UC Global Food Initiative Application Details

fellowship-flyerThe UC Office of the President has created a student fellowship program to fund three undergraduate or graduate students on each campus to work on research projects or internships related to the Initiative. This student fellowship program provides $2,500 awards to three successful fellowship projects.There will also be a system-wide symposium showcasing students’ work. At UC Irvine, the fellowships are coordinated by an organizing committee comprised of representatives from Student Affairs, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Graduate Division, and the Sustainability Initiative.

Funding Proposals: We seek to fund high quality projects that will advance the purpose and goals of the Food Initiative.  Projects could take a range of forms, including but not limited to:

  • traditional research fellowship
  • winter quarter internship (undergraduate applicants only)
  • food sustainability-related leadership or other training, including travel costs
  • group project to educate or engage other students or community partners

Engagement Component: Regardless of the form of the fellowship, successful proposals will include an engagement component.  Engagement activities may include outreach, application, education, or other partnership with members of the campus, local, or other external communities.  For example, a proposal for a fellowship to support an internship will receive stronger consideration if it provides a plan for utilizing the internship experience to engage other people in the issues driving the UC Global Food Initiative.

Eligibility: Proposals are accepted from any UC Irvine student in good standing. Proposals may come from individual students or from a group of students working on a joint project Group projects are eligible for one of the $2,500 grant. Graduate students must declare their intent to pursue this fellowship with their faculty advisor prior to application submission.

The application deadline has passed.


Guidelines: All project proposals must meet the following criteria to be considered for funding.  Proposals must:

  • state clearly the link between proposed project and putting the world on a path to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself
  • state clearly the processes proposed to elevate issues regarding food sustainability through campus and/or community engagement
  • state clearly the measurable outcomes. All projects must include a mechanism for the evaluation of results
  • be submitted and carried out by UC Irvine students
  • be accompanied by a description of how the funding would be used
  • be complete; incomplete applications will not be reviewed
  • include name of at least one UC Irvine faculty or staff member who has agreed to mentor the applicant(s) on the execution of the proposed fellowship project

Additional guidelines:

  • group projects may be carried out jointly with UC Irvine faculty, staff, and campus-based organizations; individuals and groups outside of UCI may not submit proposals
  • there is not retroactive funding
  • if successfully funded, project products (e.g., flyers, posters, papers, etc.) must acknowledge the UC Global Food Initiative and the Initiative must be verbally acknowledged at affiliated events
  • awards limited to one-time award of $2,500 per fellowship (including group applications)
  • proposed projects should extend through the 2014-15 academic year (Fall 2014-Spring 2015), with projected work completed by or before end of Spring quarter 2015
  • awardees must submit a simple final report to the organizing committee by Week 9, Spring quarter 2015
  • applicants will be notified via email regarding whether their proposal is accepted for funding
  • completed applications will only be accepted via the online application
  • if you are a finalist, the selection committee will email your fellowship mentor and, if applicable, your graduate advisor to solicit their perspectives on the fellowship proposal

Instructions for online application:

  • download pdf of the online application 
  • decide if you are applying as an individual student or as a group project
  • be prepared to answer all text boxes with a maximum of 300 words
  • if you are a graduate student, you need approval of your grad adviser and mentor for the project prior to completing the application
  • all questions regarding the application should be addressed to: sustainability-center@uci.edu

Criteria for Evaluation:

  • Project must directly address goals of the UC Global Food Initiative
  • Project must be feasible within the given time frame
  • Proposal must clearly state fellowship purpose, outcome, and process
  • Proposal must clearly state campus or community engagement component
  • Awardees must be willing to present at the UC systemwide symposium in spring/early summer 2015

Selection Committee: The selection committee is comprised of representatives from the organizing committee (Student Affairs, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Graduate Division, and the Sustainability Initiative).  The faculty Executive Committee of the Sustainability Initiative will review and endorse the final selections.

Important Dates:

  • Application period: October 21- November 5, 2014
  • Funding notifications: by November 13, 2014
  • Final Report due: Week 9, Spring quarter 2015
  • System-wide symposium: Late spring/early summer 2015