UC–HBCU Initiative Fellowship

The University of California Office of the President (UCOP), the UCLA Graduate Division, and the student’s home department/program at UCLA collaborate to offer six-year funding packages for entering PhD students as part of the University of California–Historically Black Colleges and Universities (UC–HBCU) Initiative Fellowship. Fellows must have been participants in an eligible UC–HBCU summer program. They must also be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, international students or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540.

The fellowship provides full tuition and fees (and nonresident supplemental tuition if applicable) plus an annual stipend to match the stipend amount that is provided to students in their respective academic programs. The distribution of the funding is as follows:

Year 1: UCOP (stipend + tuition/fees)
Year 2: Department (stipend or teaching/research assistantship + tuition/fees)
Year 3: UCOP (stipend + tuition/fees)
Year 4: Graduate Division (stipend + tuition/fees)
Year 5: Graduate Division (stipend + tuition/fees)
Year 6: Department (stipend or teaching/research assistantship + tuition/fees)

The funding provided for years 2 and 6 must be departmental funding. Outside sources are not considered part of the commitment.

UCOP also provides a $1,000 stipend for professional development activities. This stipend can be activated at any time during the Fellowship.

Interested individuals should contact their prospective home department/program staff Graduate Student Advisor/Student Affairs Officer.