Apply for the 2018-19 Newkirk Fellows Award

Application information for

2018-2019 Newkirk Graduate Student Fellowship Award Opportunity

           DEADLINE: May 15, 2018
APPLICATIONS FOR 2018-19 are closed and no longer being accepted.
Check back February/March 2019 for information on 2019-20 awards.

Through a generous gift of Martha and Jim Newkirk, The UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society is now soliciting applications from UCI graduate students from all disciplines for graduate student fellowships. The Fellows and their projects will be an integral part of the Center’s new Engagement Initiative, which will be launched in the fall of 2018. We will be accepting fellowship applications in two categories:

  1. Projects that engage the community with scientific knowledge and research. The most successful proposals will be those in which the community is engaged as a partner in, rather than a recipient of, scientific knowledge production.
  2. Projects that analyze the production of scientific knowledge and/or technological artifacts and systems. The notions of “scientific knowledge” and “technological artifacts and systems” may be construed broadly (including medicine), and the analysis may be undertaken from any disciplinary perspective.

Awards are up to $10,000 and can be used for tuition, fees, and/or research support. Preference will be given to proposals that are in line with addressing scientific research issues that benefit society.

For more information about the Newkirk Center for Science and Society please visit

Mentorship will be provided by the Newkirk Center Director, Advisory Board members, Faculty Affiliates, and Engagement Initiative Directors. Fellows will be required to:
1) participate in learning and evaluation activities for the purpose of monitoring and improving the fellowship program,
2) provide quarterly brief presentations on their activities,
3) present their project results/progress at an event at the year’s end, and
4) submit a short, written report within 30 days of the fellowship’s end date.


Applications are welcome from any UCI graduate student and should:

– be no more than 1500 words;
your cv and any references cited do not need to be counted in the 1500 words, i.e., they are in addition to the 1500 words.

– include your name, department, advisor’s name and year in graduate school;

-include a simple budget indicating how the awards will be used;

– indicate the goals of your research activity and methods that will be used;

– indicate how the research fulfills the mission of the Newkirk Center;

– list any other support you have;

– have your cv attached (this is in addition to the application) and indicate your GPA.

Submit applications to by May 15, 2018. Please include your name and email address. Please also include the name and email address of your department’s graduate student coordinator. 

From the faculty advisor:

-A letter of support by a faculty advisor is also required and should include an explanation of the need for funds.

-Include your department’s most recent assessment of this student’s progress, if available, or provide your own summary of this assessment.

Faculty information is to be sent directly from the advisor to the Newkirk Center via email at and is also due on May 15, 2018.

Click here for list of past awardees and project titles 2010-2013.  See menu under ‘Students’ tab above for information on 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 awardees.

Click here for a PDF of these instructions.