Enrich the Graduate Student Experience

We take great pride in ensuring that Berkeley’s 13,000+ graduate students, who represent more than 120 countries and all 50 states, have a full yet balanced experience during their time here.


Graduate Student Experience Fund

Your gift in support of the Graduate Student Experience Fund is an investment in human and financial resources that facilitate:

Professional Development

  • practical professional development and life skills resources — online and in person activities that help students succeed during graduate studies and beyond;
  • explore career options.

Graduate Student Life

  • work-life balance — to counter student self-reported impediments to wellness, including social and financial supports for parenting and family life; and,
  • community connections — social and cultural activities that enhance psychological and physical well-being, including events and initiatives that enhance community connections, well-being, and resilience.

A groundbreaking survey of Berkeley Ph.D. alums spanning 40 years revealed that many students, particularly those in science and engineering, have for many years chosen careers outside of academia. Your support for our Graduate Professional Development work helps students recognize potential career paths, set and achieve professional development goals, and build skills vital to careers in education, industry, government, and more.

Our partners include the Graduate Assembly,  Career Center, Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs, the Graduate Division’s own Graduate Writing Center, Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center,  and Student Mentoring And Research Teams (SMART).

Get in touch!

If you’re considering a gift to support graduate students, please reach out to us! We’d love to discuss current opportunities with you and how your gift can make the most impact.

Contact Liz Moress, Executive Director for Development, at (510) 643-5043 or [email protected].