Firebaugh Scholars Program

student presenting their research findings

About the Program

Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars are UC Berkeley undergraduate students who receive funding and academic support to design and complete a faculty-sponsored research project. Over the course of one academic year; Firebaugh scholars are prepared to apply to graduate school and post-baccalaureate opportunities in hopes of continuing to diversify the faculty and researchers at colleges and universities across the United States. The Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars Program is a collaboration between the Office for Graduate Diversity, Graduate Division, Graduate School of Education, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees, and faculty mentors across disciplines at UC Berkeley.

Application Deadline is February 28, 2024.

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2024-2025 Eligibility Check-list

  • Must be enrolled at UC Berkeley for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 (Applicants cannot plan to graduate before May 2025)
  • Firebaugh is open to all levels of students, though we specially encourage juniors, transfers, and seniors to apply
  • Must be available to take a 3 unit research seminar for Firebaugh Scholars only during Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 (Fridays 10:00am to 12:00 pm in person) no exceptions
  • Firebaugh is open to first-generation, low-income, foster youth, transfer, and other students historically underrepresented in higher education but priority will be given to undocumented, foster youth, formerly incarcerated, and system-impacted students who do not have research experience.  
  • Must have a confirmed faculty advisor to apply and complete the faculty agreement form
  • Must have 2 letters of recommendation, 1 must be a faculty reference and second reference can be a GSI or professional staff. Transfers students can use 1 faculty reference from their community college
  • Must be an undergraduate student and demonstrate interest in research and obtaining a graduate degree
  • Must attend an info session in order to apply

Application Instructions

Application opens on: January 9, 2024, 9:00 a.m. Deadline: February 28, 2024 at 9:59 p.m.

The steps below will allow you to create an account, start an application, and log back into your pending application. You may want to bookmark this page. Note that because the application shares the Graduate Admissions platform, some automatic messages may seem to come from Admissions.

  1. Create an account 
    • You must use your Berkeley email address 
  2. A PIN will be emailed to you. Finish creating your account
  3. Start your application
  4. Complete your application and submit before February 28, 2024 9:59 p.m.


For additional information or to set up an informational meeting, contact Jessica Mena Flores at [email protected] or check out our FAQ’s guide

Past Firebaugh Scholar Cohort Presentations