The Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley is inviting doctoral students from UC campuses conducting research on higher education to apply for the yearlong David P. Gardner Seminar. In the 2020-2021 academic year, the seminar participants will meet remotely.

The David P. Gardner seminar builds a community of early-career researchers in higher education within the University of California system. CSHE invites diverse scholars to make presentations on key higher education topics in California, the nation and the world.

Participating graduate students are expected to present their own dissertation work at the seminar and to receive feedback from scholars and fellow graduate students.

  • The seminar provides fellows opportunities to:
  • Engage with a range of disciplines that are related to higher education;
  • Learn from scholars about their current research;
  • Broaden understanding of different research tools and methodologies;
  • Present their own dissertation work; and
  • Explore potential career paths.


The seminar meets every other week for two hours, seven times a semester. In the 2020-2021 academic year, the seminar will meet remotely.


Participants in the seminar are called David P. Gardner Fellows. Upon completion of the seminar, they will receive a $3,000 stipend.


Applications should be directed to George Blumenthal, Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at [email protected]. Priority consideration is given to applications received before June 21, 2020. Space is limited.

In the application please include:

  • Name of UC campus
  • Department
  • Degree program
  • Dissertation advisor
  • Projected date of completion
  • Description of dissertation topic (no more than three pages)
  • Letter of endorsement from dissertation advisor (may be sent separately)
  • Indicate enrollment status for 2020-2021

Please note that the number of stipends available are limited. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be considered as they are received.

For more information, visit the Gardner Seminar page on the Center for Studies in Higher Education website.