Friends of the International Center Scholarships – Due: March 15


On behalf of Interim Dean Cassedy, I am happy to announce that the Friends of the International Center (Friends) will again be awarding scholarships to UCSD graduate students and medical students for 2017-18. Founded in 1961, the Friends support international education at UCSD in numerous ways, one of which is raising money for and awarding student scholarships. From its modest inception in 1975, the Friends Scholarship Program has grown to such an extent that last year alone $100,000 was awarded in scholarships; 25 scholarships @ $2,000 went to UCSD graduate students, 4 @ $2,000 to medical students, and 28 @ $1,500 to UCSD undergraduate students for study abroad.

Friends scholarships will be given to graduate students planning to conduct research or study abroad and to foreign graduate students in residence at UCSD during 2017-18. The selection of students for the scholarships will be made by the Friends Scholarship Committee. Each graduate academic program may nominate a maximum of three (3) outstanding graduate students for the Friends awards. Up to 25 scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded. Additionally, the School of Medicine may nominate six (6) medical students. Up to 4 scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded.

Eligibility is restricted to students who:

  1. Have a distinguished academic record
  2. Will promote international friendship, understanding, and cooperation and contribute in a meaningful way to programs at the International Center
  3. Have completed one year of full-time graduate study for the Ph.D., D.M.A., M.F.A., M.P.I.A., or M.D. at UCSD
  4. Will be registered for a full-time program of study and research in 2017-18 or, in the case of foreign student nominees, will be on campus at UCSD in 2017-18.

To make nominations, each program should submit the following information for each student:

  1. Letter from the department chair or graduate advisor containing:
  2. An evaluation of the nominee’s graduate performance to date and potential for future contributions to research or artistic activity in the student’s discipline.
  3. Other support the student is receiving and the student’s financial need, if any.
  4. Contribution the student has made, if any, to promoting international friendship, understanding, and cooperation at UCSD.
  5. Program ranking, if more than one student is nominated.
  6. Statement from the nominee that describes his or her qualifications for the award, graduate study and career plans, financial need, and past and proposed future contributions to promoting international friendship and understanding at UCSD. (A willingness to volunteer and/or participate in Friends programs is encouraged though not a requirement.) The student statement should be no more than two (2) pages.
  7. Student’s vitae with current email and mailing address.
  8. Student’s current transcript. (Unofficial is acceptable.)

Please submit nominations to Michelle Monroy at no later than Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Friends will select the scholars shortly thereafter. Also, please note that students should work directly with their program and may not self-nominate.

U.S. graduate students participating in a University of California EAP program should apply through the Study Abroad office ( ).

Regards –

Michelle Monroy

Graduate Fellowship Advisor

Graduate Division, UC San Diego

Phone:  (858) 822-2938

Fax: (858) 534-4304


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