Renovated Walker Hall Opens to Graduate Student Community
The 85 year-old Walker Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus. However, after a full renovation it now serves as the home of the Graduate Center, a new space specifically for the UC Davis graduate student and postdoctoral scholar community. Learn about the building’s long history and the services available to graduate students and postdoctoral students.
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A Triple Champion for Graduate Students
Ph.D. candidate Gwen Chodur is a three-time champion for advocating on behalf of graduate students locally, statewide and nationally. She also has played an integral role in bringing major changes for UC Davis graduate students. Read her story.
Biological Systems Engineering Ph.D. Students Recognized in Graduate Paper Competition
Congratulations to Chang Chen (left) and Ke Wang for their first and third place wins, respectively, in the Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers (AOCABFE) 2021 graduate student paper competition. Read about their winning papers
Four Graduate Students Awarded American Association of University Women Fellowships
The American Association of University Fellowships has awarded four UC Davis graduate students fellowships in support of their mission to empower women and girls. The recipients will lead community projects and programs that promote education and equity for women and girls. View this year’s recipients.
Professors for the Future Prepares Alumnus for Successful Career
Wade Zeno, Ph.D. ’16 always knew he wanted to be a professor. Now an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, Zeno says his experience with UC Davis Professors for the Future helped him secure this faculty position in a competitive job market. Read his story.

Apply for 2021-2022 UC Davis Internal Fellowships!
Deadline: January 15 | Learn more and apply
The application for the 2022-2023 Internal Fellowship Competition for UC Davis continuing academic graduate students is now open. Apply for more than 125 fellowships valued at approximately $3 million dollars. We recommend all eligible continuing academic graduate students apply on an annual basis. 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Deadline: Oct. 18-22 (depending on program) | Learn more and apply
The GRFP provides fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree.

2021 Fall Travel Awards
Deadline: Oct. 22 | Learn more and apply
Graduate Studies provides travel awards for graduate students to travel to meetings of nationally and internationally recognized professional societies twice annually. Each award period allows nine months for future conferences and three months for conferences that have already taken place. The Fall 2021 Applications are for travel during the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. 

Paul and Daisy Fellowships for New Americans
Deadline: Oct. 28 | Learn more and apply
This fellowship is intended for U.S. immigrants and children of immigrants in their first two years of pursuing full-time graduate degrees.

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants and Post-Ph.D. Research Grants
Deadline: Nov. 1 | Learn more and apply
The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas.

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: Nov. 1 | Learn more and apply
The program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.

AAUW International Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 15 | Learn more and apply
Both graduate and postgraduate international fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 19 | Learn more and apply 
Fellowships provide full tuition and fees, a stipend of $38,400, and a $5,000 travel budget. U.S. citizens, nationals, and dual-citizens may apply. Applicants must be in the first or second year of doctoral study.

Apply to the $50K Innovator Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 19 | Learn more and apply
Join the next cohort of Innovator Fellows! This is a $50K 6-month opportunity. Postdocs and Ph.D. students interested in food/agriculture/health innovations are encouraged to apply. This is an immersive experience gaining real-world knowledge from venture capital groups. Funding includes six months' salary, tuition, travel, conference, and research expenses.

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual NRSA Fellowships
Deadline: Dec. 8 | Learn more and apply
NIH NRSA awards support the training of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers through individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships. The fellowship provides a stipend and partial tuition and fee support.

Ford Foundation Fellowships 
Deadline: Dec. 9 and 16 | Learn more and apply 
The foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity and to increase the number of professors who will use diversity as a resource for enriching education. Dissertation and postdoctoral fellowship applications are due December 9; Predoctoral fellowship applications are due December 16.

Graduate Center Meeting Room Reservations Update
The Graduate Center facility use guidelines have been updated to allow individual graduate students to reserve meeting rooms for small group and individual meetings. Registered Graduate Student Organizations will continue to have priority by email request. We greatly value all feedback and plan to continue to adjust our operations based on graduate student and postdoctoral scholar needs. Visit our facility use guidelines page for detailed reservation requirements and information.

Become a First-Year Aggie Connections Facilitator
Support new students in their first year at UC Davis by being a First-Year Aggie Connections (FYAC) Facilitator. FYAC is all about connecting students with new people, making friends, and fostering opportunities that will empower them as they navigate their first year at UC Davis. Apply today!

Nominate an Undergrad to Become a McNair Scholar
The McNair Scholars Program prepares students from low-income, first-generation, and groups often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue Ph.D. degrees. Please share this announcement with undergraduate students who can participate to receive graduate school and GRE preparation, admissions application assistance, paid travel to research conferences and a paid summer research internship. Visit the website to learn more about the eligibility requirements or nominate a student by sending their name and email to

Gathering: First Gen Grad Students and Students of Color
Today, Oct. 18 | 12 - 1 pm | Register here
Gather with Graduate Studies’ Diversity Officer hosts to network and build a community with grad students from across campus.

How’s it Going? A Mid-Quarter Check-In for New TAs
Today, Oct. 18 | 4-5:15 pm | Learn more and register
Submit questions you have about teaching and meet with Teaching Assistant Consultants to problem-solve and address challenges. The TA Consultants will also share tips and strategies to help you manage your teaching time. You’ll leave with resources you can use to become a more effective TA.

Global Energy Managers Workshop
Oct. 19-20 | Zoom | Learn more and register
UC Davis will host the third Global Energy Managers Workshop, where facility managers, students, and faculty from around the world will meet to share and learn about energy-saving, cost management, and carbon reduction strategies. This event is free of charge.

Mentoring Matters: How Grad Students of Color Secure Mentorship
Oct. 21 | 1-2:30 pm | Register Here
Learn about common challenges students of color may encounter when seeking mentorship. Gain a better understanding of the benefits of multiple mentors and create a plan to secure mentorship in your graduate program.

Anti-Racism: Applications to Teaching
Oct. 25 | 1-2:16 pm | Learn more and register
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore how we might take anti-racist actions —preventatively and responsively—in the context of our classrooms. We will also discuss actionable steps towards building an anti-racist teaching approach.

Chancellor's Leadership & Development Speaker Series: Dr. Pablo G. Reguerín
Oct. 26 | 2-3 pm | Register here
The CLDS series creates an avenue for graduate students to interact with and familiarize themselves with the roles and responsibilities of key members of the university’s leadership team. Don't miss your chance to meet Dr. Pablo Reguerin, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs!
Datalab: Structured Quantitative Social Science Data: An Introduction 

Nov. 2 | 11 am-noon | Shields 165 | Learn More
Learn about structured quantitative social science data (e.g., Census data) and how to find it. No registration required.

Datalab: Introduction to the Unix Command Line
Nov. 4 | noon-2 pm | Register here
Learn and practice talking directly to your computer via command line in this interactive, hands-on workshop.

Writing a Dissertation or Thesis: Getting Started – Getting Done!
Nov. 6 | noon-4:45 pm | Learn more and register
University Writing Program faculty will cover a variety of topics and provide practical strategies for writing your dissertation or thesis. You may attend the entire event or individual workshops. This half-day symposium is only offered once a year and features more than nine sessions on writing strategies for STEM, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences disciplines.

Deep Bibliography: Advanced Library Research in the Humanities
Nov. 9 | 11 am - noon | Shields 165 | Register here
Beyond Google, Beyond Databases: Learning the library and the finer points of in-depth research across the humanities.

Graduate Diversity Community Dinner
Nov. 16 | 5:30-7 pm | Register here
The Graduate Diversity Community Dinners are an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs from marginalized populations to meet, greet, laugh, and build community at UC Davis!
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