The William F. Podlich Fellowship on Democracy offers support to incoming graduate students who participate in the Center's graduate training program on democracy. Applicants should be interested in the study of the democratic process in America or abroad, especially processes aimed at reforming, improving or expanding democracy. The fellowship is a gift to the Center from William F. Podlich, a nationally respected finance expert and one of the co-founders of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) in Newport Beach. The Podlich Fellowship translates his interest and involvement in American politics into direct support for students who will study the foundations of democracy in their research and graduate studies. Podlich has provided support and guidance for the development of UC Irvine's Center for the Study of Democracy. Podlich also is a recipient of the UCI Medal and a member of the UCI Foundation. These fellowships provide first-year stipends and/or fees for students who enter the Ph.D. program in political science at UC Irvine and participate in the Center's Democracy Fellows program.

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The Podlich Fellows:

  • 2018: Melina Much
    2017: Kaylin Jude Bourdon, BA, University of San Diego 
  • 2016: Jessica Callahan, BA, Tulane University
  • 2016: Nathan Chan, BA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2015: Lauren Anderson, BA, University of Georgia & Colin Bernatzky, BA, Vassar College
  • 2014: Jennifer Garcia, BA, University of California, Berkeley & Robert Nyenhuis, BA, University of Missouri
  • 2013: Megan Brooker, BA, Haverford College, MPA, Washington State University
  • 2013: Jason Mueller, BA, Stony Brook University
  • 2011: Katelyn Finley, BA Washington and Lee University
  • 2010: Dana Moss,  BA Loyola College, Maryland; M.A. Villanova University
  • 2009: Kenneth Chaiprasert, BA, UC Los Angeles; JD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2008: Peter Miller, BA, Reed College
  • 2007: Sharmaine Jackson, BA, University of Colorado, JD Rutgers University
  • 2007: Fatima Rahman, BA, UC San Diego, MA UC Riverside
  • 2006: Karl Kruse, BA, Texas Christian University
  • 2006: Michelle Peria, BA, University of Washington
  • 2005: Lorien Jasny, BA, Columbia University
  • 2005: Reuben Kline, BA, Hiram College
  • 2004: Jill Harper, BA, Michigan State University
  • 2004: Willy Jou, BA, UC Berkeley
  • 2003: Adam Martin, BA, California Lutheran University
  • 2002: Catherine Corrigall-Brown, Western Ontario University
  • 2002: Natalie Masuoka, BA, California State University
  • 2001: Michele Budz, BA, University of Texas
  • 2001: Matt Barreto, BA, University of New Mexico
  • 2000: Michael Latner, BA, California State University, Chico
  • 2000: Susan Kupperstein, BA, UC San Diego
  • 2000: Lindsey Harrison Lupo, BA, UC Santa Barbara
  • 1999:  Erik Faleski, BA, SUNY Binghamton

Michael Struett, BA, UC Berkeley
Kim DeFronzo, BA, UCLA
Brian Adams, BA, University of Southern California
Chris Gianos, BA, UC Irvine; MA, SDSU
Mark Gray, BA, UCLA


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