Scholarship & Award Opportunities

The School of Social Sciences offer several competitive scholarships to students committed to academic excellence, thanks to generous donations from alumni and community friends.  

Alumni & Community Friends: For further information on how to make a difference through a gift to the Social Sciences, please contact Rosemarie Swatez in the Social Sciences Development Office.

Students: To be eligible for all of the following scholarships, you must be a declared major within the School of Social Sciences. Additional eligibility and application requirements vary and are described in detail below. Undergraduate student questions should be directed to Teresa Neighbors; graduate student questions to John Sommerhauser.  

MAC USERS: Please fill out forms using Adobe Reader (free download). If not your application will appear blank and will not be considered. 

 

Undergraduate Students:

School Awards & Scholarships

Department Awards & Scholarships

Academic Program Awards & Scholarships

 

Graduate Students:

School Awards & Scholarships

- Graduate Order of Merit Awards

Department Awards & Scholarships for Graduates

Research Center Awards & Scholarships

Academic Program Awards & Scholarships

 


All Social Sciences Undergraduates

Social Sciences Alumni Academic Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes students for outstanding academic performance and service to the School of Social Sciences, UCI campus and community. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.5 for this scholarship. Selection criteria include academic performance, research activity, honors recognitions, and leadership/service to the campus and community. A two-page single-spaced personal statement that addresses these achievements is required, in addition to an unofficial transcript and a resume/CV.

  • Award amount: $1000
  • Deadline: April 15, 2014
  • Application: download application
  • 2013 Recipient: Jesus Manuel Camacho (Chicano/Latino studies and Political Science)

 

Social Sciences Outstanding Honors Thesis Award

This award recognizes a student for their outstanding undergraduate honors thesis. Selection criteria include originality of research and demonstrated knowledge in the field of research. Submission of a draft thesis is permissible. A prize-winning thesis is well-written, well-organized, properly documented and theoretically sound.

  • Award amount: $300
  • Deadline: May 12, 2014
  • Application: download application
  • 2013 Recipient: Bowen Dai (Economics)

 

Charles Lave Paper Prize

Named in honor of Charles Lave, an economics professor who served on the UCI faculty for more than 30 years who valued creative thinking, clear writing, and innovative uses of empirical data. He helped shape social science modeling through his teaching and through his classic book, An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences (written with James March). The prize will be awarded to papers that display clear exposition of creative models (theories) and point to, or include, data that permit evaluation of the models. Any UCI undergraduate or graduate student is eligible for the prize. The paper may be in any social or behavioral science discipline, or interdisciplinary in nature. It may be qualitative (with words only) or quantitative (with mathematical expressions) and may range from a scholarly article (including papers done as class assignments or dissertation chapters) to an op-ed piece. In keeping with Charles Lave's values, clear and concise writing will be appreciated.

  • Award amount: $1500
  • Deadline: Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Application: download application
  • 2013 Recipient: Theodore (Ted) Figinski (Economics)

 

Alice B. Macy Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award

This award recognizes a student for a paper that demonstrates original research. Submissions can be course papers or research papers, including those sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Honors theses will not be accepted for this paper competition. Only work completed since spring 2013 is eligible. Papers cannot be co-authored with other students or faculty.

  • Award amount: $300
  • Deadline: April 15, 2014
  • Application: download application
  • 2013 Recipient: Estefania Lopez (Political Science)

 

David and Kristin Rosten International & Community Service Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are planning a career in international affairs and/or public/community service. The applicants are required to write a 2 page personal essay on how the scholarship would be used to support an international or domestic service experience. Scholarship funds are to be used for the purpose of student research, service and international travel related to education and humanitarian service. Only students graduating in June 2015 or beyond are eligible.

  • Award amount: $1000
  • Deadline: April 15, 2014
  • Application: download application
  • 2013 Recipient: Sasha Sabherwal (International Studies, Political Science and Women's Studies)

 

Boukai Family Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship program was established to encourage current students to build upon the values of family, faith, education and giving back to the community; to advocate the importance of tolerance toward Islam; and serve to strengthen opportunities for future generations in Arab-American communities. To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time Undergraduate student during the 2013-14 academic year; majoring in engineering, pre-med, nursing science, public health and/or medical anthropology; have demonstrated an interest in the Middle East and Muslim community; a minimum 3.0 GPA; be U.S. Citizen. This is a merit-based scholarship but financial need may be considered. Applicants must also provide two faculty members names for reference.

  • Award amount: $2000
  • Deadeline: October 18
  • Application: download application
  • 2013 Recipient: Bellal Labanieh (political science)

 

Elena B. and William R. Schonfeld Scholarship

The Elena B. and William R. Schonfeld Scholarship is awarded annually in the School of Social Sciences to the outstanding undergraduate in the next to graduating class who combines excellence in scholarship with dedication to the university community and the highest level of achievement in other fields.

