Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship
Domestic nonresident students
For domestic students (out of state) and nonresident students with an eligible immigration status, the PGRF is intended to serve as a stopgap until the students can establish California residency for tuition purposes. These students can renew their PGRF for a third semester if they are unable to reclassify their residency status after their first year.
For more information about seeking California residency, click here and scroll to the Residence Reclassification (Continuing Students Only) section.
Waivers for international students will remain with the student for the maximum period of time* during their matriculation in a graduate program.
*The maximum number of waivers allowed per student: 5 total semesters for master’s students and 10 total semesters for doctoral students
PGRF recipients shall be selected according to the following criteria:
- Nonresident or international residency status
- Nomination from graduate program
- Baccalaureate and post-bacc (if applicable) GPA and other observable indicators of academic achievement
- Additional evidence of merit, including awards, achievements, departmental recommendation, as provided in the nomination
Nominations for the PGRF must be made by the graduate program advisor/director of the program in which the nominee will be enrolled during the subsequent academic year. Any nominations received that are not from the student's graduate program advisor/director will not be considered.
The 2022-2023 PGRF awards were announced on March 11th (priority cycle) and April 11th (regular cycle). Nominations for the 2023-2024 PGRF will open in spring 2023.