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Made possible by the generosity of Chancellor and Professor Emeritus Ralph Cicerone and Dr. Carol Cicerone, the Ralph J. & Carol M. Cicerone Endowed Graduate Fellowship provides one quarter of funding each year for an exceptional incoming ESS graduate student.

Program Overview

To align our strategic goals of increasing graduate student enrollment and funding while continuing to recruit the most talented candidates, one exceptional incoming student each year is awarded the Cicerone Fellowship. The candidate is selected based on academic record as well as potential to be influential in the field of Earth system science. The recipient is asked to provide the department with updates on significant research milestones throughout their career. These updates are posted on the department’s website and are a reminder of the Cicerones’ legacy to the field and the Department of Earth System Science at UCI. 

The Cicerone Fellowship was previously awarded to an upper-level ESS doctoral student to broaden his or her training by providing financial support for one quarter. Students typically conducted research outside of their primary advisor’s area by involving a secondary advisor. This was in keeping with the department’s founding vision that global change, and the greatest environmental threats to society, cut across traditional disciplines. Researchers who are comfortable working across disciplines are in a better position to address societal needs.

Click here for a list of current and previous Cicerone Fellows.