  • Award amount: varies
  • Application: Nominations are made by department chairs in the early Spring and selection is made by the School's Executive Committee.
  • 2013 Recipient: Sasha Sabherwal (international studies, political science and women's studies)

 

Educational Enhancement Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to support and facilitate the education of undergraduate majors in the School of Social Sciences by funding undergraduate research projects, conference attendance, and other endeavors directly intended to enhance a student's educational experience while at UCI.

  • Award: amount varies
  • Application: download application
  • Deadline: applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the academic year.

 

Caesar D. Sereseres Outstanding Service Award

The Caesar D. Sereseres Outstanding Service Award was established in the School of Social Sciences in 2012 to commend graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding service within key educational, leadership, and outreach programs in the School of Social Sciences and campus community. The award honors the more than two decades of outstanding service given to the school and the campus by Caesar Sereseres, political science associate professor and associate dean.  

  • 2013 Recipient: Anthony Rivero (political science and English)

 


 

All Social Sciences Graduate Students

Dean's Endowed Fellowship for Excellence

The fellowship, established by retired Northrop Grumman Vice-Chairman, President and COO and Social Science alumni, Frank Lynch is awarded each year to a graduate student who exemplifies academic excellence.

  • Award amount: $10,000
  • Application: Each year's candidate is selected from among nominations submitted by faculty
  • 2012-13 Recipient: No Award Given

 

Justine Lambert Paper Prize

The Justine Lambert Graduate Prize in the Foundations of Science, established by a generous  bequest from the sons and friends of Justine Lambert, is awarded every other year to the best submitted graduate paper dealing with the foundations of the formal, natural or social sciences. The winning paper will focus on the foundational issues arising in one or more of the special sciences, using tools, methods and results from scientific practice to cast light on the conceptual, philosophical, and scientific relevance of those issues. The competition is open to all graduate students at the University of California, Irvine regardless of department or school affiliation. Please direct inquiries to lps@uci.edu.

  • Award amount: $2000 (awarded as a stipend/fellowship)
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Application: Submissions of no more than 8,000 words in length should be sent to: Justine Lambert Prize Committee | Dept. of Logic and Philosophy of Science | University of California, Irvine | 3151 Social Science Plaza A | Irvine, CA 92697-5100.
  • 2013 Recipients: Benjamin Feintzeig and Cailin O'Connor (logic & philosophy of science)

 

Charles Lave Paper Prize

Named in honor of Charles Lave, an economics professor who served on the UCI faculty for more than 30 years who valued creative thinking, clear writing, and innovative uses of empirical data. He helped shape social science modeling through his teaching and through his classic book, An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences (written with James March). The prize will be awarded to papers that display clear exposition of creative models (theories) and point to, or include, data that permit evaluation of the models. Any UCI undergraduate or graduate student is eligible for the prize. The paper may be in any social or behavioral science discipline, or interdisciplinary in nature. It may be qualitative (with words only) or quantitative (with mathematical expressions) and may range from a scholarly article (including papers done as class assignments or dissertation chapters) to an op-ed piece. In keeping with Charles Lave's values, clear and concise writing will be appreciated.

  • Award amount: $1500
  • Deadline: Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Application: download application
  • 2013 Recipient: Theodore (Ted) Figinski (Economics)

 

Order of Merit Awards

End-of-year Graduate Order of Merit awards are made annually in each of four categories (Kathy Alberti Prize, Outstanding Scholarship, Outstanding Service, and A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper), through a school-wide competition announced in the latter half of April. The awards recognize outstanding academic achievement and promise, scholarship, research and service. Each award carries a $500 honorarium and recognition during the School's formal Order of Merit ceremony held during commencement weekend in June.


Order of Merit: Kathy Alberti Prize
This award recognizes a graduate student who holds truly outstanding promise as a future professor or teacher. The student selected will epitomize a broad range of talents. Evidence of excellence may include scholarship, teaching, student mentoring, web site development, or any other relevant areas of contribution as defined by the nominator.

    • Award amount: $500
    • Application Process: Nominations for these awards should be submitted in memo form, including sufficient detail to enable evaluation of the nominated student's relevant achievement. Faculty may nominate more than one student; however, each student should be nominated in no more than one award category (Alberti, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Scholarship). Contact: John Sommerhauser, john.sommerhauser@uci.edu.
    • 2013 Recipient: Elizabeth Sowers (Sociology)


Order of Merit: Outstanding Scholarship
This award is for high intellectual achievement, which may include student research, participation in collaborative research, written papers, presentations, or other indications considered significant by the nominator.

