Demystifying and Illuminating the Ph.D. Journey

Built on learnings from the Berkeley Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty, the Path to the Professoriate (P2P) Program engages first-year Ph.D. students from underrepresented backgrounds in workshops and structured activities around illuminating the route to assistant professorship in their discipline and establishing and building a publication pipeline.

UC Berkeley eliminates GRE test requirement for vast majority of graduate programs

Only 13 of UC Berkeley’s more than 125 graduate programs have elected to require the GRE for this year’s admission cycle. While most departments eliminated GRE requirements last year due to concerns about access in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of Berkeley’s departments again chose to forgo requiring GRE as part of a broader movement recognizing the GRE as a weak predictor of graduate student success.

Tips for Finding Housing in Berkeley

One of the first challenges facing new Cal students is finding a place to call home, whether on- or off-campus. Cal Housing has some tips and suggestions that can help with your search.

Join the Graduate Division as we #GoBigforGrads during this year’s Big Give! 

On Thursday, March 11, UC Berkeley’s annual 24-hour fundraising campaign kicks off and we could use your help. Big Give, designed to celebrate all that makes Berkeley special, provides thousands of alumni, current students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends an opportunity to show some school spirit and support Cal for years to come.

Your Guide to Fellowships and Grants

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.

15 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors Receive Teaching Effectiveness Award

Previously announced this May, 374 Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) were recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (OGSI) Award, and were recognized for their exemplary teaching by the Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching & Resource Center. For the full list of the award recipients, visit this link. 

2020 Faculty Mentor Awards

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (FMA) honors members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown an…

Welcome to the Graduate Division, Dr. Denzil Streete

I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Denzil Streete to the Graduate Division as our new Chief of Staff & Assistant Dean for Diversity, beginning July 27th. Denzil joins Berkeley from Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he was Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity.

Berkeley International Office Reminders and COVID Updates

The Berkeley International Office would like to share some modified end-of-semester reminders, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions regarding current or prospective international students. BIO staff have been working closely with Graduate Student Affairs Officers to communicate ongoing updates and information.

Boren Fellowships — 1/30/2020

The Boren Fellowships are designed to give graduate students maximum flexibility to pursue their academic goals alongside their study of the target language.…

Staff Profile: Marshall Glaze Q&A

Marshall Glaze recently started in the Graduate Division as the Content and Social Media Manager. Learn about his path to Berkeley and what he's looking forward to in his first six months.

I-House Story: The World Is My Family

In my time at International House, I have learned more about perspective, policy, geopolitics, culture, economics, climate change, engineering, and language than in any other span of time.

Staff Highlight: Sarah Acosta Q&A

Read about about Sarah's dedication to fostering an open and supportive community for all graduate students, her journey to Cal, and why she can't leave this time.

Renting 101 with the Berkeley Rent Board

Did you know that the Berkeley Rent Board offers free education and counseling to inform the public about your rights as tenants in a crowded housing market? Their website and counselors can arm you with the information you need to advocate for your interests and get the most out of your living situation.

Invitation: 4th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Division of Student Affairs has partnered with The Graduate Hotel to host the 4th Annual Community Dinner for Cal students and their families who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Cal students and their families who are unable to travel home for the holidays are invited to register.

Meet the Berkeley Ombuds

Marcia Gee Riley and Zackary Hull discuss the purpose of the Ombuds Office, the highs and lows of their roles, and how graduate students can utilize the office to discuss concerns, learn about resources, or discover new methods for dealing with personal or professional conflicts.

Rethinking the Graduate Student ‘Culture of Busyness’

The graduate school experience can be a prime example of hustle culture — a place full of smart, ambitious people each trying to optimize their way through their degree to get to where they’re going next, or in many cases, just make ends meet. There is an unspoken rule that in order to be successful, you have to be putting in the work, and the best way to show that is by putting in long hours.