Deadlines and application materials for Berkeley, Graduate Division, and extramural fellowships can be found below. Incoming students are eligible to apply for Fellowships for Entering Students.

To learn more, explore our Guide to Fellowships and Grants.

Fellowships Deadline
Mentored Research Award | Application Guidelines (PDF)
Gives academically promising graduate students in academic Ph.D. programs an opportunity to conduct pre-doctoral research while developing and strengthening relationships with faculty advisers. Must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or AB540-eligible students whose backgrounds, life experiences, and/or work contribute to diversity. Students must be nominated by their academic department.  Once nominated, applications must be submitted by March 4, 2019 through Tango.
March 4, 2019
University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship | Application Guidelines (PDF)
Open to graduate students in academic Ph.D. programs who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research, and who are in their final year of dissertation work. Must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or AB540-eligible students whose backgrounds, life experiences, and/or work contribute to diversity. Students must be nominated by their academic department.  Once nominated, applications must be submitted by March 4, 2019 through Tango.
March 4, 2019
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 fellowship program available to students in participating graduate programs who entered in Fall 2010 or later, who meet eligibility requirements, and who agree to the terms outlined in the Doctoral Degrees Policy, F3.1. For DCF eligibility questions, please check with your department.
Before beginning of semester in which you want to use the award.
Conference Travel Grants
Academic masters (M.A. & M.S.) and all doctoral students may apply for funding to attend professional conferences; however, students in professional degree programs are not eligible. Grant amounts will depend on the location of the conference (up to $600 within California, $900 elsewhere in North America, including Canada and Mexico, and $1,500 outside of North America). Master’s students are eligible for only one conference travel grant per academic career. Doctoral students are eligible for two grants per academic career, regardless of how many degrees they earn.To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  1. Be registered for the term in which they are planning to attend the conference, which also includes payment of fees/tuitions. Note: students on filing fee are not eligible.
  2. Be in good academic standing.
  3. Be presenting a paper or poster at the conference.
At least three weeks before date of travel
Graduate Division Student Parent Grant (PDF) July 1, 2019
The David N. Keightley Fellowship
The David N. Keightley Fellowship will provide support for high-achieving graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Recipients shall be graduate students whose work focuses on China and/or Chinese subjects, with a strong preference for those whose research emphasis is on Neolithic to the Han dynasty period. This may include Chinese language, archaeology, art history and/or history. The fellowship is in the amount of around $2,000, and it may be used for, but not limited to, summer research, travel, conference attendance, and fellowship support.
April 15, 2019


Bay Area Water Quality Fellowship
The fellowship is open 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 in 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 for organisms within the San Francisco Bay estuary to selenium, metals, and/or organic chemicals
  • other research that involves the effect of pollution on the San Francisco Bay estuary and/or its ecosystem.

Recipients will receive $15,000 for the Fall 2019 semester.  The award can be used as a payment for registration fees and/or stipend.

March 15, 2019


Paul J. Alexander Memorial Fellowship
Designed to provide funding support for advanced Berkeley graduate students who are studying Byzantine, ancient, or medieval history. Students of Byzantine history are given first preference unless an applicant in ancient or medieval history is markedly superior, in which case the award will be given to the most qualified applicant. One award of $3,500 will be made in Summer 2019. A student can receive this award only once during his or her academic career.
April 15, 2019


Elizabeth Roboz Einstein Fellowship
This fellowship provides funding support for 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. This $3,000 award will be made in Spring 2018.
November 3, 2017

(Application opens in early fall)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards
The Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards 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 will apply for the FLAS through the Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships by the departmental deadline. Continuing students will apply through TANGO.
January 30, 2019
Sydney Ehrman Fellowship
Open to candidates in any field of study who wish to study at King’s College in Cambridge and have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from UC Berkeley or have a bachelor’s degree from Yale University (the degree must be completed before the beginning of the fall semester). 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. Stipend of up to $30,000 for one year of study.
February 22, 2019


Philip Brett LGBT Studies Fellowship
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 adviser is required. Recipients will receive $3,500 for the Spring 2019 semester.
March 15, 2019


The Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity
The Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity provides up to $31,000 in stipend and in-state tuition and fees 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 archaeology. All applicants are required to have passed their oral exams.
March 15, 2019


Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Fellowship
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. Up to five awards will be offered this spring in the amount of about $1,000 each. Preference given to students who are close to graduation.
April 1, 2019
Albert Newman Fellowship for Visually-Impaired Students
Award for substantially visually-impaired graduate students who demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need. This award is for the 2018-19 academic year and will be approximately $4,000.
March 15, 2018

(Application opens in early spring)

Dr. and Mrs. James C.Y. Soong Fellowship
Provides financial support for graduate students from Taiwan who are enrolled full-time at the University of California, Berkeley, in any field of study.
March 28, 2019


Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship |  qualifying map
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.
May 23, 2019



UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Student Fellowships
In support of the University of California’s commitment to a smoke and tobacco free UC and its critical role in developing research, public health and policy solutions for the rapidly evolving “smoking” landscape, the UC Systemwide Smoke and Tobacco Free Task force is soliciting applications for four fellowships of $12,000 each. These fellowships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research or projects aimed at reducing the health hazards of smoke and tobacco on campuses.
See website

Other UC Berkeley Award Programs

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
Chowdhury Fellowships
We are pleased to announce the establishment of two new graduate scholarships for which all Berkeley admitted incoming and current graduate students are eligible. Each fellowship is in the amount of $7500. The focus of all fellowships is the country and region of Bangladesh. Any student whose program of training and research significantly involves the study of contemporary Bangladesh, or historical work in the regions of India and Pakistan that would later become Bangladesh, is eligible, as is any student who does comparative or transnational work in which Bangladesh and its region form a central component.
See website
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.
See website.
Institute of East Asian Studies Fellowships

The Centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Silk Road Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) announce their 2019-2020 fellowship competitions for UC Berkeley continuing graduate students in East Asian studies. Students may apply to only one of the five Center/Institute competitions, so should carefully consider which one best suits their needs. See the IEAS website for further details.

See website.
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 the June preceding the academic year of their fellowship. More information, including application materials, are available online.
See website.
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.
See website.
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.
See website.
Graduate Student Community Engagement Fellowships
The Berkeley Food Institute is launching its first annual competition for graduate students to partner with domestic sustainable food systems organizations. Applications will be considered based on the strengths of their proposed projects and alignment with one or more of BFI’s thematic areas: Sustainable Agriculture and Ecosystems, Society and Culture, Economics and Business, Policy and Justice. Three fellowships of $4000 will be awarded and fellows will complete at least 8 weeks of full-time service.
See website.
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Graduate Fellows Program
For UC Berkeley doctoral students who have completed at least three years of graduate study and who are writing their dissertation on social change in the United States. Provides up to two years of training and funding, with a $14,000/year stipend..

See website.

Greater Good Science Center Graduate Fellowships
Open to UC Berkeley graduate students whose research touches the following themes of interest to the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley: 1) The Biological Underpinnings of Pro-social Emotion. 2) The Context and Cultivation of Social Well-Being. 3) Pro-social values, Health, and Community. Grant awards up to $15,000. Full information and application form here.
See website.
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.)
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.
See website.
Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction
The Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of California Chapter is now accepting graduate fellowship applications for the 2018-19 academic year. Members of Phi Beta Kappa who are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. Recipients will be selected by the Chapter’s Fellowship Committee and awards will be announced in mid-April. To apply, visit
Please contact with questions.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Extramural Fellowships

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
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program
The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.
November 15, 2018
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.
See website.
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 8, 2018
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. For more information, please click here or contact the campus representative, Alicia Hayes.
See website
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.
March 13, 2019
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; website.
See website.
DAAD for Study and/or for Research in Germany
For Berkeley undergraduate seniors, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to undertake study and/or research in Germany. Contact the Graduate Fellowships office for campus instructions:
October 21, 2019 (Campus Deadline)
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.  Check website for 2018 application.
See website
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 been granted DACA status); 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.
See website.
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, 2020. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.
See website
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 $24,000 stipend.
See website
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.
See website.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
For 12 months of full-time dissertation research and writing on ethical or religious values.
See website.
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.
See website.
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 $25,000 stipend.
See website
National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship
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 minorities. NPSC Fellows will receive one or two paid summer internships, as well as tuition, fees, and stipends for up to six years.
See website.
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.
See website.
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship | Application (PDF)
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships are to be awarded only to candidates who have outstanding undergraduate records, have demonstrated a need for financial assistance, are citizens of the United States of America, are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in the United States and have received baccalaureate degrees. Applicants must be enrolled UC Berkeley graduate students.  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. Students with the potential to utilize three years of funding will be given priority over students who would only use one year of funding. This fellowship provides fees and tuition as well as an $18,000 annual living stipend, and is renewable for up to three years of total support. Applications must be submitted to Berkeley’s Graduate Services: Fellowships office (318 Sproul Hall) by the campus deadline.  For more information, contact Graduate Fellowships
January 7, 2019
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. For more information, call the Executive Secretary at 408-293-9952.
Mid January
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. See IES’ site for 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
See website
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 only be pursued in that country. A stipend of $25,300 will be provided for one academic year to cover the cost of travel, educational fees, and living expenses in France.
March 15, 2019
National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The National Institute of Justice seeks to increase the pool of scholars engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at state and local levels. There are two track available: the Social and Behavioral Sciences and STEM tracks. The program offers up to three years of funding as well as annual stipends to cover tuition, fees, and research expenses.
See website
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.
See website
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. There is a UC Berkeley campus deadline that is often earlier than the posted deadline. Visit the UC Berkeley Fulbright page for more information.
August 28, 2019