    • Award amount: $500
    • Application Process: Nominations for these awards should be submitted in memo form, including sufficient detail to enable evaluation of the nominated student's relevant achievement. Faculty may nominate more than one student; however, each student should be nominated in no more than one award category (Alberti, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Scholarship). Contact: John Sommerhauser, john.sommerhauser@uci.edu.
    • 2013 Recipient: Zoya Gubernskaya (Sociology)


Order of Merit: Outstanding Service
This award is for contributions to the Social Science community, including the intellectual growth of others. Significant activities might include informal or formal help to other students, organizing seminars, service on committees, efforts to improve teaching and curricula, or public activities bringing favorable attention to the school.

    • Award amount: $500
    • Application Process: Nominations for these awards should be submitted in memo form, including sufficient detail to enable evaluation of the nominated student's relevant achievement. Faculty may nominate more than one student; however, each student should be nominated in no more than one award category (Alberti, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Scholarship). Contact: John Sommerhauser, john.sommerhauser@uci.edu.
    • 2013 Recipient: Jennifer Jones (Political Science)


Order of Merit: A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper
This award recognizes an outstanding graduate paper in the School of Social Sciences(open to Social Sciences graduate students only). Papers should represent the student's own original research; they cannot be co-authored with fellow students or faculty. Past prize-winning papers were exceptionally well-written, well-organized, properly documented and theoretically and conceptually sound. The writer must demonstrate knowledge of the current, relevant literature in the field of the research.

    • Award amount: $500
    • Application Process: Papers should be submitted hard copy to John Sommerhauser in the Social Sciences Graduate Office, SBSG 5414. For questions, please contact John Sommerhauser, jdsommer@uci.edu or 949-824-4074.
    • 2013 Recipients: Mark Berlin (Political Science) "Why (not) Arrest? Third-Party State (Non)compliance with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda" and Benjamin Feintzeig (Logic and Philosophy of Science) "Hidden Variables and Commutativity in Quantum Mechanics"

Order of Merit: Outstanding Master of Arts Student (DASA)
Established in 2010, this award honors the outstanding MA student enrolled in the school's demographic and social analysis (DASA) program.

    • Award amount:
    • Application Process: Nominations for these awards should be submitted in memo form, including sufficient detail to enable evaluation of the nominated student's relevant achievement. Faculty may nominate more than one student. Contact: John Sommerhauser, john.sommerhauser@uci.edu.
    • No award givien for 2012-2013.

 


Social Sciences Undergraduate Transfer Students

Outstanding Community College Transfer Student Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes outstanding transfer students. Eligibility for the Outstanding Transfer Student Scholarship is limited to community college transfer students. The student must have completed a minimum of two quarters at UCI as a Social Science major. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 for this scholarship. The scholarship supports research, travel and related educational expenses during summer 2013. Applicants are to submit a personal statement that will describe how the scholarship funds will be used in pursuit of their educational goals.

  • Award amount: $300
  • Deadline: April 15, 2014
  • Application
  • 2013 Recipient: Shruti (Kriti) Sharma (International Studies)

 


Social Sciences Undergraduate Athletes

Steven Borowski Scholarship

Established in 2006 in the School of Social Sciences through a generous gift from Steven Borowski, a '79 economics graduate and co-founder of Metropolitan West Capital Management, LLC, the scholarship in his name will be awarded through 2011 to an exemplary School of Social Sciences student athlete. This award is administered by Athletics. 

  • Award amount: varies
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Application: Award winner is selected from among pool of Social Sciences student athletes based on academic merit and extracurricular involvement. Coaches may also nominate outstanding Social Sciences student athletes. Athletes interested in being considered should contact their coaches.

Gary J. Singer Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student athlete who has outstanding academic achievements as well as contributions to their sport.  This award is administered by Athletics.

  • Award amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Application: Award winner is selected from among pool of Social Sciences student athletes based on academic merit and extracurricular involvement. Coaches may also nominate outstanding Social Sciences student athletes. Athletes interested in being considered should contact their coaches.

Anthropology Undergraduates

Ruth Fulton Benedict Paper Prize

The Ruth Fulton Benedict Prize will recognize outstanding writing in anthropology. All undergraduates are eligible. Students may submit only one paper for consideration for this prize. The prize will recognize the author of an outstanding paper written for an anthropology class taken at UC Irvine. Papers from any anthropology class at UC Irvine may be submitted. Papers should be between 10 and 30 pages in length. Honor's theses may not be submitted. The paper need not report on original research, but must demonstrate analytical acuity, creativity, and dexterity with the conventions of anthropological writing. The winning paper will be posted and archived on the Departmental website, and the recipient of the prize will receive an award at the Department's Spring awards ceremony. Further information may be found online at http://www.anthropology.uci.edu/an_undergrad_honors.

