Graduate Fellowships and Grants
|Mentored Research Award | Application (PDF)
Gives academically promising graduate students an opportunity to conduct pre-doctoral research while developing and strengthening relationships with faculty advisers. Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose backgrounds, life experiences, and/or work contribute to diversity. The Graduate Division requests nominations from departments in the Spring semester.
|March 6, 2014|
|University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship | Application (PDF)
Open to doctoral students who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research, and who are in their final year of dissertation work. Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose backgrounds, life experiences, and/or work contribute to diversity. The Graduate Division requests nominations from departments in the Spring semester.
|March 6, 2014|
|Doctoral Completion Fellowship (DCF)
The Doctoral Completion Fellowship (DCF) provides an incentive for students in certain graduate programs, to complete their degree within a reasonable time. This is a new fellowship program available to students in participating graduate programs who enter in Fall 2010 or later. It replaces the Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship (DNTF). Students in qualifying programs admitted in Spring 2010 and before remain in the DNTF program, as described in the Guide to Graduate Policy.
|Before beginning of semester in which you want to use the award.|
|Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship (DNTF)
NOTE: for students entering eligible departments beginning in Fall 2010, a new fellowship program replaces the DNTF. Please visit the Doctoral Completion Fellowship (DCF) section of the Guide to Graduate Policy for more information. The Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship (DNTF) provides an incentive for students in certain graduate programs, to make progress to their degree within normative times.
|Before beginning of semester in which you want to use the award.|
|Conference Travel Grants (PDF)
Awards to allow Ph.D. and Master’s students in academic degree programs to attend professional conferences (professional programs are not eligible). Applicants must be presenting a paper or poster on their research at the conference they are attending.
|Graduate Division Student Parent Grant (PDF)||July 8, 2014*|
|The Irving and Helen Betz Traveling Fellowship / Application (PDF)
The Irving and Helen Betz Traveling Fellowship is open to advanced graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, whose research will be well-served by travel to and on-site collaboration with scholars in Israel. Students in any field may apply. Finalists will be asked to submit a letter of invitation from an Israeli academic institution. The fellowship will provide funding for in absentia registration and health insurance fees, a $15,000 stipend for living expenses, and a $1,500 stipend for travel expenses.
|September 19, 2014|
|Bay Area Water Quality Fellowship / Application (PDF)
Provides funding to graduate students whose studies are related specifically to water quality issues that affect the San Francisco Bay. It is intended to support scientific research into the following topics: the exposure or effect, if any, of organisms within the San Francisco Bay estuary to selenium, metals, and/or organic chemicals through food chain transfer; the degree, if any to which sediments are a source of exposure of organisms within the San Francisco Bay estuary to selenium, metals, and/or organic chemicals; other research proposed by the University that involves the effect of pollution on the San Francisco Bay estuary and/or its ecosystem. Recipients will receive in state tuition and fees (formerly called registration and educational fees) for spring as well as a stipend of up to $10,000.
|November 1, 2013|
|Paul J. Alexander Memorial Fellowship (PDF)
Awarded for the study of Byzantine, ancient, and medieval history. Advanced Berkeley graduate students studying in the general area of ancient history are invited to apply. A student can receive this award only once during his or her academic career.
|November 7, 2014|
|Elizabeth Roboz Einstein Fellowship (PDF)
One-semester fellowship to fund doctoral candidates in the neurosciences relating to human development. Applicants must have demonstrated distinguished scholarship, as well as the ability to conduct research at an advanced level.
|November 7, 2014|
|Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards
Academic Year Awards: Application (PDF)
Summer Awards: Application (PDF)
Enables students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents to acquire a high level of competence in one or more foreign languages. Fellowships are awarded to students in modern foreign language and area studies, with priority given to students in the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields. For academic year awards, entering students must submit the combined Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships by the departmental deadline. Continuing students should apply directly to the Graduate Services Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall.
