EPIC Frequently Asked Questions


I have already participated in an STE. Can I apply again?

Previous participants are welcome to apply. However, priority for attending an STE will be given to candidates who have not yet participated in an STE. We want to make sure that we can reach as many faculty members and graduate students as possible throughout the Humanities Division and Department of History to support EPIC’s long-term goals.

I got accepted to an STE but can’t come to all of the meetings. What should I do?

Please note that as a Mellon-EPIC Fellow, you are required to attend any and all seminar meetings. Your commitment for the quarter will be around 20-25 hours: this translates to approximately two hours of work each week. Any absences due to emergencies must be communicated with the co-leads. If you have to withdraw your application, please contact us here.

I’m a graduate student and I’m concerned whether the Mellon-EPIC Fellowship will affect my financial aid?

Please note that the Mellon-EPIC Fellowship research grant does affect your overall merit-based funding eligible through UCLA Financial Aid; graduate students need to self-report the award to UCLA Financial Aid if they intend to take student loans. In addition, this stipend will count towards the maximum merit based funding as set forth by the UCLA Graduate Division. More information can be found here: https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/maximum-limit-of-merit-based-support/.