  • Award amount: varies
  • Deadline: May 2, 2014
  • Application: Faculty may nominate student papers (only one paper per student); submit copy of the paper with nomination to Norma Miranda 3201 SBSG.
  • 2013 Recipients: William Larsen and Mallory Bruno; Honorable Mention: Michelle Clement

 

Malinowski Prize for Undergraduate Research

The Malinowski Prize recognizes outstanding original research. Anthropology majors who conduct original research as part of regular coursework, an honor's thesis, UROP, SURP, EAP, or other such programs are eligible. Original research is defined as involving independent data collection based on any combination of the following methods: fieldwork, participant observation, interviews, surveys, documentary research, collection of images or texts from popular culture, and/or formal data collection and analysis. Papers written in collaboration with faculty members may not be submitted. Students may submit only one paper for consideration for this prize. Papers should be between 20 and 40 pages in length. Honor's theses may be submitted, but if they exceed the page limit must be shortened to adhere to the length requirement. The winning research paper will be posted and archived on the Departmental website, and the recipient of the prize will receive an award at the Department's Spring awards ceremony. Further information may be found online at http://www.anthropology.uci.edu/an_undergrad_honors.

  • Award amount: varies
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Application: Students - Please submit your paper to Keith Drover, Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway (SBSG) 3201 (Anthropology Department Suite). Faculty may nominate student papers; please submit a copy of the paper with your nomination to Norma Miranda.

 

Reza Zarif and Rufina Paniego School of Social Sciences Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Anthropology

Funded by a generous gift to the University from donors Reza Zariff and Rufina Paniego, this award will recognize an outstanding junior (or third year) anthropology major of great academic promise. The award comes with a cash prize of $1,000 and a certificate. The winner of the award will be expected to attend a luncheon with the donors in November and to provide updates on your progress.

  • Award amount: $1000
  • Not Awarded in 2013

Anthropology Graduates

Dr. Dard Magnus Rossell Memorial Award for Merit for Graduate Research in Anthropology

Supported by an anonymous donor, this award recognizes UCI Anthropology graduate students who are either non-traditional students and/or parents. Awards will be granted annually and will be announced in the spring quarter

  • Award amount: $500
  • 2013-14 Recipients: Joshua Clark, Colin Mclaughlin-Alcock and Lydia Zacher

 


Chicano/Latino Studies Undergraduates

Jeff Garcilazo Paper Prize

The Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship/Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for students to examine the historical and contemporary experiences Chicano/Latino communities. The prize, made possible through support from the family of Professor Garcilazo and other donors to the Jeff Garcilazo Scholarship Fund,  is awarded annually to undergraduate student author(s) of the best research paper(s) in Chicano/Latino studies. Students must be eligible for UCI cash awards and be enrolled at UCI in the Spring 2012 quarter in order to receive the cash prizes.

  • Award amount: $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $100 (third place)
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Application: Students are encouraged to self-nominate their work by sending an electronic copy of the paper they wish to have evaluated with an email indicating the class for which the paper was originally submitted to Louis DeSipio, Chair of the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies (ldesipio@uci.edu). The submitted version of the paper does not have to be the version submitted to the class and can reflect additional work by the student after the end of the class.  Each student may only nominate one paper.
  • 2013 Recipient: Jesus Camacho

 

Vicki Ruiz Award

This award has been named and established in honor of the trailblazing Chicana historian, Vicki L. Ruiz. Ruiz is a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies, and joined the UCI faculty in 2001. She has served as chair of the history department, director of K-12 outreach programs Humanities Out There and the UCI History Project, and most recently, as dean of the School of Humanities at UCI. Chicano-Latino Studies faculty are invited to nominate graduating undergraduate students who have achieved scholarly excellence and service in the face of much hardship for this award. The vision and dedication driving this student’s accomplishments and resilience are meant to honor and continue the extraordinary legacy and strides of Vicki L. Ruiz.
 

  • Award amount: $300
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Application: Faculty nominate students
  • 2013 Recipient: Megan Bonilla

 


Chicano/Latino Studies Graduate Students

Gilbert G. Gonzalez Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Gilbert G. Gonzalez Graduate Student Paper Prize is awarded periodically to the best paper written by graduate students who have chosen the Graduate Emphasis in Chicano Latino Studies and taken the CLS 200 graduate seminar.
 