|January 21, 2014|
|Sydney Ehrman Fellowship /Application (PDF)
Open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students in any field of study at Berkeley as well as students who hold a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and wish to study at Kings College in Cambridge. Students who receive the fellowship must provide evidence that they will attend Kings College before leaving in the fall. Students must apply separately to Kings College for admission. This is not a campus exchange program. Winners will receive a stipend in the amount of $10,000 per term.
|Febuary 19, 2014 (4 p.m.)|
|Kang Family Graduate Fellowship for Biotechnology Endowment (PDF)
The Kang Family Graduate Fellowship for Biotechnology is a competitive award designed to provide funding for Berkeley doctoral students who are engaged in biotechnology research. First preference shall be given to students whose research interests are in point-of-care diagnostics or biomarkers. The grant will provide a $7,500 stipend for fall 2013. Applications should be submitted to Graduate Services Fellowships Office (318 Sproul Hall), and must include a statement of the student’s research interests and a letter of recommendation from his/her dissertation adviser. The Kang Family Graduate Fellowship for Biotechnology was established in 2011 with a gift from LifeCare Foundation.
|March 7, 2014|
|Philip Brett LGBT Award /Application (PDF)
Open to all UC Berkeley graduate students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who are conducting research related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer studies in any field or discipline. Applicants must provide brief summaries of their overall research interests and aims; questions they are pursuing or plan to pursue that are related to LGBT issues; and contributions they hope to make to LGBT-related studies. An endorsement letter from the academic advisor is required.
|March 14, 2014|
|The Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity | Application (PDF)
The Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity provides up to $20,000 to graduate students who demonstrate a high level of academic distinction within the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley. The fellowship will support outstanding Ph.D. candidates whose work focuses on Classical antiquity, in particular Greek literature and archeology. Eligible students shall have passed their oral exams.
|March 14, 2014|
|Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Fellowship (PDF)
The Jim Fahey Safe Homes Fund for Women endowment was established in 2007 to provide scholarships for graduate students at UC Berkeley with demonstrated financial need and a strong aptitude in relevant subjects as well as a deep commitment to combating domestic violence against women. A student may receive this award more than once during his or her academic career. The application should be submitted, with supporting materials, to the Graduate Services Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall.
|March 25, 2014|
|Roselyn Lindheim Award in Environmental Design and Public Health (PDF)
Award for work-in-progress of a graduate student that best exemplifies and furthers Professor Lindheim’s unique vision and innovative work in shaping community, architectural and/or public health environments that promote quality of life and wellness.
|April 4, 2014|
|Albert Newman Fellowship for Visually-Impaired Students (PDF)
Award for substantially visually-impaired graduate students who demonstrate scholastic achievement.
|April 11, 2014|
|Dr. and Mrs. James C.Y. Soong Fellowships | Application (PDF) International Student Financial Information Form (PDF)
Provides financial support for graduate students from Taiwan who are enrolled full-time at the University of California, Berkeley, in any field of study.
|April 15, 2014|
|Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship (PDF)
This fellowship is intended for graduates of universities in specific areas of India and Pakistan who are currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of California. To be eligible, a student must also be committed to returning to his or her country of origin after receiving the graduate degree and must not have engaged previously in graduate study at any other institution of higher learning in the United States. Students at any stage of graduate study may be nominated, but preference is given to those holding a master’s degree, and particularly those who have reached the dissertation stage and have exhausted the normal sources of financial support.
|Suspended for 2013-14|
In addition to Graduate Division administered fellowships, UC Berkeley offers awards to Graduate Students in the disciplines outlined below. To learn more about these awards, contact the program department directly.
|UC Berkeley Award Programs||Deadline|
|Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants
Research grants are available to graduate students enrolled at any University of California campus other than San Francisco who are using one or more of the 37 sites in the UC Natural Reserve System. A total of $38,000 is available for grants, with a maximum award of $3,000 per applicant. Students from any academic discipline are eligible.
|EU Center of Excellence Grants
Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies (IES), these grants include Faculty Grants, Faculty Modules, Curriculum Grants, Working Group Grants for Students in European Studies, and Foreign Language Teaching Grants.
