Highly qualified applicants are considered for prestigious awards that supplement the stipend in the first year of study. These include the Francisco J. Ayala Graduate Fellowships, sponsored by the School of Biological Sciences, and other awards sponsored by Graduate Division.
First and second year students are encouraged to apply for NSF GRFP awards. Information can be found on the website of Grad Division. Additional information about the Broader Impacts criteria is provided in the following files:
Instructions for faculty letter writers are available here: NSF GRFP Letter Guide 2015.
UCI maintains several NIH-funded training grants that support graduate students, usually in years two or later of PhD studies. Click HERE for details.