  • Award amount: $400 (2)
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Application: Faculty nominate students
  • 2013 Recipients: (1st Place) Edelina Burciaga, "'Undocumented and Unafraid: Undocumented Activism in the Obama Years" (1st Place) Alfredo Carlos, "Mexico Under Siege: Drug Cartels or U.S. Imperialism", (2nd Place) Patrice Amon, "Law: And Now We're Back Where We Started, Here We Go Round Again", (2nd Place) Marina Luz Corrales, "Shifting Trajectories: Participation in Great Society Initiatives", and (2nd Place) Mark Ocegueda, "San Bernardino's Mexican American Defense Committee and It's Role in Regional and National Desegregation"

 


Cognitive Sciences Graduates

Jean-Claude Falmagne Research Award

The Jean-Claude Falmagne Research Award is a $3,000 research fellowship awarded to a cognitive sciences graduate student who has advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. The award is to support the student's summer research activity. Students apply for this award by submitting a brief (one page) description of their proposed summer research, their transcripts, and CV. Applications are usually accepted mid-May and award winners announced are announced at the end of May.

  • Award amount: $3000.00
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2014
  • Application Process: Submit a brief (one page) description of proposed summer research, transcripts, and CV hard copy to the Department of Cognitive Sciences main office.
  • 2013 Recipient: Derrik Asher

 

John I. Yellott Scholar Award

The John I. Yellott Scholar Award is a $3,000 research fellowship awarded to a cognitive sciences graduate student who has not yet advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. The award is to support the student's summer research activity. Students apply for this award by submitting a brief (one page) description of their proposed summer research, their transcripts, and CV. Applications are usually accepted mid-May and award winners announced are announced at the end of May.

  • Award amount: $3000
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2014
  • Application Process: Submit a brief (one page) description of proposed summer research, transcripts, and CV hard copy to the Department of Cognitive Sciences main office.
  • 2013 Recipients: Michael Nunez

 

 


Economics Undergrads

Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc. Excellence in Economics Writing Award (undergraduate) and Internship(undergraduate and/or graduate)

The Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc. Excellence in Economics Writing Award will be awarded to economics department undergraduates. The emphasis of the prize is excellence in writing skills.

The Summer Internship Award will be selected by the Institute for Mathematical and Behavioral Sciences (IMBS).  Undergraduates and graduate students are eligible for this $3000 internship award.  Interested parties should contact IMBS. 

  • Award amount: First place award: $1500; second place award: $1000; third place award: $500
  • 2012 Recipients: Alina Shiotsu (1st place), Yvonne Hui (2nd place), Thomas Wheeler (3rd place)

 

George R. and Cathleen Hill Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Economics

This is a scholarship is available to a full-time junior or senior majoring in economics. Applicants must have a G.P.A. of at least 3.5; submission of unofficial transcript printed by the registrar’s office along with this application is required. Applicants must complete application, attach a one-page personal statement discussing his/her educational accomplishments and future goals, and how this scholarship will assist in reaching those goals. Award recipients, once chosen, will be required to prepare and deliver a thank-you note to the scholarship donor and must attend a luncheon with the donor in order to receive payment of award.

  • Award amount: $1000
  • Not offered in 2013
  • 2012 Recipient: John Naviaux

 


Economics Graduates

Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc. Excellence in Economics Writing Award (undergraduate) and Internship (undergraduate and/or graduate)

The Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc. Excellence in Economics Writing Award will be awarded to economics department undergraduates. The emphasis of the prize is excellence in writing skills.

The Summer Internship Award will be selected by the Institute for Mathematical and Behavioral Sciences (IMBS).  Undergraduates and graduate students are eligible for this $3000 internship award.  Interested parties should contact IMBS. 

  • Award amount: First place award: $1500; second place award: $1000; third place award: $500
  • 2012 Recipients: Alina Shiotsu (1st place), Yvonne Hui (2nd place), Thomas Wheeler (3rd place)

  

Sheen T. Kassouf Endowed Fellowship

The Sheen T. Kassouf Endowed Fellowship was established in 2006 in the department of economics with a generous gift from Ned and Joyce Kassouf of The Kassouf Foundation. Honoring the legacy of Professor Sheen Kassouf, a pioneer of modern finance and a highly respected economics scholar and academician, the fellowship will be awarded each year to an economics graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in coursework and research.

  • Award amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2012
  • Application: Contact Gloria Simpson, simpsong@uci.edu, for more application procedures
  • 2011 recipient: Cathy Zhang

 


Political Science Undergraduates

Harry Eckstein Award for Outstanding Honors Thesis

This annual award recognizes the top political science honors thesis. Honors thesis faculty advisors nominate student theses in late May, winners are announced the last Friday of the quarter.

