Fellowships & Scholarships

2018 Humans Rights Fellowship (Posted 1/19/18)

The Center on Global Justice, International Institute and Human Rights Program are pleased to announce the 11th annual student competition for human rights fellowships. Successful applicants for the 2018 UC Human Rights Fellowship will receive $5,000 for summer internships with a human rights organization of their choice.
The human rights fellowships are student-initiated. Applicants must identify the organizations they will work with, the human rights issue to be addressed, and the parameters, objectives, goals, and expected outcomes of their proposed fieldwork. Fundamental changes to accepted proposals (e.g., different human rights topic, new partner organization, alternate location) are not permitted.
Human Rights Fellowship benefits and expectations:
• Receive a $5,000 stipend to support their work.
• Attend an orientation at UC Berkeley to prepare for summer fieldwork (Friday, April 20)
• Submit an informal mid-term report from the field (July/August)
• Attend an informal gathering upon return from the field (Friday, September 14)
• Present at a formal conference held during the fall semester at UC Berkeley (Friday, November 2)
• Submit a final project (publishable op-ed, news piece, or video) at the end (Friday, November 2)
• Complete all assignments and participate in all fellowship events in person.
If you are selected as a UC Human Rights Fellow, you will be considered for a two-week
collaborative residency at Mesa Refuge in August 2018 in Point Reyes, California. Mesa Refuge is a writers’ retreat that is intended to provide a quiet and inspiring space for people writing about ways to create a more just and sustainable world. Please indicate in your application whether you are interested in being considered for this residency and how you would plan to use the time (see below for statement guidelines).
For more information, visit http://www.mesarefuge.org

The 2018 application and FAQs will soon be uploaded to http://globaljustice.ucsd.edu/.

Applications are due no later than 12:00pm Friday, March 2nd.

Summer URS – Starbucks Sustainable Solutions and Learning Opportunities Research Scholarship (Posted 1/17/18)

The Starbucks Sustainable Solutions and Learning Opportunities Scholarship is an undergraduate research scholarship (URS) opportunity provided by Starbucks Corporation in collaboration with University Centers at UC San Diego. One (1) scholarship will be available each year, with the award totaling $5,000. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist UC San Diego students with research or learning projects related to sustainable food production and distribution, resource conservation, or agricultural environmental practices (herein referred to as the project).

All current UC San Diego undergraduates in any major who will be enrolled the following school year are eligible to apply. Students who plan on graduating mid-year may also apply, provided the project and final report are completed before graduation.

Details here.

Spring 2018 Climate Justice League With Sierra Student Coalition (Posted 1/16/18)

College students across the U.S. and Puerto Rico are invited to apply to become an organizing fellow with the Sierra Student Coalition. Fellows deepen their understanding of climate justice, learn the skills of community organizing, and take action for climate justice on their campuses or in their communities. The deadline to apply is Jan. 19.

Apply here. Got any remaining questions? Email us! sierrastudent@sierraclub.org

Sunrise Semester Fellowship (Posted 12/20/17)

Sunrise Semester is a fellowship program for young people (18-35) who care about environmental issues or politics. Fellows will work together to raise awareness of climate change and make it a decisive issue in the 2018 midterm election.

After a one-week bootcamp at the beginning of Summer 2018, you will fan out to one of ten politically significant states where you’ll coordinate the efforts of thousands of our existing members and help bring in new recruits to the youth army.

You’ll work from the following mandate: creatively expose the corrupting role of Big Oil on our elections, challenge candidates to refuse fossil fuel money and back Sunrise’s policy platform, and endorse and campaign for candidates with a conscience and a spine, from the local to the statewide and federal levels.

The fellowship begins on June 1 and ends on Nov. 18, 2018. The deadline to apply is Jan. 5.

Application and details here.

Solar Ambassador Fellowship, RE-volv (Posted 12/05/17) 

The Solar Ambassador Program is a year-long fellowship for undergraduates offered by RE-volv, a clean energy nonprofit organization. We’re now accepting applications for next year and you can access the application here.

