.
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation Fellowships, which are external fellowships awarded to top graduate scholars in science, have been awarded to more than 300 graduate students since the fellowships began in 1972.
  • The Provost’s Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a new internal fellowship. In its inaugural year, the fellowship gave $2 million of support for the top first-year and dissertation-year graduate students in arts, humanities and social science M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs.
  • Another notable internal fellowship is the Floyd and Mary Schwall Fellowship, which has offered fellowships to incoming and dissertation-year students engaged in medically related research since 1989.
  • The prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students. The NSF award provides funding for three years and represents $3.6 million in graduate student funds at UC Davis. The university ranks 13th in the nation for the number of these awards. 

To learn more about fellowship opportunities, visit our Graduate Student Support pages.

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English doctoral candidate Sara Petrosillo is researching depictions of falconry in medieval literature and art thanks to a travel grant from the Graduate Student Association that allowed her to present research at the International Congress for Medieval Studies. English department fellowships have also supported her studies in Latin and Old French. Kristen Aldebol/photo

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