Listed chronologically by deadline date. Resources provided by the Graduate Services: Fellowships office.

Previously listed with specific links to information

in October:

  • Language Flagship [1/12/12]
  • Whitaker [1/23/12] 
  • Boren [1/31/12]
  • Udall  Environmental [2/24/12]
  • CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program [deadlines vary by CSU campus]

in November:

  • Smithsonian [1/15/12]
  • Switzer Environmental  [1/15/12]
  • California Sea Grant [1/20/12]
  • Philip Brett LBGT Fellowship  [1/31/12]
  • Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge Lab

New Listings:


Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the one-year 2012 Symantec Fellowship for graduate students pursuing innovative research related to information security, availability, and integrity.  A stipend of up to $25,000 is provided, and comes with an opportunity to work alongside Symantec researchers. Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage, and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, the firm has operations in more than 50 countries.  Applications and further information are available online.  Completed applications and supporting materials nest be received no later than 8 a.m. pacific time on January 9, 2012.

Prateek Saxena

Prateek Saxena, a Berkeley Ph.D. student in computer science, was one of three recipients internationally for the Symantec Research Graduate Fellowship in 2011.  Interested in computer security, program analysis, formal methods, and operating systems, he is advised by EECS associate professor Dawn Song, who is herself a Berkeley grad alumna (Ph.D. 2002) and in 2010 received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Fellowships

These fellowships are available to new or recent doctoral graduates in diverse areas of research, among them:

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  • applied ocean physics and engineering;
  • biology;
  • marine chemistry and geochemistry;
  • geology and geophysics;
  • physical oceanography.

WHOI anticipates that it will award a fellowship to support research associated with each of its institutes, the Coastal Ocean Institute, the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, the Ocean and Climate Change Institute, and the Ocean Life Institute. Each fellowship recipient is encouraged to pursue his or her own research interests in association with a member of the resident staff, and is provided with office and laboratory space in close proximity to the staff sponsor/advisor. The stipend is $56,500 per year for an 18-month appointment, plus a relocation allowance. Application and further information are available through the WHOI postdoctoral programs web pages. Completed applications will be accepted up to January 15, 201.

A similar postdoctoral fellowship, resident at WHOI, is offered by the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR), which is a teaming of institutions including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a consortium of academic partners. The successful candidate will choose a research project related to CINAR and interact closely with NOAA-funded investigators and NOAA laboratories. The stipend is $56,500 per year for an 18-month appointment, plus a relocation allowance. Application and further information are available through the WHOI postdoctoral programs web pages. Completed applications will be accepted up to January 15, 2012.

Founder Region Fellowship

soroptimist logoThe mission of this fellowship is to advance the status of women in fields that have great social importance or in which women are under-represented. Its endowment fund offers fellowships for women enrolled in a graduate school within the boundary of Founder Region (as UC Berkeley is) and who are in the last year of their doctoral program. These grants-in-aid assist women in the completion of their doctoral degrees. Competition is open to any outstanding graduate woman who is a citizen of a nation with membership in Soroptimist International and who is working toward a doctoral degree, preferably in the last year of study but permissibly during the last two years, provided she has advanced to candidacy. Fellowship application forms are available on the Founder Region website. Applications must be postmarked not later than January 15, 2012.

Founder Region is so named because the Alameda County Soroptimist Club, the nucleus of what grew to be Soroptimist International, met and was chartered in Oakland in 1921. There are now 65 clubs in this original region alone, and more all over the world (3,000 in 120 countries and territories). The founding president of that first club (and therefore of the entire Soroptimist organization) was Violet Richardson Ward, who enrolled at Cal in 1911, graduated with a degree in physical culture (later called physical education), earned a masters here in 1916, taught at Berkeley and other local colleges briefly, then was hired by the Berkeley School District and taught there for 41 years. The 80 members who chartered that new club in 1921 and elected Ward also chose the groups name, Soroptimist, a word coined from the Latin soro (women) and optima (best), and they also came up with the motto thats still in use: Best for women.

Clark Investment in Community Graduate Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation Investment in Community Graduate Fellowship. Up to $10,000 per academic year is awarded to students currently enrolled full time in a graduate program who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Applicants must be directly connected to the Monterey Peninsula and intend to return to or remain connected through work and/or residence and community service. The Clark Foundation was incorporated in 1953 and has provided community service for more than half a century. Its founders were pioneers in the field of educational testing and research who started the California Test Bureau (now known as CTB/McGraw-Hill) in 1926. The fellowship may be renewed annually, but subsequent awards may be smaller than the initial award. Applications are due January 31, 2012. More information is available online.

Trevor Fogg, now an optometrist practicing in Monterey, was a 2004 Clark Fellow. On the Clark website, he recalls that “the fellowshipfrom the Clark Foundation was very helpful during my second year of optometry school as the burden of loans from a four-year professional school (even a public one) is immense.”


Pursuit Award

The annual Pursuit Award is presented by the Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, bloorview logoOntario, Canada’s largest hospital of its kind. The award emphasis this year is Health Research. Doctoral-program universities may each nominate one candidate who has successfully defended a Ph.D. thesis on a topic linked with childhood disability research. Up to three prizes will be awarded ($7,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively for first, second, and third places, plus travel and accommodation costs for the award ceremony in Toronto). The nomination deadline is February 1, 2012. More information is available at the hospital’s website.

Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Fellowships

The Berkeley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha CA, announces its Graduate Fellowships for the 2011-12 academic year. These awards are for students who have exhausted other sources of funding as they enter the final stage of their endeavor. Please email ( the campus Phi Beta Kappa office to request an electronic application: Or you may pick up a hard copy of the application from the office at M14 Wheeler. The application deadline is February 29, 2012.

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