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Fellowships & Partnerships

UC Davis recognizes our national and international relationships by collaborating at every opportunity, whether it is research projects, student exchanges or fellowship offerings. In addition to these partnerships, we are exploring additional opportunities were we might engage, recruit and retain international students.

3+X Partnerships with Universities in China

"3+X" refers to 3 years at the partner university and "X" years in a master's program at UC Davis (where "X" is approximately 1 year).  These collaborative programs bring promising undergraduates from Chinese universities to UC Davis to earn a master's degree and to be evaluated by graduate programs as potential future Ph.D. students.

Students who are admitted to graduate programs join UC Davis following their junior year, complete their bachelor's degree requirements in the Fall quarter through the UC Davis Global Study program, and then begin work for their master's degree in Winter quarter. 3+X students are responsible for all tuition, fees, and expenses during their studies at UC Davis. An estimate of those expenses can be found on the Financial Aid and Scholarships "Cost of Attendance for Graduate Studies Programs" webpage.

China Agricultural University 3+X Program

  • Before submitting an application, students must first be reviewed and approved for participation by China Agricultural University. Please contact Kun Zhu (kunzhu@cau.edu.cn), Academic Advisor at China Agricultural University, for additional information regarding the selection process.
  • Students who have been selected may apply for admission to one or more participating UC Davis graduate programs and indicate that they have been approved to participate in the 3+X program on the application. Applicants must meet normal program deadlines and criteria.
  • When completing your application, in the "China Agricultural University 3+X Partnership" section of the "Other Information" page, indicate that you have been approved by China Agricultural University to apply as a 3+X applicant.
  • Students pay their own way for the master's degree.
Participating Graduate Programs

Soils and Biogeochemistry (M.S.)

Zhejiang University 3+X Program

  • Before submitting an application, students must first be reviewed and approved for participation by Zhejiang University. Please contact Yuwen Yang (yuwen@zju.edu.cn), 3+X coordinator for Zhejiang University, for additional information regarding the selection process.
  • Students who have been selected may apply for admission to one or more participating UC Davis graduate programs and indicate that they have been approved to participate in the 3+X program on the application. Applicants must meet normal program deadlines and criteria.
  • When completing your application, in the "Zhejiang University 3+X Partnership" section of the "Other Information" page, indicate that you have been approved by Zhejiang University to apply as a 3+X applicant.
  • Students pay their own way for the master's degree.
Participating Graduate Programs

Agricultural and Resource Economics (M.S.)
Biological Systems Engineering (M. Engr.)
Chemical Engineering (M.S.)
Child Development (M.S.)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.S.)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.)
Food Science (M.S.)
Hydrologic Sciences (M.S.)
International Agricultural Development (M.S.)
Materials Science and Engineering (M. Engr.)
Transportation Technology and Policy (M.S.)

 

China Scholarship Council & UC Davis Collaborative Agreements

China Scholarship Council - UC Davis Ph.D. Fellowship Program

Applicants who wish to be considered for this program must submit their graduate application no later than January 10.

Program Overview

The CSC – UC Davis Ph.D. Fellowship Program provides full support for up to 20 excellent candidates each year from China.  CSC will pay full non-resident tuition fees, living costs, round trip airfare to California, and visa application fees for up to two years. UC Davis will provide each selected student with support for the following three years.

Priority is being given to applicants to Ph.D. programs in the fields of agriculture, including soil science, animal and plant science, and food science.  Applications to other study/research areas are also considered, such as environmental science, engineering, health sciences, social sciences, and other physical and biological sciences.

Students who wish to study in other doctoral programs will be considered by the CSC on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet admission criteria set by UC Davis for Ph.D. programs and selection criteria as determined by the CSC.

