Below is your reminder of the December 1, 2014 deadline for the opportunity outlined below.



October 22, 2014


Subject:    Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) - Fellowships for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Our campus is deeply invested in a future of multidisciplinary research into critical scientific and social issues. The strategic research themes we have identified will allow us to capitalize on our individual and collaborative strengths, and to shape our university's work well into this new century.

The strategic themes - understanding and protecting the planet; enriching human life and society; exploring the basis of human knowledge, learning and creativity; and understanding cultures and addressing disparities in society - form the basis for launching a new Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP). This program will invest in our students and build the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to address society's greatest challenges, forge new intellectual enterprises, work across diverse disciplines, either individually or as members of multidisciplinary teams, and become better scholars and leaders in the future.

FISP will support multidisciplinary research project fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars working with mentors across the campus. The fellowships will provide opportunities for the students/scholars to develop their ability to communicate and collaborate with those in very different disciplines. Priority will be given to projects that are aligned with the UCSD strategic research themes above and represent a new collaborative or multidisciplinary focus, employ novel and creative approaches, and foster commitments to diversity and access.

The FISP program will provide fellowship support for 100 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows working with mentors in at least two different divisions, and 100 undergraduate students working in labs, programs, or centers with a multidisciplinary focus. These trainees will have opportunities to build skills in cutting-edge multidisciplinary research and receive professional-development training. The program will feature educational components and campus-wide events to foster new partnerships.

FISP is a 2 year program. Ph.D. graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who receive funding in FY2015, may re-apply for funding in FY2016. Preference will be given to new applicants, but a one-year renewal will be possible. Undergraduate funding is for one-year only. Applications for the fellowships will be available October 20, 2014, with a first application deadline of December 1, 2014. Further details about the program and the application process can be found at (

Please encourage all of those who can benefit from these opportunities to consider applying for funding as appropriate. We look forward to the collaborative successes these programs are designed to foster.

Sandra A. Brown
Vice Chancellor for Research

Gerry Boss
Academic Senate, Division Chair