Graduate Fellows are researchers, instructors, and scholars expanding their academic potential. They fuel the pioneering achievements of Berkeley’s award–winning faculty, enhance the college experience of 26,000 undergraduate students, and excel in scholarship that advances the frontiers of knowledge.

Why Support Graduate Education at UC Berkeley?
Ask Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman.

Berkeley’s Graduate Division provides support to graduate students in the form of grants, fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, and research appointments.

When you give to the Graduate Division, you join in supporting 10,000 graduate researchers and instructors — the finest collection of doctoral and master’s students anywhere, who will go on to help enhance the quality of life of people everywhere.

Berkeley Graduate Fellows give a lot more than you’d expect. We hope you will choose a Way to Give.

Graduate Fellowships

Endowment giving opportunities:

  • Graduate Fellowship
  • Out-of-state and International Student Award
  • Summer Research Award
  • Excellence Award

These funds may be restricted by school/college, broad discipline, or department. Contact us for information about endowing a fellowship or a graduate student award. Gifts of any amount to an established endowment such as those listed below will provide much needed fellowship funding in all programs and disciplines on campus.

Ways to Give

Give Online

For a list of additional giving opportunities to benefit graduate education, please visit the Graduate Division’s page on the Give to Cal website. Make an immediate gift using your credit or debit card, The secure, online giving form is the easiest way to make your gift.

By Mail or Phone

If you prefer to make your gift over the phone or if you have questions while trying to make your gift, please contact us by phone 510-642-5472 or email To mail a gift, please make your check payable to the University of California, Berkeley. If you wish to designate your gift to a certain area, please write that in the memo line of the check. The mailing address is:

Graduate Division
University of California, Berkeley
424 Sproul Hall MC# 5900
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900

Gift Planning

Berkeley’s Office of Gift Planning can assist you in making a planned gift (such as an estate, bequest or trust). There are a number of donors who are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities, and other plans that provide favorable tax benefits. For more information, visit the Office of Gift Planning website.

Matching Gifts

Your employer may help you double or even triple your impact by matching your gift to Berkeley. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, you can check with your company’s Human Resources office or search using the Berkeley matching gifts database.

Stock Transfer

Gifts of appreciated securities are a great way to transmit assets to Berkeley as charitable contributions.  Questions? Visit the Office of Gift Planning website.

Graduate Mentoring

Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) engages doctoral students in creating mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. This program is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral candidates and to foster research skills and paths to advanced studies for undergraduates. SMART was launched in 2012 thanks to generous gifts from two Berkeley alumni. Today, 50% of program funding continues to be provided by donor gifts and each gift is matched 1:1 by the Graduate Division. Learn more about the SMART Mentoring program. Get inspired, watch the video.


Meet the Graduate Dean

These lively, sell-out events provide an opportunity for alumni and friends to meet each other and learn about some of the latest research trends at Berkeley. In addition to reconnecting with campus and networking with alumni, participants enjoy gourmet (often local and sustainable) food and wine in unique venues.

Berkeley Graduate Lectures

These lectures feature distinguished scholars and speakers on topics in history, science, public policy, literature, philosophy, and human values. Past lecturers include Stephen Hawking, Claude Levi-Strauss, Edwin Hubble, Noam Chomsky, and Michel Foucault. For schedules and details, or to be notified by email about upcoming events, please see the Berkeley Graduate Lectures website.

Berkeley Distinguished Graduate Fellows Reception

A reception is held annually to honor recipients of Berkeley’s most competitive and prestigious graduate fellowships. The Chancellor co-hosts the evening along with the Dean of the Graduate Division. Fellows enjoy the company of their peers, have an opportunity to meet high-profile donors, and key faculty and staff supporters.

Other Events & Activities

Contact Us

Shanti Corrigan, Assistant Dean for External Relations

Phone: (510) 642-8614
Fax:  (510) 642-6366

Liz Moress, Senior Director of Development

Phone: (510) 643-5043
Fax: (510) 642-6366

Jane Fink, Events Manager

Event planning & development support 
Phone: (510) 643-9164
Fax: (510) 642-6366

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