Berkeley Language Center Research Fellowship –2/3/2014

These fellowships will enable graduate students to work on special projects both to improve the quality of language instruction in their current department and to enhance their professional development as teachers.

Andrew Szeri

Berkeley’s Stellar Performance in the Latest Rankings

While we have our own internal standards for assessing and maintaining academic quality at Berkeley, it’s been gratifying to see that highly regarded national and international measures judge that Berkeley continues to do very well — superbly, in fact.

Empower U

Violence-Prevention Education Requirement Reminder

All incoming students – including graduate students and professional school students – are expected to attend one training session, in person, to fulfill a UC Systemwide requirement for violence-prevention education.

Andrew Szeri

Help us attract more students like you

Do you know personally any students who have applied to graduate schools and are considering Berkeley among their options? Please share your insider knowledge about your program, the faculty, the courses and the research.

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Getting ready to start your startup

At Berkeley today, budding entrepreneurs can test their mettle in competitions, team up with like-minded thinkers, bend the ears of faculty and industry experts, and find guidance toward funding, all on campus or very nearby.

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Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Fellowships — 2/26/2013

The Berkeley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha CA, announces its Graduate Fellowships for the 2012-13 academic year. These awards are for students who have exhausted other sources of funding as they enter the final stage of their endeavor. Please … Continued

A springful of great lectures

The University of California, Berkeley, sponsors a variety of public lectures. The lectureships present eminent scholars, Nobel laureates, and prominent figures to the University and San Francisco Bay Area community. Graduate Council and Tanner Lectures are free and no tickets are required.

Summer Institute participants, 2012

Aiming to be faculty? Prepare yourself! (With help.)

The aim of this institute is to enable graduate students to excel in all aspects of academic life as they pursue an advanced degree at Berkeley and transition from graduate school to future academic careers.

John Wilton

An open forum with John Wilton

Ever had questions regarding UC Berkeley’s budget management, financial plans, and general administration? Want to bring student concerns directly to the man in charge?

Andrew Szeri

Let us know your good news and ideas

Welcome back! I hope you took time during the holiday break to recharge your batteries and gain some fresh perspectives on your work and your life. As for me, my perspective was altered by a week in rural Cambodia, doing my small part to volunteer with a medical clinic …

University of California Human Rights Fellowship — 2/21/2013

The Human Rights Center is holding its annual competition for student fellowships in partnership with organizations working on human rights issues. Registered students at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union are eligible, with priority given to graduate and returning students. 

Doe Library reading room

Welcome to spring at your libraries

The campus libraries wish you a Happy New Year and, as the new semester begins, provide you with some quick reminders and resources.

Interested in being a White House Fellow? Apply by January 15.

One year can change your life. In that time, White House Fellows typically are full-time, paid assistants to senior White House staff, the Vice President, Cabinet secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials.  These are demanding assignments, requiring a capacity for … Continued


Chateaubriand Science Fellowship — 2/1/2013

This fellowship program is designed for doctoral students enrolled in an American university who wish to achieve part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory for a period of four to ten months.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Berkeley has its first crop of graduate and undergraduate students in the new the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, which helps financially disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Meet the first three grad students, who hail from Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda.

Center for Latin American Studies

Tinker Field Research Grants — 2/18/2013

Tinker Field Research Grants fund airfare to Latin America for pre-dissertation research and are available to UC Berkeley graduate students from all disciplines.

Switzer Environmental Fellowship — 1/10/2013

The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation specifically seeks innovators and problem-solvers who have the ability, determination, and integrity to become environmental leaders in the 21st century.

Andrew Szeri

A Graduate Division report card, graded by you

We can always count on you to be very frank and thoughtful. We were on tenterhooks waiting for your survey answers to arrive and be compiled, and let out a big sigh of relief when we saw the results.

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2012 at Berkeley: a quick look back

A year with leaping lizards and tailed robots, a $60-million-dollar institute for Berkeley, a theory proven 40 years later, a crucial election, and a transition at the very top of the campus food chain.

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UHS: Learn about the new eTang system and more

UHS will be closed December 22, 2012, to January 1, 2013. Get ready for eTang! Meanwhile, learn about your SHIP coverage, including waiving enrollment and what to do after graduation.

Andrew Szeri

Tell an undergrad about grad school

Sometimes undergraduates need an extra nudge to prompt them to consider applying to graduate school. It could come from you.

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A quick guide to fellowships and grants

Money doesn’t grow on trees. But some of it is in fact available for picking, if you’re willing to invest a bit of effort and persistence.

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ARC Fellows Program grants — 12/7/2012

ARC Fellows are self-nominated interdisciplinary pairs of faculty and grad students pursuing semester-long collaborative projects of their own design.

Emmanuel Saez

Between now and next semester

A short list of important dates, including deadlines for filing thesis and dissertation, for In-Absentia registration, and for nominating faculty members for mentoring honors. Oh, and holidays!

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End-of-semester notes from UHS

If this is your last semester at Cal, your SHIP coverage expires January 14, 2013. Learn what to do next at a November 28 workshop.


Speciesism seminar November 15 and beyond

A series of seminars and public outreach events aimed at inspiring a global dialogue on the relationships of humans to the rest of the natural world.

Berkeley alumni who won 2012 MacArthur Fellowships

Two Berkeley alums win MacArthur Fellowships

Two UC Berkeley alumni, both national leaders in their fields — one in fighting poverty, the other in battling disease — are among the 23 Americans named as this year’s recipients of coveted MacArthur Fellowships.

Social Science Research Council

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program — 11/7/2012

The IDRF offers 9 to 12 months of support. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually for empirical and site-specific research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies.

The GSI Center’s upcoming Workshops on Teaching

These hands-on, practical workshops cover a wide variety of topics related to teaching and the GSI experience at the university level. They’re presented by the Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching and Resource Center.

Academic Services: upcoming workshops on writing

Writing and editing are a large,— but tamable — beast in the lives of many graduate students. Find out how to make them do what you want as you work on your dissertation, grant proposal, and more.

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Two opportunities from University Health Services

Bring the graduate student perspective to Tang Center leaders as a member of the Student Health Advisory Commiittee. Also: a workshop with lots of how-to information about breastfeeding your baby.

Andrew Szeri began serving as Dean of the Graduate Division on July 1st, 2007.

Two words that count: please vote!

My message this time is directed to students who hold U.S. citizenship, and it can be summed up in two words: please vote! A vital first step is registering to vote, and the deadline for that is October 22. Here’s how.

Inspired by the Intersection Between Science and Humanities

Jessica Ling, Ph.D. candidate in English, was awarded the Yoshiko Uchida Endowed Scholarship, which assists Asian graduate students who want to become writers. With the help of her fellowship, Jessica is pursuing research on the nineteenth-century novel.

Andrew Szeri

Welcome, and welcome back, respectively!

Graduate students: whether you’re among the 3,000 newcomers or the 7,000 returnees, here are some tips worth noting, from the Graduate Dean.

Tackling a global health crisis, one toothbrush at a time

A Public Health alumna (and professor), Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, shocked by what junk food had done to young teeth in parts of the world where decay had been nearly unknown, founded a volunteer project that’s now saving smiles in five countries around the world.

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Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

This multi-session two-day conference, now in its 39th year, will be held October 12–13, 2012, at Saint Louis University. The featured speaker, giving a memorial lecture on manuscript studies, will be independent scholar David Ganz, on “The Importance of Half … Continued

SMART participants, Summer 2012

This could be the start of something big

Message from the Dean: What do the afterglow of the Big Bang and the influence of facial hair on 19th-century American presidential politics have in common? The new SMART program, being piloted this summer with graduate students mentoring undergrads in hands-on research.

