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San Diego Fellowship Program

TDLC offers two San Diego fellowships annually.The Guidelines page explains:

"Applications by individuals who are from underrepresented groups are encouraged, although all qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. Fellowships will be awarded based on applicants' eligibility (having social, educational or economic backgrounds that would add to the diversity of UCSD's graduate programs, or demonstrating a commitment to increasing educational access for underrepresented students) and merit (based on academic preparation and potential). The following are examples of how a student could enhance campus or departmental diversity.

  • Student has successfully overcome significant educational, social, cultural, or economic disadvantage or adversity in a way that would enable him or her to contribute to the campus community in a manner that enhances campus diversity.
  • Student has unique circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the program or campus.
  • Student has a strong interest in undertaking research that would address issues of diversity as it relates to ethnic communities, social equity and justice, or economic opportunity.
  • Student has shown a deep commitment to working with others, through such activities as mentoring or tutoring, to promote educational access to higher education for underserved groups.

Examples of experiences that indicate the student has had to overcome disadvantage or adversity include:

  • Was educated in a school or college with limited facilities and educational opportunities.
  • Had a low family income or had to work full time in high school or as an undergraduate to support family and/or to pay for college.
  • Was the first member of immediate family to complete college.
  • Overcame other social, cultural or economic barriers to pursue an education. The specific race, ethnicity, gender, or national origin of a nominee is not considered in selection, although barriers resulting from these personal circumstances are considered.

  • For U.S. citizens and permanent residents only
  • Apply at the time of application for admission to the university
  • Only new incoming students are eligible
  • Applications for the fellowships must be received by mid-March

Summary of Eligibility

Nominee must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • For the San Diego Fellowship, be recommended for admission to a program leading to a Ph.D., D.M.A., Ed.D., M.F.A., M.P.I.A., M.A. in Latin American Studies or M.A. in Teaching and Learning;
  • Enhance the diversity in the discipline, program or campus; and
  • Have demonstrated high academic aptitude and achievement.

Funding Information

  • All Ph.D., D.M.A., Ed.D., and M.F.A. Recipients receive four-year awards with stipends of $15,000 and payments of tuition (first year only) and fees. OGS provides support for the first two years and the department provides support for the next two years at a comparable level or higher.
  • All M.P.I.A and M.A. recipients receive one-year awards of $15,000 and payment of tuition and fees (professional fees
    not included).

Contact Information

Students entering UC San Diego who meet the fellowship requirements should contact:

the Graduate Admissions Office: gradadmissions@ucsd.edu
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The review process for the San Diego fellowship is internal and independent from the general Office of Graduate Studies fellowships. For more information on the San Diego fellowship guidelines, please see: http://ogs.ucsd.edu/FinancialSupport/Fellowship/Advising/Pages/SanDiego.aspx.