Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Several types of financial assistance are available to graduate students at UCI. These include fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, tuition fellowships for nonresident students, grants-in-aid, student loans, and work-study.

Graduate students in transportation are eligible for Regents', UCI Chancellor's Fellowships, and Chancellor's Opportunity Fellowships that are awarded each year to especially promising students entering the PhD program. In addition to these campus awards, graduate students in transportation who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Fellowships.

Awards may include a stipend, all required student fees, and, if applicable, Nonresident Tuition. Other fellowships are offered, including tuition awards for outstanding applicants who are not residents of California. In many cases, fellowship stipends may be supplemented by partial assistantship appointments.

Entering or continuing graduate students may be awarded research or teaching assistantships for all or part of the academic year. A graduate assistant who is not a California resident also may receive a tuition fellowship.

Through the Graduate and Professional Opportunity Program, a number of fellowships and assistantships are awarded to entering and continuing graduate students from groups including targeted minorities and women in certain fields who traditionally have been underrepresented in higher education in the United States. All fellowship awards and assistantships appointments are made in accordance with the affirmative action policies of the University.

ITS Irvine has had a rich history of providing financial support for UCI graduate students in transportation through its funded research activities.

Applicants interested in assistantships or fellowships should so indicate on their application when applying for admission. Graduate applications should be completed by January 15 to receive full consideration for fellowship and assistantship awards. Continuing students interested in an assistantship or fellowship should contact the Graduate Advisor for their program. The awarding of fellowships for the following academic year begins in the winter quarter.

UCI subscribes to the agreement of the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States, under which successful applicants for awards of financial support are given until April 15 to accept or decline such awards. An award accepted from one of the member universities may be resigned at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after that date commits the student to not accepting another appointment without first obtaining formal release for that purpose from the awarding institution.