|Townsend Dissertation Fellowships
Awarded to graduate students writing Ph.D. dissertations whose research projects significantly involve humanistic material or problems that have a significant bearing on the humanities. The competition is open to graduate students who are advanced to candidacy, or who will be advanced to candidacy by June 2012. More information, including application materials, are available online.
|International Need-Based Tuition Awards and Graduate Student Family Grants
The Berkeley International Office offers grants for international graduate students and graduate student families. To be eligible for financial support, international students must: 1) demonstrate financial need; 2) have completed two semesters at UC Berkeley; and 3) be registered full-time each semester. For additional requirements, please see the BIO web site: internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/aid/
|Grants for Study in Germany and Austria
Competitive IES-administered grants for Dissertation and Predissertation research in Germany and Austria are available to Berkeley and system-wide University of California students in a wide range of disciplines. Faculty short-term research funding is also available for research involving Germany and Austria.Applications are normally due the first of February of each academic year. Please see the links below for detailed information and application forms. Feel free to share this information with UC students and faculty whose research may make them eligible to apply.
Berkeley-Austria Predissertation and Dissertation Fellowships
|February 1 of each academic year|
|Bancroft Library Study Awards
Awarded to outstanding continuing students enrolled at any University of California campus who plan to conduct advanced research on a subject for which source materials are available in the Bancroft Library. Applications are available at the Administrative Office of the Bancroft Library, (510) 642-3781, or online.
|First Monday in February (5 p.m.)|
|UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and UC System: Entering Graduate Fellowships in Modern European Studies
NOTE: This fellowship is available only through departmental nomination
The Center for German and European Studies announces the availability of fellowships in the amount of $10,000 ($5,000 each semester), Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 for outstanding entering graduate students who demonstrate an interest in modern European studies.Please see the link below for detailed information. Feel free to share this information with UC students and faculty whose research may make them eligible to apply.
|Institute of International Studies (IIS) Dissertation Fellowships
Funding for UC Berkeley graduate students conducting various predissertation and dissertation research projects that explore social science issues on an international scale.
|European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress: Graduate Student Internship
The European Parliament invites graduate students (US citizens only) to apply for an internship in its Washington, DC office from mid-January to mid-April 2013, with the possibility of a two month extension in Brussels and Strasbourg, if it is relevant to the intern’s course of study. What better place to monitor transnational politics in action, to see global players in international affairs addressing global challenges across a range of policy areas, to witness the interplay between decision-makers in the US — be they from the legislative or executive branch — and lawmakers from the European Union? For more information: iis.berkeley.edu
Extramural fellowships are those awarded by governmental agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Many extramural fellowships are open to international students. Others, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and some government-sponsored fellowships, are awarded only to U.S. citizens.
Applying for extramural fellowships can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. Begin your search early, at least one year before the intended onset of funding.
Prospective students applying for extramural fellowships should consult The Grants Register and the Annual Register of Grant Support at their campus or local library for information.
A partial list of extramural and University fellowships and deadlines appears below. Some of the deadlines are approximations based on competitions from the previous year ( * ). Updates will be posted as new information becomes available. For more information on these and other fellowships awarded by government agencies, foundations, and corporations, contact the Graduate Fellowships Office.
|Extramural Fellowship Deadlines||Deadline|
|International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Awards
U.S. citizens who are affiliated full time with a North American college or university are eligible for academic exchange programs in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Eurasia, and Asia.
|The Smith Richardson Foundation Grant
The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce a new annual grant competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history.
|October 1, 2013|
|UC MEXUS Grants for Dissertation Research
For support of dissertation research or MFA final projects by University of California graduate students in the areas of Mexico-Related Studies—All Disciplines, Latino Studies, United States-Mexican Relations, Critical U.S.-Mexico Issues, Mexican and Latino Topics in the Arts and Humanities. Grants for periods of up to two years will be provided to support research leading to the dissertation.
|September 23, 2013|
|Luce Scholars Program
Provides an intensive experience in Asia for young Americans who show evidence of potential leadership and accomplishment. Applicants should have a strong, mature, and clearly defined interest in a field other than Asian affairs.
|October 1, 2013|
|George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowships
The George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship offers maximum grants of $7,500 for doctoral or postdoctoral research in 20th century U. S. Military or diplomatic history and related fields. For additional information and an application, visit the George C. Marshall Foundation website at www.marshallfoundation.org (Scholarships and Fellowships) or you may write: The George C. Marshall Research Library, Attention: Joanne D. Hartog, P. O. Drawer 1600, Lexington, VA 24450; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Suspended for 2012-13 and 2013-14.|
|Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships
For U.S. citizens and permanent residents conducting overseas dissertation research in modern foreign language and area studies. Funding is for six to 12 months. Fellowships are not awarded for projects focusing on Western Europe or for research in countries with which the U.S. has no diplomatic relations.
|May 20, 2013|
|Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarships
Science, math, and engineering scholarships for U.S. citizens for one year of graduate work at Cambridge University. For more information, contact the Scholarship Connection Office, 301B Campbell Hall #2922, Berkeley, CA 94720-2922; phone: (510) 643-6929, email: email@example.com; website:http://scholarships.berkeley.edu/.
Winston Churchill Foundation website: www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org
|DAAD for Study in Germany
For Berkeley undergraduate seniors, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers (2 years or less beyond the Ph.D.) to undertake up to 10 months study and research in Germany.
|October 21, 2013*|
|Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Open to U.S. citizens in the applied and physical sciences who have a record of high scholastic performance. Provides a stipend, tuition, and fees.
|Application for 2013 is closed.Check website for 2014 application|
|HHMI International Student Research Fellowships
Campus Application (PDF)
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute grants fellowships for international students pursuing doctoral degrees in the sciences in the United States. The fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend, fees, and a $3,000 research allowance annually for up to three years, but not beyond the fifth year of study. The fellowship supports outstanding international pre-doctoral students, who are currently in their second or third year of a Ph.D. program. Applicants must have a defined dissertation focus and those advanced to candidacy will be given priority. Individuals with interdisciplinary research projects in biomedical fields or related sciences are strongly encouraged to apply � examples of eligible fields include physical and biological sciences, engineering, and natural resources. U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and permanent residents are NOT eligible. The application is a two-step process: successful UC Berkeley nominees will be invited by HHMI to submit an application for the national competition. If you have additional questions about the nomination process contact Gina Farales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|October 21, 2013 (4 p.m.) (Campus applications due to the Graduate Division by this date).|
|The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
A two-year grant for graduate students: applicants must be New Americans (resident alien, naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens); have a bachelor’s degree, be in their final year of undergraduate study, or enrolled in the first or second year of a graduate program; and may not be older than 31 years of age as of November 9, 2012.
|Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
The American Council for of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2014. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.
|October 23, 2013|
|Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships
Three year fellowships for U.S. citizens or nationals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Provides a $20,000 stipend.
|NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Awarded for study in mathematical, physical, biological, and social sciences; engineering; science education; and in the history and philosophy of science. For U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents at or near the beginning of graduate study. Three years of support.
|The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
For 12 months of full-time dissertation research and writing on ethical or religious values.
|American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships
Dissertation and career development grants for women in graduate programs who have achieved distinction or show the promise of distinction in their fields. Deadlines vary; applications can be requested online.
|Ford Foundation Dissertation Diversity Fellowships
One year dissertation fellowships for U.S. citizens or nationals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Provides a $21,000 stipend.
|National Physical Science Consortium
The NPSC offers Ph.D.-track fellowships in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all qualified U.S. citizens, with an emphasis on recruiting applications from historically underrepresented minoritiesNPSC Fellows receive two paid summers of internship at their NPSC-sponsoring employer’s research facility, as well as tuition, fees, and stipends for up to six years.
|UNCF Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship
To be considered, applicants must be: African American; enrolled full time in a doctoral program in the life or physical sciences; engaged in and within 1-3 years of completing dissertation research; and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships are also available.
