UCI Dream Center

Important Announcements:

** The application cycle for the 2021-2022 academic year is now OPEN for both students & mentors.**


Application (DEADLINE: THURSDAY, May 27, 2021, at 11:59 PM)

Informational Session (WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021 4PM)




Informational Session (FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021 1 PM)

What is the DREAM Project Fellowship?

The DREAM Project Fellowship is a fellowship that provides academic and experiential learning, professional development, financial opportunities, and networking to undergraduate and graduate students regardless of immigration status.

Fellow is paired up with a project mentor and work on a mutually beneficial career and leadership development collaboration.

*We strongly encourage undocumented students without a work authorization permit to apply for this fellowship*

2020-2021 DPF Fellows Announcements:

Spring Quarter Seminar dates:

Week 3: April 17, 2021 (DPF Symposium Presentation Prep & Practice) 

Week 6: May 8, 2021 (DPF Symposium Presentation)

Week 9: May 29, 2021 (Celebration)

Our Fellowship Achievements:

Featured Articles: 

Working To Make Dreams a Reality

“Building opportunities for students regardless of immigration status has been a collective effort of the DREAM Center, campus partners, mentors, and student advocacy,” Hernandez says. “We don’t want the DREAM Center to be the only location where students feel safe and welcome. We love when they feel safe across campus in multiple offices.”

Read more about DPF and learn from our Assistant Director, Yadira Hernandez, and our DPF fellow as they share their experiences with DPF.

LA Times - Stories from the Sea

Learn more about the "Stories from the Sea" which is one of 50 DREAM Projects at UCI.

The project is a collaboration between the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, California Humanities, UCI Center for Storytelling, UCI Libraries, and the UCI Humanities Center.


Application Process for 2021-2022:




F.A.Q. for Students
  • How do I apply as a fellow?
    • Submit application form by due date and send updated resume to our Assistant Director, Yadira Hernandez, at (yadirakh@uci.edu)
  • Will the fellowship affect my financial aid?
  • How will I receive the funding?
  • How do I qualify for the program?
    • Must be non U.S. citizen & AB 540 eligible
    • Open to undocumented students who don’t have
      work authorization
    • UCI enrolled undergraduate & graduate students
  • Am I required to attend all the workshops and seminars with the DREAM Center?
    • All fellows are required to attend year round workshop and seminars
  • When will I get notified of my match?
  • When will I see the funding appear in my financial aid portal?
F.A.Q. for Mentors

Project Spotlights

Featured Videos from our Annual Poster Symposium 2019-2020

Curriculum 2020-2021

Fall Curriculum: Critical Race Theory and Self-Authorship

Winter Curriculum: Self-Advocacy and Networking

Our DPF Team

DREAM Center Staff


Angela C. Chen


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Yadira Hernandez

Assistant Director


Alejandra Jeronimo

Program Coordinator

Ji Young Kate

Ji Young Baek

DPF Peer Mentor


Carlos Zepeda

DPF Peer Mentor

Nydia N. Mora

3rd year
Political Science & Sociology 

Bucket List: Visit Salem, Massachusetts, and move to Italy spontaneously

Nydia N. Mora

DPF Peer Mentor

Aura Navarro

Aura Navarro

DPF Peer Mentor

Sponsors and Donors