Departmental Awards and Fellowships
Block Grant Fellowships
1. For first year graduate students, awarded with admission to the Ph.D. program.
2. For travel support to give a paper at a conference. Ongoing
3. For summer stipends to take an intensive language course, conduct research or prepare for the qualifying examination. Application deadline: early February.
Max Kade Fellowship
Awarded to a first year graduate student with admission
Max Kade Summer Fellowship
Several awards are available each summer to support graduate students who plan to attend an intensive German language program in Germany.
Outstanding GSI Award
Each year the department gives two awards in recognition of outstanding teaching in the German language program. Candidates for the award can be nominated by students, fellow GSIs, and faculty members. Announced in early February.
For a scholarly paper on German language, literature, culture, or Germanic linguistics, written since April the previous year. Announced in early March.
Graduate Division Fellowships & Grants
Detailed information and applications are available at the Graduate Division Fellowship Office or via the Graduate Division website.
The Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF)
The DCF program involves the following activities:
- Predissertational research and writing in departmental research seminars.
- Two required advanced research papers in the literature & culture QE (Ph.D. Qualifying Examination), frequently related to later dissertation work.
- Linguistic research papers and fieldwork feeding QE formulation of dissertation project.
- Prospectus Conference with the dissertation committee, required by the end of the semester after the QE.
- Regular meetings with the dissertation director throughout the year.
- Regular discussion of chapter drafts with the dissertation director and with dissertation committee members.
- Annual required conference with at least two Ph.D. dissertation committee members.
- Annual required report to Graduate Division on progress in candidacy in the doctoral program.
- Student research presentations in our Noon Colloquium series.
- Participation in dissertation writing workshops available on campus.
- Conference presentations nationally and internationally, e.g. in the context of the Vienna/Tübingen/Harvard/Berkeley graduate research and conference group, with one annual conference; at the annual Semiotic Circle of California meeting, and at the biennial Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable conference.
Conference Travel Grants
Awards to allow students to attend professional conferences. Applicants must be in the final stages of their graduate work and planning to present a paper on their dissertation research at the conference they are attending. Ongoing
Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Dissertation-Year Award
For Graduate Opportunity Program fellows who are in or approaching their final dissertation research/writing year and who are also within their department’s Normative Time. The award provides a $15,000 stipend plus registration fees for one year only and is intended to help GOP fellows complete their dissertation in their final year of study. Ongoing
Graduate Division Summer Grant (formerly Humanities Research Grant)
Designed to provide financial assistance to doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools during the summer months. October deadline.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards: One-Year Awards and Summer Awards
Enables students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents to acquire a high level of competence in one or more foreign languages. Fellowships are awarded to students in modern foreign language and area studies, with priority given to students in the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields. For academic year awards, entering students must submit the combined Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships by the departmental deadline. Continuing students should pick up an application and apply directly to the Graduate Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall, by February 2. Summer FLAS applications also are available at that office and are due by March 1.
Listed below are Graduate Division-administered fellowship awards for continuing students. Full descriptions, including award amounts, eligibility details, deadlines and applications, can be found online. NOTE: Departments nominate continuing graduate students for the following awards, and applications must be submitted to the student’s department.
Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year Fellowships
For outstanding students in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must be advanced to candidacy at the time of the award and expect to finish their dissertations during the fellowship year. The Graduate Division requests nominations from departments in the spring semester.
Mentored Research Award
Gives academically promising graduate students the opportunity to do research that they would not be able to do otherwise and helps develop and strengthen their working relationships with faculty advisers. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident whose background and life experiences enhance the diversity within the department or discipline. The Graduate Division requests nominations from departments in the spring semester.
University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship
Awarded to eligible graduate students whose doctoral work will be completed by the end of the program and who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident whose background and life experiences enhance the level of diversity within the department or discipline. The Graduate Division requests nominations from departments in the spring semester.
Other Berkeley Award Programs
Bancroft Library Study Awards
Awarded to outstanding continuing students enrolled at any University of California campus who plan to conduct advanced research on a subject for which source materials are available in the Bancroft Library. Applications are available at the Administrative Office of the Bancroft Library, (510) 642-3781, or online.
Institute of International Studies (IIS) Fellowships
Funding for UC Berkeley graduate students conducting various pre-dissertation and dissertation research projects that explore social science issues on an international scale.
Townsend Center Fellowship for dissertation writing
For dissertation research to support graduate students who will be advanced to candidacy by June.
Berkeley Language Center Fellowship
Travel Grant to attend a conference.
This is a partial list of extramural and University fellowships. For more information on these and other fellowships awarded by government agencies, foundations, and corporations, contact the Graduate Fellowships Office.
Fulbright IIE and Other Grants for Graduate Study Abroad
Applicants must be U.S. citizens holding a B.A. degree or equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Provides round-trip travel, tuition, books, and stipend for one academic year. Approximately 900 awards are available for study in over 70 countries. Applies to course work, master’s or dissertation research. See the Fulbright IIE website for more information.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Grants
For full-time dissertation research overseas in modern foreign language and area studies by U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Funding is for 6 to 12 months. Grants are not awarded for projects focusing on Western Europe or for research in countries where the U.S. has no diplomatic representation. See the Fulbright-Hays website for more information.
DAAD for Study in Germany
For Berkeley undergraduate seniors, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers (2 years or less beyond the Ph.D.) to undertake up to 10 months study and research in Germany during the 2004-2005 academic year. See the DAAD website for more information.
Humboldt Research Fellowship (also summer research fellowships)
For scholars in the humanities who hold a doctoral degree and have sufficient German proficiency to conduct the proposed research. Visit the Humboldt-Foundation site for more information.
The Berlin Program Fellowship
The program accepts applications from U.S. nationals or permanent residents who are full-time graduate students in the social sciences or humanities and who have completed all coursework required for the Ph.D. Also eligible are Ph.D.’s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Awards
U.S. citizens who are affiliated full time with a North American college or university are eligible for academic exchange programs in Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Mongolia.
Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Field Research
This fellowship offers support for field research to doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences in all areas and regions of the world. See the SSRC website for more information.
Partial List of Additional Extramural FellowshipsAmerican Association of
University Women (AAUW) Fellowships
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships
Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowships
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Woodrow Wilson Fellowships
Hispanic Scholarship Fund