The Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity provides up to $31,000 in stipend and in-state tuition and fees to graduate students who demonstrate a high level of academic distinction within the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
The fellowship will support outstanding Ph.D. candidates whose work focuses on Classical antiquity, in particular Greek literature and archaeology. All applicants are required to have passed their oral exams. .
Frank Ratliff created this fellowship fund for Berkeley grad students three years before his death in 2011 at the age of 85. After earning an M.A. in history at Berkeley, he taught English (often using Greek mythology, epic, and tragedy) to generations of Palo Alto high school students, by whom he was well liked, in part for his dry wit (he signed yearbooks with a rubber stamp saying “To my Favorite Student, Sincerely, Frank Ratliff.”). He credited two fellowships he received in the 1980s with reinvigorating his love of the ancient world.