Campuswide multi-year fellowships

Through its annual fellowship competition for incoming students, the Graduate Division offers multi-year awards to recruit doctoral students of outstanding achievement and potential, including those who will enhance the diversity of the graduate student population at Berkeley.

Applicants are considered for departmental nomination automatically by the departmental admissions committee; a separate fellowship application is not required. Recipients of these prestigious fellowships receive an award letter from the Graduate Division, which provides more details on the award and fellowship terms. They will also receive a separate communication from their department regarding how the award will impact their departmental support.

Berkeley offers several prestigious multi-year awards for the most highly qualified entering doctoral students, including: 

  • Berkeley Graduate Fellowships, awarded to outstanding applicants to doctoral programs in all fields;
  • Chancellor’s Fellowships and Cota Robles Fellowships, all fields; for applicants who will enhance the diversity of the graduate student population at Berkeley;
  • Mellon Graduate Student Excellence Fellowships (humanities and history)
  • Regents’ Fellowships, awarded to exceptional applicants to doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences who are planning a career in university teaching and research. 
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowships, awarded to highly talented science and engineering doctoral students.

Humanities and Social Sciences multi-year packages include:

  • 2 years covered by Graduate Division (full fees plus stipend for the academic year and summer)
  • 2 years covered by department through a combination of fellowships, GSI (teaching) or GSR (research) appointments, including fees and a salary
  • 1 year of Doctoral Completion Fellowship from Graduate Division, including full fees plus stipend (contingent on timely progress to degree)

Sciences and Engineering multi-year packages include:

  • 2 years covered by Graduate Division (full fees plus stipend for the academic year and summer)
  • 3 years covered by department through a combination of fellowships, GSI (teaching) or GSR (research) appointments, including fees and a salary

Other Specialized Endowments and Award Programs:

  • Rosalie M. Stern Continuing Education Award, is awarded to women in a graduate degree program who have made a significant contribution of a volunteer nature to community, state or national public interest.
  • Taiwan – UC Berkeley Fellowships – awarded to Taiwanese students of outstanding talent in their pursuit of doctoral study at UC Berkeley. Newly admitted students who have applied to and been approved by the Ministry of Education’s Department of International and Cross-strait Education (DICE) are eligible.
  • Ning Fellowship – awarded to graduate students from China to broaden their knowledge and skills not only for themselves, but also for the betterment of society as a whole.

These multi-year awards are offered to doctoral students of outstanding achievement and potential through a highly competitive selection process conducted by a campus-wide faculty committee.

Stipends range from $22,000 to $34,000 per academic year for one to three years, in addition to departmental support years which can add at least two years of support in the form of fellowships and/or research or teaching assistantships.

  • All university awards include in-state tuition as well as health, vision, and dental care benefits.
  • Nonresident supplemental tuition is paid for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non AB-540 undocumented students with DACA only in the first year of the fellowship, if needed.
  • For international students, nonresident supplemental tuition is included for all years of their fellowship tenure.
  • Many awards include a summer stipend.
  • Some awards are not deferrable.
  • All awards are competitive, based on merit, and offered to doctoral students of outstanding achievement.
  • Yearly renewal of all multi-year awards is based on continued academic excellence.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, international students, and undocumented students (AB-540 or non AB-540 w/DACA) are eligible

To be considered, you must submit your application for admission and fellowships by the departmental deadline.

Other sources of graduate student support for entering and continuing students

Departmental multi-year packages

Departmental packages may include funding from various sources, such as block grants, departmental fellowships, and Graduate Student Instructor and Graduate Student Researcher appointments.

Continuing students may also apply for financial support from the Graduate Division, including:

  • Mentored Research Awards
  • UC Dissertation Awards
  • Privately-sponsored fellowship programs
  • Summer Grants
  • Conference Travel Grants
  • Parent Grants