Provost PhD Fellowship Program

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Dear Colleagues:

Our ongoing ascendency among the ranks of globally preeminent research universities requires that we not only expand our doctoral programs, but also compete vigorously and successfully for the most outstanding PhD students.  

In order to assist those PhD programs that attract the most highly sought-after students in the world, I am announcing the establishment of a Provost PhD Fellowship Program.

The program will provide selected students $20,000 of additional support beyond the standard support packages offered by the schools.  Up to 50 fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to admitted PhD students who show outstanding potential for leadership in their disciplines.  

Nominations will be made by departments after candidates have undergone a rigorous review by the faculty of the program to which they were admitted.  Finalists will be recommended by a faculty committee of internationally recognized scholars at UCI.    

For details, including deadlines for nominations, please contact Court Crowther ( in the Graduate Division or visit and select “Provost PhD Fellowship Program”. 

Finally, I wish to formally acknowledge Dean Leslie, whose exemplary leadership and commitment to graduate education has made this initiative possible.

Howard Gillman
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor