It’s fellowship season and that means you’ll want to apply to as many scholarships, grants and fellowships as you can over the next few months. It can be overwhelming to search for what’s right for you and your research. The Graduate Division can help in directing you to potential funding opportunities.

As you plan for scholarships, grants, and financial aid, be sure to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA, by March 2, 2017, the deadline for California residency eligibility.


What kind of funding is available?

Fellowships typically cover educational and living expenses.

Grants usually cover expenses related to specific projects.

Other types of funding include loans and research assistantships and teaching assistantships.


Where can I find fellowships and grants?

Many funding opportunities are available to graduate students at Berkeley. A good place to start your search is the Graduate Division’s list of Fellowships on the web. In addition, students can explore many outside resources.

National Databases
Underrepresented and Minority Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships

International Databases


Other Resources

Professional associations, such as the American Psychology Association and American Meteorological Society, list on their websites grants and fellowships for a variety of disciplines.

A good reference book is The Annual Register of Grant Support, The Grants Register.


What to look for

The full ride: multi-year packages that cover educational and living expense for two to six years. These can be

  • Institutional: specific to a university, usually part of an admissions offer; or
  • Portable: able to be taken to the university of your choice

Small grants for specific projects, such as travel, language study, conference attendance, summer research or professional development.

One-year fellowships for specific phases of graduate study, such as for research, an internship or mentorship or dissertation writing.


Tips for applying

Be on time! Applying by deadline is essential. Individuals who don’t meet deadlines lower their chances of obtaining funding by 100 percent.

Plan ahead! The average turnaround time from application to acceptance runs six to nine months.

Don’t stop applying! Be persistent. Your chance of receiving a fellowship or grant will increase the more you continue to apply. The process of applying will also improve your grant-writing skills.

If you have received a fellowship or grant in the past, help the university attract more funding by completing the Berkeley Scholarship Recipient Profile.


Need more information? Visit Financial Aid and Scholarships or stop by the Fellowships office:

Graduate Services Fellowships Office
318 Sproul Hall
510-642-0672


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Sarah McClure is a Master's candidate in the Graduate School of Journalism. She is studying multimedia journalism and covers the environment and Latin America.