As others see us: the view through rankings

UC Berkeley wasn’t always what you see today. In 1868, and for some years thereafter, it was just a start-up. Now, after 144 years of climbing and accomplishment, Berkeley is, by a wide spectrum of measures, a world leader. Earlier … Continued

Eric Schmidt

Tips from Berkeley-trained CEOs

Two alumni who happen to be star-quality technology executives came back to Berkeley in May to give graduation speeches. Expect change and profit from it Shantanu Narayen, the CEO of Adobe Systems returned on Saturday, May 19, to address the … Continued

Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships — 10/1/2012

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for its 2013-2016 fellowship competition. Four three-year postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded (one in any discipline represented by the society, one … Continued

Teaching Effectiveness Award recipients 2012

GSI honors for a dozen new ways of helping people learn

These 12 people, in some ways the crème de la crème of this year’s top graduate student instructors, have effectively, and often cleverly, identified, addressed, and documented a teaching problem they encountered and, for the benefit of all, told how they solved it. Read, for instance, how Sonja Schwartz reinvented the bean jar.

The key to totally surprising a mentor: no leaks

So far, nobody’s let the cat out of the bag, so the surprise has been total in every case. Despite Berkeley’s long tradition of protest and California’s reputation for spontaneity, faculty members here simply don’t expect to be interrupted by outsiders while they’re teaching a class.  When it dawns on them that the invasion brings unexpected but happy news for them personally, decorum goes out the window.

UCLA Library

Postdoc opportunity: UCLA Library eScience

With funding from the Council on Library Resources/Digital Library Federation, the UCLA Library has created a new postdoctoral fellow position in data curation. Geared for a recent Ph.D., the new position will be part of the UCLA Library’s eScience team, … Continued

Battelle/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarships

Applications are being accepted through June 2, 2012, for the 2012 Battelle/NOGLSTP Out To Innovate Scholarships. The scholarships, funded at a minimum of $5,000 each, will be awarded for the fall, 2012 academic year.  Students currently enrolled at any U.S.-based college or … Continued

Help determine the Library’s future (by May 31)

Graduate students are important users of the University Library, and University Librarian Tom Leonard wants your input on which ways the Library will change in the next few years. He says “I ask that you take the time to answer … Continued

Andrew Szeri

Mentoring comes of age at Berkeley

Not all aspects of a dean’s job bring smiles; it’s hardly possible to please everyone all the time.  That said, there are events during the year that irresistibly bring a smile to my face, and make a lot of people … Continued

award winners from 2012 Charter Gala

Google’s Eric Schmidt and two other grad alumni receive high Cal Alumni Association honors

The magnitude of what the faculty and the students did back then still makes Schmidt reflective. “The consequence of our research,” says the self-confessed former nerd, with “our” meaning all those physicists and semiconductor-makers and others, “is that another five billion people will join the global conversation. That’s billion with a b.”

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There’s a WHAT on the lawn?

Airport Berkeley An unexpected visitor used the grass outside of Sproul Hall as a landing field one day in early April.  Safely on the ground, the flyer, a full-grown pelican of indeterminate age, ignored the humans streaming by, who were … Continued


Fulbright International Education Administrators Program

Through its short-term seminars, the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program can help U.S. higher education administrators establish lasting connections within the social, cultural, and education systems of other countries. Selected administrators have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the … Continued

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Rotary Scholarship for Graduate Studies

The Rotary Club of Berkeley is accepting applications for the competitive Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship for Graduate Studies.  The grant is $30,000 for graduate-level study or research abroad at a foreign university in specific countries during the 2013-2014 academic … Continued


The Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology

The Social Science Research Council is accepting applications for the Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology.  The prize recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work.  Up to three prizes will be awarded at the Second … Continued

Will you run for Cal on April 15?

I Run 4 Cal is an all-skill-level charity race to encourage donations to campus departments, scholarships, programs, and student groups.  Cal students, staff, and alumni will run (or walk) through Sather Gate and along a five-kilometer course on campus.  The … Continued

stern-wheeler the San Francisco Belle

Party on the bay, stern-wheeler style, April 7

The Graduate Social Club is holding its annual Bay Cruise Saturday, April 7 from 7:30 to 11p.m., aboard the San Francisco Belle, a three-level 292-foot stern-wheeler. The cruise will depart from Pier 3 in San Francisco. DJs, drinks, snacks, and fun! … Continued