The University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship is open to doctoral students who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research; with backgrounds, life experiences, and/or work that contribute to diversity; and who are in their final year of dissertation work.

UC Berkeley is committed to recognizing and rewarding student’s contributions to diversifying the academy during their graduate careers and beyond. The purpose of this fellowship award is to provide funding to diverse doctoral students that allow them to prioritize and focus on completing the dissertation. Fellows will receive a $20,500 stipend, payment of in-state fees, a travel allowance, and a $3,000 bonus for early dissertation filing. The deadline for all materials to be submitted is Monday, March 5, 2018. Award notifications will be made in April.


  • Must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, or be AB540-eligible.
  • Must be advanced to doctoral candidacy and completed two dissertation chapters or the equivalent, as confirmed by dissertation chair.
  • Must show adequate progress towards degree, as certified by their dissertation chair.
  • Must be enrolled in an academic doctoral program (professional programs are not eligible).

The Graduate Division requests nominations from departments by March 5, 2018. Learn more about the requirements by accessing the application form and the other required forms.

For more information, contact Michael Sacramento, or by phone at (510) 642-7739.