Firebaugh Scholars Program

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About the Program

The Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars Program is a collaboration between the Office for Graduate Diversity, Graduate Division, Graduate School of Education, the Chancellors Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees, and faculty mentors across disciplines at UC Berkeley. Firebaugh Scholars are UC Berkeley undergraduate students who receive funding and academic support to design and complete an independent faculty-sponsored research project over the course of one academic year; we also prepare scholars 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.

2023-2024 Academic Year Eligibility

Firebaugh Scholars must:

  • Plan to graduate in May 2024 or later
  • Be undocumented, formerly incarcerated, and/or system-impacted
  • Demonstrate interest in research and pursuing graduate school
  • Provide a complete application, including a brief research proposal and two letters of recommendation, and be enrolled at UC Berkeley and available to take a 1-unit P/NP research seminar (Fridays 10am-12pm)
  • Recruitment period: Early January

For additional information or to set up an informational meeting, contact Jessica Mena Flores at