Georgia Tech UCEM Ph.D. Fellowship

The UCEM (University Center of Exemplary Mentoring) program has the goal of increasing the number of outstanding engineering, science, and computing Ph.D. students from under-served populations. The program seeks to support students from backgrounds that include African American/Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander. The Georgia Tech UCEM Ph.D. Fellowship provides two years of support for students who have recently completed the Ph.D. Qualifying/Preliminary exam. The program is now sponsored by the GT President’s office; it was previously sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements:

    • Georgia Tech Ph.D. student in the College of Engineering, College of Computing, or College of Sciences
    • Passed Ph.D. Qualifying/Prelim exam in Summer 2020 semester or more recently (exam must be passed prior to submittal of this application.)
    • US Citizen

Program Description

    • Stipend supplement of $10k per year for three years which is added to GRA, GTA or other fellowship funding the student is currently receiving. Note: You should check the rules of other fellowships you may be receiving to verify that they allow you to receive additional stipend funding. Total award value is $30k.
    • Participation in academic and career enrichment and mentoring activities conducted by the Georgia Tech University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (GT – UCEM)

Student and Faculty Advisor Application Instructions

Students must submit a completed application online.

This application includes a Statement of Purpose (not exceeding 1,000 words) that describes his/her academic and research background and research plans. The Statement of purpose will be uploaded to the application system as a .PDF file.

Once the student submits the form, the application system will email the student’s Ph.D. Research Advisor to request that a reference letter for the student be uploaded. The applicant will not be able to view the reference letter. The advisor’s letter must cover the following two topics:

    • Assessment of the applicant’s background, skills, personal and professional characteristics as they relate to the Ph.D. program.
    • Description of the graduate funding plan and the expected stability of graduate funding for the student during his/her Ph.D. program. The advisor (e.g. through GRA) and academic unit (e.g. through GTA) should plan to continue full base funding for the student throughout Ph.D. studies. The GT UCEM Fellowship provides a stipend supplement that is to be added to the existing full base graduate funding secured to support the student.

Award notifications are expected to be made early in the Fall 2022 semester. Questions should be directed to:

  • Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, August 8, 2022