Parents Fund

What does the UC Davis Parents Fund support?

Each year, thousands of UC Davis parents express their commitment and support of the university by giving to the UC Davis Parents Fund. These contributions enrich the educational experience of all UC Davis students by supporting exciting learning and research opportunities. Parents Fund contributions are unrestricted, which means they provide the chancellor with an often crucial funding source for emerging opportunities and pressing student needs.

Each year, the fund supports:
  • Up to a dozen new Chancellor’s Fellows, rising faculty stars who each receive $25,000 to advance groundbreaking research and engage students in their exciting work
  • Chancellor’s Achievement Awards to support exceptional first-generation undergraduates in financial need
  • Research on the UC Davis and UC Davis Health campuses and at our science centers across Northern California
  • Response to emerging needs and opportunities (example: providing hundreds of loaner laptops for students to transition to virtual learning at the outset of COVID-19)

How the Parents Fund Strengthens UC Davis

The Parents Fund supports research and teaching excellence and engages students at all levels in exciting, hands-on discovery. It also opens doors for first-generation college students and allows the chancellor to address areas of urgent need. The Parents Fund is one reason why UC Davis is a great university—and your support makes us even greater. Your gift of any size helps!

Chancellor's Fellows Awards

These fellowships provide $25,000 in unrestricted research funding to our early-career faculty members. They are supported by by private contributions to the UC Davis Annual Fund, Parents Fund and the Davis Chancellor's Club.

Chancellor's Achievement Awards

The Chancellor’s Achievement Awards have provided scholarships to hundreds of students. Recipients are nominated for their academic achievement, community work and dedication. These scholarships are often given to students who are the first members of their family to attend college.