How to Apply

UC Davis student participating in the UC LEADS Research Symposium

Program Eligibility

  • Science, technology, mathematics or engineering major
  • Educationally and/or economically disadvantaged
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 at time of application submission and must be maintained throughout participation in program if selected
  • Interested in research (note: you do not have to have previous research experience to apply to this program)
  • Seasoned UC Davis sophomore or rising junior standing (transfer students currently at UC Davis are encouraged to apply). Since this is a two-year program, UC LEADS scholars will need to be available to spend one summer performing research at UC Davis and then a second summer performing research at another UC campus.
  • Obtain a doctoral degree in the UC system

Application Steps

Annual Deadline: Last Friday in February

  1. Download the UC Leads application (bottom of page)
  2. Complete the application components:
    • Student information
    • Family information
    • Financial/tax information
    • Educational information
    • Official transcripts
    • Statement of purpose
    • Letters of recommendation (two required)
  3. Send electronically, postal mail or in person to:
    • University of California, Davis
      UC LEADS Program
      250 Mrak Hall
      One Shields Avenue
      Davis, CA 95616