Program and Financial Support

5+2 Program Information (SOH Office of Graduate Study Site)

Everyone admitted to the graduate program in Philosophy receives a five-year funding package that includes annual fees, comprehensive student health insurance, fellowship support, and TA appointments.  Students are not required to apply separately for admission and financial support.

A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides additional support for students able to complete the Ph.D. in five years.  They receive summer funding in the third and fourth year, a dissertation fellowship in the fifth year, and are eligible for a postdoctoral appointment of up to two years as a Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow

Students who need more time to complete their dissertation projects are guaranteed a TA appointment in their fifth year and normally receive a TA appointment in their sixth year as well.

Each year UC Irvine awards a number of fellowships to entering and continuing students who can add diversity, including socioeconomic diversity, to our graduate programs.  Three of these fellowships are intended for entering students:
  •  The Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship is a multi-year award comprised of two years of centrally funded fellowship support during the fellow’s first and fourth year of study, and two years of guaranteed departmental support (e.g., from TA funding) during years two and three. 
  •  The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship is a multi-summer award, including three summers of centrally funded fellowship support as well as two years and one summer (after year one) of guaranteed departmental support (e.g., from TA funding).
  •  The UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship is designed to supplement financial support packages of admitted doctoral students. Each award will be up to $5,000 to top off their original award, and programs are encouraged to provide matching funds.
For more information on diversity fellowships, click here. If you think you might qualify for one of them, please make sure you complete the "Personal History" section of the online graduate application and indicate your interest there.