Application Instructions

Step 1: Apply to UC Davis

a) Submit application online to UC Davis through the application system (https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective-students/admissions-application). It is strongly recommended that you submit your application no later than December 1 to allow the graduate program to consider you for admission.

b) Applicants who are selected for admission will be issued an official admission letter by Graduate Studies (official offers of admission are only made by Graduate Studies and cannot be made by graduate programs or faculty).

c) The graduate program will determine which admitted students will be nominated for the CSC-UC Davis Joint Ph.D. fellowship. Admitted students who have been selected will be provided the following by the graduate program:

  • A supplemental admissions memorandum indicating that the student has been nominated by the graduate program for the CSC-UC Davis Joint Ph.D. fellowship.
  • A Ph.D. study plan approved by the faculty member who will be supervising the student's research.
  • A copy of the research supervisor's curriculum vitae.

d) UC Davis will submit the complete list of recommended candidates to the CSC no later than March.

Step 2: Apply to CSC

a) Follow the CSC directions (http://www.csc.edu.cn/chuguo) to submit an online application and submission of paper documents before the deadline.

b) Documents needed for the application include all of the university and graduate program documents listed in Step 1:

  • The official admission letter issued by UC Davis Graduate Studies.
  • The supplemental admissions memorandum from the graduate program.
  • The Ph.D. study plan approved by the faculty member who will be supervising the student's research.
  • A copy of the research supervisor's curriculum vitae.

China Scholarship Council - UC Davis Joint Ph.D. Training Scholarship

Program Overview

The CSC-UC Davis Joint Ph.D. Training Scholarship provides excellent candidates from China the living costs, round trip airfare to California, and visa application fees. Up to 20 Ph.D. students from China will be hosted at UC Davis each year to conduct studies and researches for up to a maximum of 24 months (subject to availability of faculty), facilitating continuing research collaboration between UC Davis and their home institutions.

Eligibility

Applicant must currently be a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese universities.

Application Instructions

There are two steps for students who are interested in this program.

Step 1: Contact the UC Davis Professor

a) Contact the UC Davis professor with whom you would like to work in the graduate program of your choice to ask if they are willing to host you at UC Davis as part of the Joint Ph.D. Training Scholarship Program.

b) Receive invitation letter from the graduate program/faculty member.

Note: students interested in the Joint Ph.D. Training Scholarship do not formally apply for admission to Graduate Studies at UC Davis.

Step 2: Apply to CSC

Submit an online application and submission of paper documents to CSC.

More Information

To read more, please visit https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-china-scholarship-council-sign-deal-phd-fellowships and http://www.csc.edu.cn/require/projects2017/200102.pdf.  For other detailed information, please contact Dr. Linxia Liang, Director of Asian International Programs, Global Affairs, at lxliang@ucdavis.edu.

 

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program for Foreign Students is administered by bi-national Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies. All Foreign Student Program applications are processed by these offices. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States. Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country. Both master's and doctoral students may be supported by Fulbright awards. The level of support can vary by home country and administering agency. In many cases, the agency will ask which costs the university is able to cover. There is some evidence that an awardee will be directed to attend whichever university he/she has applied to that is offering the best package. Thus, negotiations regarding Fulbright awards can be challenging. Graduate Studies provides matching special nonresident supplemental tuition fellowships of one year for master's students and two years for doctoral students. Information for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program is available at http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org.

 

UC MEXUS-CONACYT (Mexico)

Applicants who wish to be considered for this program must submit their graduate application no later than January 15.

The UC MEXUS-CONACYT doctoral fellowships provide up to five years of funding for Mexican students doing their doctoral studies at any one of the University of California campuses.

  • Students may pursue doctoral studies in most of the academic disciplines, with the exception of the arts. Eligible areas of study include the following: Architecture, Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Law, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Urban Planning.
  • The program provides up to five years of support for doctoral studies. Support includes:
    • During the 1st through 3rd years, CONACYT provides:
      • nonresident supplemental tuition and fees,
      • monthly stipend,
      • and support towards health insurance.
    • During the 4th year,
      • CONACYT continues to provide the monthly stipend
      • and UC MEXUS provides the nonresident supplemental tuition and fees, and support towards health insurance.
    • During the 5th year (if necessary),
      • UC MEXUS provides non-resident tuition and fees, stipend, and support towards health insurance.
  • To be considered for this fellowship, students must apply to UC programs of study and to CONACYT. Fellowship recipients are selected by CONACYT and must receive an acceptance letter from a UC doctoral program. Additional information is available at http://ucmexus.ucr.edu/funding/prospective-fellows-info/doctoral_prospective.html.