Provost Graduate Fellowship

The UC Graduate College is proud to offer the Provost Graduate Fellowship (PGF): grants for promising new PhD students whose presence diversifies our institution and the academy. Generously funded by Provost Valerio Ferme and the Office of the Provost, these awards signify the commitment of UC's leadership to making graduate education mirror the demographics of American society. Increasing the share of underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities as recipients of doctoral degrees diversifies the Graduate College and our pipeline of future academic talent.

The Graduate College will offer up to three PGF awards per year to incoming PhD students, with each winner receiving three years of a full-tuition scholarship in addition to a yearly living stipend of $25,000. Annual renewal will depend on the student's continued good academic standing and satisfactory progress toward degree completion. The fellowships will require no work commitments.

This award requires program nomination; students cannot directly apply. It is strongly recommended, though, that students identify their eligibilty to their future program. (Please visit the program finder website for program contact information.) Application portfolios should be completed as early as possible in order for the applicant's program to evaluate their eligibility.

Please contact the Provost Graduate Fellowship email ( with questions

Fellowship Benefits and Responsibilities

The Provost Graduate Fellowship (PGF) provides three years of funding, which includes a tuition scholarship for 3 years and an annual stipend of $25,000 for 3 years. Provost Fellows are also offered the GSHI award for graduate assistants and fellows, which covers 100% of the single-student UC Student Health Insurance costs.

As part of nominating a student for the PGF, the graduate program devises a mentoring and academic support plan for the applicant. All Provost Fellows enter their graduate program with a designated "Provost Fellowship mentor" and a clear plan to support the fellow from matriculation to graduation.

First year fellows are required to attend monthly professional development meetings with their fellow Provost and Yates Fellows (class schedule permitting). The first required meeting will be a half-day fellowship orientation, on the Saturday prior to the start of fall classes. The PGF & Yates program also hosts social events to allow fellows to get to know and network with each other in a more casual setting. (These social events are optional to attend.)

Fellows are also required to complete and submit an Individual Development Plan annually, for every year they receive PGF funding. New and revised/updated IDPs will typically be due to the Graduate College in spring semester, in early April. Once the fellow has received all three years of PFG funding, they are encouraged, but no longer required, to submit an annual IDP to the Graduate College.

Please direct questions to the Provost Graduate Fellowship email (

Upcoming Award Cycle

Information about the 2024-25 award cycle will be published in December.