RE-volv’s Solar Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity for college students to develop key project management, outreach and communications skills while tangibly taking action on climate change through solar energy. Student teams will receive in-depth training in solar energy policy, financing, crowdfunding and community organizing while working in their community to deploy a solar energy project for a local nonprofit. Applications can be found at re-volv.org/apply-solar-ambassador/. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@re-volv.org.


Scholarship Opportunity!

The University Challenge Scholarship

2017-2018 Student Application
Qualifications: UCSD student with a special interest in a commercial Real Estate | Urban Planning Career in San Diego.
Scholarship Amount: Three (3) scholarships will be awarded — $3,000 | each scholarship
Application due date: DECEMBER 15, 2017 BY 5 PM
If you wish to be considered for the above scholarship, please complete this application. Along with
the application, the following is needed:

  • Resume or short biographical profile including coursework and GPA
  • On a separate sheet of paper briefly describe your career goals (1 page only)
  • You should include:
    • Why A Career Commercial Real Estate?
    • What job will you likely pursue upon graduation?
    • What part of the country do you desire to live upon graduation?
    • Who has made the biggest impact on your education/field of study?

(Note: Full transcript maybe requested at a later time)
Please submit your application packet to:
Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D. | Urban Studies and Planning Program

NAIOP Scholarship Application

Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarships, UC San Diego (posted 9/20/17)

The UC San Diego Strategic Planning process has identified four research themes to focus on as we build the student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university of the future. These themes are:

  • Understanding and Protecting the Planet
  • Enriching Human Life and Society
  • Exploring the Basis of Human Knowledge, Learning and Creativity
  • Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society

To support these research priorities and continue the university’s investment in access and affordability for all students interested in an exceptional educational experience, in 2015 UC San Diego launched a pilot program known as the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP). After three years of the successful pilot, the now-permanent funding opportunity will be known as the Chancellor’s Research Innovation Scholarships (CRES). Like FISP, this program will build the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to address society’s greatest challenges and forge new intellectual enterprises, which increasingly rely on the ability to work across diverse disciplines, either individually or as members of multidisciplinary teams.

Deadline: October 12, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PDT

Find additional information here.

Put A Price On It Fellowship, Our Climate (posted 7/19/17)


Put A Price On It is a national campaign led by Our Climate and the Years of Living Dangerously, which mobilizes young people to advocate for strong and fair carbon pricing policies at the state and national level. By putting a price on carbon, we will hold polluters accountable and transition our economy to a clean energy future. Students will train and organize other students, rallying public support for carbon pricing policy, and engage directly with elected officials. Applications are currently being accepted for our Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 fellowship positions.

Fellows will work closely with Our Climate staff to achieve mutually agreed upon goals. This educational and supportive arrangement is designed to build a stronger and more diverse coalition of leaders needed to pass fair and effective climate policy. Fellows will be trained to conduct public outreach on the local, state, and national level, including but not limited to:

  • Seeking and securing campaign endorsements from businesses, cities, college and university presidents, organizations, and prominent individuals;
    Identifying and securing opportunities to attend and participate in community events
  • Participating in phone banks, door-to-door canvasses, and other list-building activities
  • Writing and submitting media materials, including letters to the editor, op-eds, and press releases
  • Helping to organize informational and community-building events (concerts, house parties, forums, etc.)

Put A Price On It Fellowship will be accepting applications for the Fall Fellowship until August 1. Students can apply here.

For further detail, please follow this link. Questions can be directed to the Program Director at cassidy@ourclimate.us.

Student Fellowship, UC Carbon Neutrality and Global Food Initiatives (posted 5/5/17)

The 2017-2018 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) and Global Food Initiative (GFI) Student Fellowship application process is now open for all current UC San Diego graduate and undergraduate students. Up to 4 CNI and 4 GFI fellowships ($4,000 each dispersed over three quarters) will be awarded for fellowship work that will kick off with an orientation this coming June 26 at UC Santa Barbara but mainly occur next fall, winter and spring quarters. 

Applications are online at http://sustain.ucsd.edu/involve/fellowships.html and due Friday, May 19! 

If students have questions, they can contact the Financial Aid/Scholarship Office at (858) 534-1067 or scholarships@ucsd.edu.