  • Award amount: no monetary award
  • Deadline (faculty): TBA Spring 2012
  • Application: Selected from among honors program papers submitted by honor thesis faculty advisors.
  • 2012 Recipient:

 

Jack and Suzanne Peltason Scholarship

Awarded throughout the year (usually for research) to political science majors, these merit-based scholarships help undergraduate students enhance their educational careers at UCI. Download and fill out a hard copy application form. Submit it in person to Gianna Linnert, Political Science Department Analyst, SSPB 5229, Phone: (949) 824-5361 or Email: glinnert@uci.edu.

  • Award amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Throughout the year
  • Application: Download Application
  • 2013 Recipient: Stephanie Chukwa

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Pi Omicron Chapter Founders' Award for Outstanding Senior

This award is given annually to the Pi Omicron member who has best merged the goals of academic excellence and a commitment to public service during their undergraduate career. The recipient must be a graduating senior.

  • Award amount: no monetary award
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2012
  • Application (members only): Applications are sent out to members only in Spring quarter
  • 2012 Recipient:

 


Political Science Graduate Students

James N. Danziger Award for Teaching Excellence

Established in 2009, this award recognizes a political science graduate student advanced to candidacy for teaching excellence.

  • Award amount: $100 book certificate
  • Application Process: Faculty nominate students
  • 2012 Recipient:

 

David Easton Award

This award is given annually for the best qualifying paper written during the preceding year by a political science graduate student.

  • Award amount: amount varies based on endowed funds
  • Application Process: Faculty nominate graduate student papers
  • 2012 Recipient:

 

Harry Eckstein Scholar Award

This award is given annually to the top political science graduate student advanced to Ph.D. candidacy the preceding year.

  • Award amount: amount varies based on endowed funds
  • Application Process: Faculty nominate students
  • 2012 Recipient: Peter Miller

 


Sociology Undergraduates

Carole Creek Bailey School of Social Sciences Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Sociology

This is award recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and promise as community leaders. Must be a returning full-time student for the upcoming academic year; 3.5 GPA; declared major in sociology; completed application package including a personal statement and current unofficial transcript. Recipients must write a thank you note and meet with donor at a stewardship luncheon.

  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Not offered in 2013
  • 2012 Recipient: Sheila Xiao

 

Robin M. Williams, Jr. Student Paper Competition

One or more awards will be made to the best empirical research paper on a topic of sociological interest by a UCI undergraduate sociology major. This award honors the late Professor Robin M. Williams Jr., who served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at UCI for more than 15 years. Papers should be no more than 35 pages and should represent original student work.  Although papers co-authored with other students may be submitted for consideration.  Final selection will be made by a department committee.   Winners of this award will be announced at the Sociology Annual Awards Ceremony. Submissions should be made electronically, to bfitzjar@uci.edu.  For additional information, please contact Brenda Fitzjarrald at (949) 824-7637, or bfitzjar@uci.edu.

  • Award amount: $200
  • Deadline: 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2012
  • 2012 Recipient:

 


Sociology Graduate Students

Robin M. Williams, Jr. Student Paper Competition

One or more awards will be made to the best empirical research paper on a topic of sociological interest by a graduate student in the sociology program at UCI. This award honors the late professor Robin M. Williams Jr., who served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at UCI for more than 15 years. Papers should be no more than 35 pages and should represent original student work. Although papers co-authored with other students may be submitted for consideration, papers co-authored with faculty will not be eligible. Final selection will be made by a department committee.   Winners of this award will be announced at the Sociology Annual Awards Ceremony. Submissions should be made electronically to bfitzjar@uci.edu. For additional information, please contact Brenda Fitzjarrald, (949) 824-7637 or bfitzjar@uci.edu.

  • Award amount: $400
  • Graduate Deadline: 12:00 p.m. (noon) Monday, May 24, 2013
  • Undergraduate Deadline: 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2013

 

Sociology Department Service Award

This award recognizes a student who has provided extraordinary service to the department, the School of Social Science, and/or the larger university community. 

  • Deadline: 12:00 p.m. (noon) Monday, May 24, 2013
  • Application Process: Students may self nominate or nominate another student; faculty may also nominate students. Nominations should include a letter of support, a list of references, and any appropriate supporting material. Information may be emailed or sent hard-copy to Brenda Fitzjarrald, bfitzjar@uci.edu.

 

Sociology Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

This award recognizes efforts and accomplishments in the classroom of a graduate student working as a teaching assistant.

  • Deadline: 12:00 p.m. (noon) Monday, May 24, 2013
  • Application Process: Students may self nominate or nominate another student; faculty may also nominate students. Nominations should include a letter of support, a list of references, and any appropriate supporting material. Information may be emailed or sent hard-copy to Brenda Fitzjarrald, bfitzjar@uci.edu.

 

Sociology Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award

This award recognizes the accomplishments of a graduate student who performs outstanding work as a Graduate Research Assistant for a faculty member.

