Graduate Student Fieldwork Fellowship for International Studies

The UCLA International Institute announces a series of Fieldwork Fellowships open to UCLA doctoral students in good standing whose research focuses on one or more aspects of international or regional studies.

The awards are targeted for research abroad and particularly for cases where other support is not available. 

The fieldwork may be conducted either after the advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree (i.e. long-term dissertation research), or before advancement to candidacy as a short-term pilot study. Candidates must, nonetheless, have completed all coursework for the Ph.D. degree. Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply; there are no citizenship restrictions.

Long-term awards of six months to one year each (maximum award: $15,000) and short-term pilot awards of up to three months each (maximum award: $5,000) are available. Award amounts will vary, according to the project and proposed budget, with the precise award amounts to be determined by the Fellowship Selection Committee. The Institute will not provide funding for students who receive awards from other sources for the same project.

Applicants’ dissertation or pilot study topics must have theoretical or comparative significance and may include one or more regional foci, such as Africa, Latin America, or Europe. Students in the social sciences, humanities, and professional schools are eligible to apply.

Application Procedures 

  • Applications must be submitted online no later than March 2, 2015.
  • Letters of recommendation must be received no later than March 16, 2015.
  • Online application form will be available on February 3, 2015.

Apply Online

  • Applications must include:
    • a curriculum vitae (MS Word, PDF, or text)
    • a short abstract of the dissertation (2 - 3 pages; no word count limit)
    • a specific plan for proposed field research (200 words)
    • an itemized budget
    • two references (who will submit online)


  • Awards will be announced by May 5, 2015.


  • Upon completion of the project, the grantee must submit a report not to exceed one page by email regarding the nature and outcome of the project for use on the Institute’s website. Writing style should be geared more for general public interest. A photo of the grantee and/or an image related to the project may also be requested.