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We are pleased to announce the San Diego Chapter of the ARCS Foundation will fund a total of 26 scholars at $10,000 per scholar for the 2022-23 academic year and we anticipate selecting at least 7 new scholars

Award Details

  • ARCS funding is to be provided in addition to any funding already provided by the nominee's academic home program/department and/or advisor.
  • The ARCS Scholar fellowship provides a $10,000.00 stipend. 
  • This award does not include tuition/fee payments. 


The nominee must be a U.S. citizen with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. They may be a naturalized citizen, but supporting documents must be on file.

Nominees must be registered full-time for the entire academic year and should be starting their second, third, or fourth year of study. Please see FAQsthe below for more details.

They must NOT be in their first or final year of study during AY 2022-23. Ideally, nominees should have at least three years of study remaining, as the fellowship is renewable for up to three years (contingent upon good academic standing, full-time registration, and available funding) and the preference is to build a cohort of scholars over multiple years.

Please do not nominate those who don’t meet these timing guidelines. Please see the FAQs below for more details.

If you have questions about a particular nominee’s eligibility, please first review the FAQ's select FAQ below to see if the question is addressed. If it is not addressed below, create a ticket in the Services & Support Portal by emailing

The nominee must be a doctoral student/candidate in one of the following graduate programs:



Biological Sciences

Biomedical Sciences


Chemical Engineering

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Materials Science


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering




Public Health – Epidemiology

Public Health - Global Health

Public Health – Health Behavior

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Structural Engineering

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

  • ARCS Foundation fellowships reward excellence in research. Selection is based primarily on the exceptional promise of the nominee to make a significant contribution to the advancement of science, and to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.



  • Nomination Procedures: Each eligible program may nominate one qualified doctoral student/candidate. Students may not self-nominate.

  • To nominate, a department representative should submit nominations via the Google Form below and attach the requested materials as .pdf documents:
    • One confidential letter of recommendation addressed to Dr. James Antony, Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, from a UC San Diego faculty member and co-signed by the graduate program chair.
    • Nominees expanded CV/resume showcasing all academic achievements, including 1.) short abstracts of published papers, presentations, speaking engagements, etc., and 2.) all post-secondary honors/activities/leadership/service.
    • An unofficial UC San Diego transcript.


Employment is allowed in conjunction with this fellowship



Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Please submit nominations via this Google Form:

If you have any questions please review the FAQs below. If your question is not answered below, send an email to which will create a support ticket.

For general FAQs please first visit the ARCS Foundation webpage:



  • Question: Is the minimum 3.5 GPA requirement flexible? Can I nominate a student who has a 3.4 GPA? 
    • Answer: The 3.5 GPA minimum requirement is set by the ARCS Foundation and is standard across all partner schools. All UC San Diego nominees must meet the minimum threshold of a 3.5 cumulative GPA.  
  • Question: My UC San Diego program/department is not listed here, but I think it would be a good fit for the ARCS Scholars program, what should I do?
    • Answer:  Departments are added or subtracted within a rigorous ongoing review process that seeks to ensure that ARCS Awards are given only to the most highly ranked departments and scholars across science, engineering, and medical research fields. If you are interested in having your program considered for future ARCS Awards, please email Tamara Schaps at indicating the following:
      • 1) How your program compares to similar programs at peer institutions across the country, to be successful your program must be highly ranked 
      • 2) How your program is focused on rigorous scientific research and how do you involve doctoral students in that research, please share information on other extramural funders currently investing in your department/program
      • 3) The name and email address of the person who will be the program/department contact for the ARCS Foundation application process
  • Question: Can I accept the ARCS award if I am also a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)? 
    • Answer: Because ARCS is not considered a federal fellowship, recipients can concurrently accept ARCS and also be a recipient of the NSF GRFP (See: page 27 Fellowship Details and Conditions).
  • Question: I am entering my fifth year of doctoral studies, however, due to COVID-19 delays or other extenuating circumstances, I will not graduate for another three years and plan to be enrolled in at least 12 units per quarter to complete my degree. Am I eligible to be nominated for ARCS?
    • Answer: Generally, ARCS prefers nominees who are not so far along in their academic journeys, however, because COVID-19 has impacted normal academic progress for many students, if your department can confirm you will be here for the next three years and enrolled in 12 units per quarter, then you would be considered eligible. Please include this context in the nomination materials so reviewers are aware.
Current & Past Recipients

Current Recipients

Award Year

First NameLast NameDepartment/Major
2022-23; 2021-22AnelaAkionaScripps Institution of Oceanography
2022-23; 2021-22Gabriel AntonioAscuiBiomedical Sciences (La Jolla Institute)
2022-23KristaBaltoChemistry and Biochemistry
2022-23LauraBecerraElectrical and Computer Engineering
2022-23; 2021-22AlecCalacPublic Health – Global Health
2022-23KellenCavagneroBiomedical Sciences
2022-23AustinCarterScripps Institution of Oceanography
2022-23; 2021-22MinervaContrerasNeurosciences
2022-23; 2021-22RubenEliasChemistry and Biochemistry
2022-23; 2021-22SonyaHauptBiomedical Sciences (La Jolla Institute)
2022-23; 2021-22JohnHoloubekNanoEngineering
2022-23; 2021-22MaxHopkinsComputer Science and Engineering
2022-23; 2021-22JervaughnHunterBioengineering
2022-23; 2021-22PratibhaJagannathaBioinformatics
2022-23NishtaKrishnan NanoEngineering
2022-23SahanaKuthyarBiological Sciences
2022-23; 2021-22DavidMcBrideChemical Engineering
2022-23; 2021-22EleonoraRachtmanBioinformatics
2022-23; 2021-22SankaranRamanarayananMechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2022-23; 2021-22; 2020-21SamanthaSisonNeurosciences
2022-23; 2021-22AngusThiesScripps Institution of Oceanography
2022-23; 2021-22BrianTranMathematics
2022-23; 2021-22AlishaUkaniComputer Science and Engineering
2022-23; 2021-22AliciaVan EnooNeurosciences

Past Recipients

Since 2018-19

Award Year

First NameLast NameDepartment/Major
2020-21; 2019-20BryceAckermannChemistry and Biochemistry
2021-22KyleAngleChemistry and Biochemistry
2021-22; 2020-21; 2019-20Miriam KathleenBellMechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19LauraChipmanBiology
2020-21; 2019-20GabrielleColvertBioengineering
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19BethannyDanskinNeurosciences
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19MickeyFinnNanoEngineering
2020-21; 2019-20MarkKalajChemistry and Biochemistry
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19KevinKaufmannNanoEngineering
2021-22; 2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19AndrewKleinschmidtChemical Engineering
2020-21; 2019-20Jenna JoaquinLawrenceMechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19ChiweiManChemistry and Biochemistry
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19RyanMarinaBiomedical Sciences
2020-21; 2019-20NicoleMlynarykNeurosciences
2021-22; 2020-21; 2019-20ColmanMooreNanoEngineering
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19JessicaNgScripps Institution of Oceanography
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19VictorOrChemistry and Biochemistry
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19JasonPlattPhysics
2021-22; 2020-21ChanningPrendScripps Institution of Oceanography
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19DimitriSchreiberElectrical and Computer Engineering
2020-21; 2019-20; 2018-19MatthewStonePublic Health - Health Behavior
2021-22; 2020-21; 2019-20AnthonyVuBiomedical Sciences
2021-22; 2020-21; 2019-20AlexanderWhiteheadBioengineering
2021-22; 2020-21; 2019-20JiarongZhouNanoEngineering

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