The UC Davis College of Engineering (COE) believes diversity and inclusion are essential components of doctoral (PhD) training in engineering. In 2019, COE launched a collection of strategies designed to improve the diversity of the applicant pool among our engineering graduate programs. These strategies are collectively referred to as the COE Equity program.

This program is intended for individuals with the potential for leadership towards achieving the goals of improving diversity in engineering. Examples of this potential include, but are not limited to:

  • overcoming disadvantages (economic, social or educational)
  • a record of service to advance underserved populations (including tutoring or mentoring)
  • or a research topic that will ultimately assist historically underserved populations.

COE recognizes the financial burden that the graduate application fee represents for many students, particularly students from underrepresented communities. Therefore, students selected for participation in the COE Equity program are eligible for application fee waiver. The UC Davis College of Engineering fully funds this program.

Waivers provided through this program are available for PhD applicants only. We regret waivers for MS applicants will not be provided.


The distribution period for Fall 2020 applicants is now closed.