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Graduate Student Financial Support

There are a number of financial support opportunities for graduate students in the UC Irvine School of Medicine. They are as follows:

Travel support

Doctoral students in the School of Medicine are eligible to apply for travel support to help with the travel costs associated with attending a conference where they will be presenting their research.

UC Irvine School of Medicine Fellowships

The Stanley Behrens Fellows in Medicine Program supports one or more outstanding doctoral students engaged in novel translational research with the potential to advance human well-being or otherwise make a significant impact in the community. Students are nominated for consideration by their home department. View the Behrens Fellows in Medicine 2017 call for nominations ›

The Gazzaniga Family Medical Research Award represents a commitment by retired UC Irvine cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Alan Gazzaniga to fund graduate student research. The merit-based award supports a student with outstanding academic credentials and a promising biomedical study underway. The fellowship call will be circulated in Spring 2017.

The Dr. Lorna Carlin Scholar Award is given to an exceptional doctoral student conducting a study with an emphasis on translational science. Preference is given to research in the areas of ALS, epigenetics, traumatic brain injury/chronic traumatic encephaly, as well as the relationship of brain degeneration to inflammation. View the Carlin Scholar Award 2017 call for nominations ›

To donate to graduate student scholarships, please call 714-509-2105, email or give online at On the drop-down menu, choose "School of Medicine," then select "SOM graduate studies discretionary funds."

UC Irvine fellowships

UC Irvine internal fellowships and diversity fellowships are awards administered by the university's Graduate Division. Most of these awards have specific eligibility requirements. Students do not apply for these fellowships directly, but are nominated for consideration by the home department.

External fellowship opportunities:

Individual fellowship incentives:

  • Individual fellowship application incentive: Students who submit an individual fellowship application can apply for a $250 award from the School of Medicine Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Individual fellowship bonus: Students who apply for and receive an individual fellowship can apply for an Individual Fellowship Bonus of $1,000 a year from the School of Medicine Office of Graduate Studies.