The Pre-Dissertation Research Grant in International Studies supports UC Berkeley graduate students who will not formally advance to candidacy by the Fall of the fellowship term. Grants are intended to support travel, lodging, and research-related expenditures for graduate students who are conducting research away from campus. After completing their projects, grant recipients are required to submit a one-page report and give a brief presentation of their work at the IIS Pre-Dissertation Graduate Student Conference held at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Application Details

Eligible students must submit an application that includes:

  • A description of the proposed research (up to two pages);
  • A CV (up to two pages);
  • A one-page budget plan;
  • A list of all other sources of financial support for the academic year (including summer);
  • An unofficial UC Berkeley transcript;
  • The name of one faculty member who is willing to serve as a reference, preferably the dissertation adviser or presumptive adviser.


Open to any full-time, registered, UC Berkeley graduate student who will not formally advance to candidacy by the Fall of the fellowship term. Preference will be given to research proposals that are clearly focused on international studies, as described here. Students who are not sure if their project counts as international studies are encouraged to apply, and may also consider fellowship funding from GIAS.

Students from all departments are eligible.

Applicants can receive a maximum of one IIS grant per year.

Award Amount

Up to $5000.

Application Deadline

March 15, 2022

The application webform can be found HERE.