The Institute of International Studies is accepting applications for the John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies.

All UC Berkeley graduate students in good standing who will formally advance to candidacy (will have satisfied all requirements of the Ph.D. except the dissertation) by the Fall of the fellowship term, may apply. Funds will not be available until the student has advanced to candidacy. Students must be registered with Graduate Division for their award term.

Students are eligible for support regardless of previous fellowships from other sources. The award amount is at the discretion of the committee. Requests for tuition and fee costs as separate items will not be considered.

Deadline to apply is March 18, 2019. For more information and the application, see the John L. Simpson Memorial Research website.

This research fellowship is a memorial to John L. Simpson to support research in comparative studies that analyzes similarities and differences among societies and states, with respect to social, cultural, political, and economic structures and policies, including patterns of these relationships in global and transnational systems. During his long, illustrious career, Mr. Simpson was awarded the two highest honors bestowed by the University: the Gold Medal for Outstanding Scholar in 1913 and, at Charter Day in 1960, a Doctor of Laws degree for his many years of distinguished public service. This included prominent participation in American relief efforts in Europe during and after World War I, service with a State Department mission to the Allied Control commission in Italy during the later stages of World War II, and early membership in the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and the Foreign Policy Association. Mr. Simpson served as President of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and was decorated by the French Legion of Honor and the Belgian Order of the Crown. Within the broad category of international/comparative studies, the Institute of International Studies has identified five topics that take priority.