  • Deadline: Deadline: 12:00 p.m. (noon) Monday, May 24, 2013
  • Application Process: Students may self nominate or nominate another student; faculty may also nominate students. Nominations should include a letter of support, a list of references, and any appropriate supporting material. Information may be emailed or sent hard-copy to Brenda Fitzjarrald, bfitzjar@uci.edu.

 

 


Center for Asian Studies

Small Summer Research Awards

The Center for Asian Studies offers its graduate students an opportunity apply for small summer research awards. 

  • Award amount: up to $1200
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2014
  • Application: Students should submit a one page statement that describes proposed research and attach to the application form.  Applications may be emailed or mailed to Sandy Cushman at the Center for Asian Studies, 5237 Social Science Plaza B, Irvine; fax (949)824-4332; phone (949)824-3344; email scushman@uci.edu.
  • 2013 Recipients: Colin Cahill, Andrew Duncan, Henry Hail, Kiberly Icreverzi, Alexander Jabbari, Tom Le, Julian Lee, Jean Kam Tsui, Sana Zaidi, Leah Zani, and Ather Zia

 


Center for the Study of Democracy Graduate Students

William F. Podlich Fellowship

The William F. Podlich Fellowship on Democracy, established in 1999, offers support to incoming graduate students who participate in the Center's graduate training program on democracy. The fellowship is a gift from William F. Podlich, a nationally respected finance expert and one of the co-founders of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) in Newport Beach. The Podlich Fellowship translates his interest and involvement in American politics into direct support for students who will study the foundations of democracy in their research and graduate studeies. Podlich has provided support and guidance for the development of UC Irvine's Center for the Study of Democracy. Podlich also is a recipient of the UCI Medal and a member of the UCI Foundation.

  • Award amount:
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2014
  • Application: TBA Spring 2014
  • 2013 Recipients: Megan Brooker, BA, Haverford College, MPA, Washington State University and Jason Mueller, BA, Stony Brook University

 


Center for Citizen Peacebuilding

Kugelman Citizen Peacebuilding Research Fellowships

The Center for Citizen Peacebuilding engages in research, education and action supporting citizen participation in public peace processes locally and globally. Since 1999 center activities have aimed to prevent violent conflict and to promote reconciliation and sustainable peace in areas where violence occurs. Grants in the amount of $2000-3000 are being offered as seed money for project and grant development or for completing projects that are in the writing stage in preparation for publication. Proposals (no more than 3 pages) from both faculty and graduate students are welcome, but it is anticipated that most of the grant money will be allocated to graduate students. Faculty proposals that focus on some aspect of conflict resolution in the Middle East will be given preference. Focus on the Middle East is not necessary for graduate student proposals, but it is encouraged. The funding can be used in the summer and fall, for summer salary, course release, or research assistants. Travel with a specific justification for proposal-related research will be considered. The project must be relevant to the center’s mission, and result in an academic publication (i.e., peer-reviewed journal article or book, conference proceedings, or a working paper). Grantees will be required to submit a written report to the center at the end of the grant period, a copy of the manuscript, and present results at a research seminar.

  • Award amount: $2000-$3000
  • Recipients:

 


Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies Graduates

CGPACS Graduate Student Small Grant Opportunity

The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies offers small grants for graduate students to further research projects, workshops, or focused working groups relevant to the Center's mission and interests. Proposals that concern the military/ strategic, economic/ environmental, or cultural/ normative motives, processes, and consequences of either peace or conflict are welcomed with the main criterion being that the proposed paper, project, or group address a problem that has transnational, international, or global implications.

  • Award amount: up to $1500 per award
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2012
  • Application Process: Proposals should include a narrative that describes the research question or group focus and its broader intellectual or policy significance for global peace and conflict and outlines the research strategy or design to be pursued. A budget proposal should describe the activities to be supported by Center funding. (If the funds are to go to conference travel, please indicate the funds already received or anticipated by your department and school, and describe the necessity of additional CGPACS funding.) The full proposal, including references and budget, should total no more than three pages, with a separate cover sheet including the title of the project/paper and the name and contact information. YOU MUST ALSO ASK A FACULTY MEMBER TO WRITE A SHORT LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR YOUR PAPER, PROJECT, OR GROUP. Please submit your proposal to Sandy Cushman via e-mail. In addition, if you have received CGPACS funding within the past two (2) years, you must submit an additional one-to-two page statement detailing how the funds were spent and why you are requesting additional funding at this time. Grantees will be asked to submit timely progress and fiscal reports and to present their work at an organized forum during the year.
  • 2012 Recipients:

 


Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality

Ethics Fellow Contest

UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, is offering a contest to become a UCI Ethics Fellow. Interested students should design a practical guide for the ethical UCI undergraduate, giving special attention to how students can develop tolerance of the diverse lifestyles and values they will find at the university.Proposals may be submitted by individual UCI students or by groups of students working as a unit. Proposals should be 5-10 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font. (Email attachments or hard copy proposals are acceptable. Send to Sandra Cushman, 3151 Social Science Plaza B, Zot Code 5100 or scushman@uci.edu.)