|Department of Defense-National Defense and Science Engineering Fellowships
Awarded to outstanding students planning to conduct graduate study and research leading to a doctoral degree in science and engineering. Provides a 12-month stipend, fees, and tuition for three years.
|Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship
Applications are now being accepted for the one-year 2014 Symantec Fellowship for graduate students pursuing innovative research related to information security, storage, and availability. The stipend is $20,000 plus tuition and fees, and comes with an opportunity to work alongside Symantec researchers. Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, the firm has operations in more than 40 countries. Application and further information are available online.
|Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
U.C. Berkeley has been invited to submit three nominations for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship. Only enrolled Berkeley graduate students are eligible—to be considered for possible nomination, applications must be submitted to Berkeley’s Graduate Services: Fellowships office by the campus deadline.Liebmann Fellowships are awarded “to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.” Candidates must be U.S. citizens with outstanding undergraduate records and demonstrated need for financial assistance. Eligible students include not only those in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, but also those in professional programs like law, medicine, engineering, and architecture. Fellowships provide fees and a living stipend, and are renewable for up to three years of total support.
|January 7, 2014|
|Knowles Science Teaching Foundation – Teaching Fellowship
KSTF Teaching Fellowships support individuals with exceptional science and mathematics content knowledge who are committed to teaching high school in the United States.
|April 30 to October 15, 2013|
|Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowships
Provides grants to advanced doctoral candidates in the humanities for completion of a scholarly dissertation project on which significant progress has already been made.
|January 14, 2014*|
|Center for British Studies Pre-Dissertation Grant
This grant of $3,000 will be awarded to second or third year UC Berkeley graduate students before their qualifying exam to travel to Britain to conduct research and develop contacts that will help them prepare a dissertation proposal. Available here are the application form and guidelines.
|January 31 of each year (or the following Monday when the 31st falls on a weekend)|
|Soroptomist International Founder Region Women’s Fellowships
Open to outstanding graduate women, preferably in the last year of study, who are working toward the doctoral degree.
|Georges Lurcy Fellowship for Study in France
An award for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who want to study or undertake research in France. The research topic should pertain to France and be one that can be pursued only in that country. A stipend will be provided for one academic year to cover the cost of travel, educational fees, and living expenses in France.
|March 14, 2014|
|UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships for Mexican Students
Provides up to five years of funding for Mexican students doing their doctoral studies at one of the ten University of California campuses. Students may pursue doctoral studies in most of the academic disciplines, with the exception of the arts. Provides full non-resident tuition, fees, a stipend, and support towards health insurance.
|April 19, 2014*|
|Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Applicants must be U.S. citizens holding a B.A. degree or equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Provides round-trip travel, tuition, books, and stipend for one academic year. Approximately 1,300 awards are available for study in over 140 countries. Applies to course work, master’s or dissertation research.
|September 6, 2013|
|WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology and Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards
This award will be given either to a master’s thesis or to a doctoral dissertation for the development of an innovative technology and its utilization for the creative solution of a major problem. Nominees must have earned the master’s or doctoral degree within the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. The 2013-2014 award consists of a certificate of award, $1,500 to the recipient, and travel expenses for the student and student’s adviser to receive the award at the annual meeting of the Association.
This award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the master’s level in any discipline in which UC Berkeley offers a master’s degree. The scholarly “product” eligible for this competition is a formal written thesis. If the nominee’s department offers both a thesis option and a project option, only the thesis is acceptable for consideration for this award. A nominee must have earned the master’s degree within the period of July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. The award consists of a certificate of award, $1000 to the recipient, and travel expenses for the student and the student’s adviser to receive the award at the annual meeting of the Association.
Website: www.wagsonline.org/home.html. Application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Graduate Fellowships Office to email@example.com in a single PDF file titled: LastNameofRecipient_WAGS (name of award)_2013-2014.
|August 15, 2014|
Applications are available in PDF format, which can be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. To obtain a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit the Adobe Web site.
*Based on last year’s deadline