  • Award amount: $500 and the opportunity to work as a summer intern through the Ethics Center
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2012
  • Application Process: Proposals may be submitted by individual UCI students or by groups of students working as a unit. Proposals should be 5-10 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font. (Email attachments or hard copy proposals are acceptable. Send to Sandra Cushman, 3151 Social Science Plaza B, Zot Code 5100 or scushman@uci.edu.)
  • Not awarded in 2011

 


UC Cuba

Research grants

The UC-CUBA Multi-Campus Research Program awards up to eight $1,000 dollar grants each year to University of California Ph.D. students conducting Cuba-related research, including travel. Applications will be considered for both initial research explorations and for developing/completing advanced projects. Interested applicants should submit a brief (2 page maximum) statement that outlines the project and explains how it fits into their course of study, accompanied by a budget, a short CV, and a letter of evaluating the project from the applicant's advisor. Individuals who received awards in the prior year are not eligible for the next cycle of awards. 

  • Award amount: 8 awards of $1000
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2012
  • Application Process: Please send any questions and your applications to: Professor Raul Fernandez, Chair, UC-CUBA MRP, School of Social Sciences, 3151 Social Science Plaza, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-5100. rafernan@uci.edu. More info at http://www.socsci.uci.edu/uc-cuba/mgrants.html
  • 2012 Recipients:

 

 


Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Graduates

IMBS Summer Research Support

IMBS graduate students as well as those students working with IMBS faculty and whose research involves mathematical topics in the behavioral sciences may apply for limited summer research support. To apply, the student must submit a brief (one-page) statement of the work proposed, and a letter of endorsement from his/her faculty advisor. The following fall, those who receive support will have an opportunity to present their research at a "mini-conference". Applications may be delivered in person to the IMBS office, SSPA 2123, or put in Janet Phelps' mailbox.

  • Award amount: Amount and number of awards vary depending on funding
  • Deadline: TBA Spring 2012
  • Application Process: Students must submit a brief (one-page) statement of the work proposed, and a letter of endorsement from his/her faculty advisor. Applications may be delivered in person to the IMBS office, SSPA 2123, or put in Janet Phelps' mailbox.

 


Global Connect

Global Connect Scholarship

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Global Connect are eligible for these scholarships based on leadership skills and GPA.

  • Award amount: varies
  • Application
  • 2013 Recipients:
    • Min Chang (International Studies)
    • Lisa Chu (Sociology)
    • Allyson Fierro (International Studies)
    • Diana Garcia (Chicano/Latino Studies)
    • Benson Lao (Business Economics)
    • David Liu (Public Health and Anthropology)
    • Christy Ann Markos (Political Science)
    • Jazmin Martinez (Anthropology)
    • William Oh (Public Health Sciences)
    • Eliana Oropeza (Public Health Science)
    • Marina Ramirez (Social Ecology)
    • Jenelle Sagrero (Psy and Behavioral Sciences)
    • Nadine Sidhom (International Studies)
    • Grant Speckert (International Studies)
    • Bonnie To (Business Economics)
       

 


Law Forum

Outstanding Legal Scholar Award

The Law Forum's Oustanding Legal Scholar Award is given annually to the Law Forum member who has best merged service to the Forum with academic excellence.

  • Award amount: varies
  • Application: All undergraduate members of the Law Forum receive faculty consideration for this award; applications are not accepted.
  • 2012 Recipient:

 


MESSI

Research Paper Contest

This opportunity provides an environment and platform to showcase critical analysis and current research being conducted on the Middle East. M.E.S.S.I will be collecting policy papers written by undergraduate students for review by a panel of faculty regional experts. Policy papers already being written at UCI or previously written can count as long as they meet the requirements of the guidelines attached. Policy papers must be submitted by email with "Policy paper title" and Full Name in the subject box. Email to ucimessi@gmail.com.

  • Award amount: $300, $200, $100
  • Deadline: May 21, 2012
  • Application: email
  • 2012 Recipient: 

 

Boukai Family Foundation Middle East Studies Initiative Research Award

This scholarship recognizes multiple Middle East Studies Student Initiative (MESSI) students for academic excellence. Applicants must be full-time, MESSI students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  For full selection criteria, download the application below.

  • Award amount: Up to $2,500 (Multiple Awards)
  • 2012 Recipients: