College of Letters & Science Graduate Fellowships

Divisions of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

Graduate Fellowships 2021-22

Graduate Student In Regalia Walking Past Tree to Commencement

Eligibility

Each eligible department in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences may nominate one student per fellowship. Preference will be given to recruiting outstanding incoming students who have not received fellowship support from the campus.  Additional eligibility guidelines are included in the fellowship descriptions below.

Grant Provision

Funds will be allocated to departments following award payments to students on a quarterly basis. Units may make awards in any combination of tuition, fees, or stipend at the department’s discretion.  The fellowship funds may only be used for the student named and will be forfeited if the student loses eligibility to receive fellowship funding or withdraws from campus for any reason. Awards made for the 2021-22 academic year should be spent by August 31, 2022. Deferrals may be considered by exception.

Application Deadline

Complete submissions for the 2021/22 cycle are due Friday, March 5, 2021. Awards will be announced by April 15, 2021.

 

Submission Guidelines

All required documents, including supplemental materials, should be submitted as a single PDF.

For incoming students, please submit a copy of the PDF application download from SLATE (including a nomination letter, statement of purpose, GRE scores if available, and letters of recommendation).  A copy of the letter submitted for other campus fellowships is preferred; new letters are not required.

For continuing students, please submit a PDF file containing a copy of the student's Berkeley transcript and a nomination letter from the department chair or graduate adviser which includes specifics on the support the student currently has and what is being requested.

Available Fellowships 2021/22

The Gan Aston Fellowship Fund

The purpose of this fellowship is to support high-achieving students whose research focuses on the economic and/or social history of China or Chinese communities abroad since 1750. 

Additional Submission Requirements:

Department Chairs should submit letters of nomination (up to three per department).  Each nomination should include:

  • The amount of support the chair recommends
  • The project/purpose for which the funds are intended

The Catherine and William L. Magistretti Graduate Fellowship

The Magistretti Fellowship provides support to graduate students proposing to conduct research in the broad area of the languages, cultures, history, and societies of all the Asian Continent, including the Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Central Asia. Because the departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures, South and Southeast Asian Studies, and Near Eastern Studies have dedicated Magistretti endowments, students in these three departments are not eligible to receive support from these funds. The amount of each Magistretti Fellowship will range from $20,000 to $40,000, depending on availability of funds and the number of awards made.

The Metro New York Leaders’ Fellowship Fund

All incoming and continuing graduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are from the New York Metro area are eligible. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide support for a graduate student from the New York metropolitan area and link the CAL community in metro New York with Berkeley’s reputation for academic excellence by creating “Ambassadors” from varied social science disciplines. The amount of the award will be determined by the annual payout of endowment; in past years the distribution has varied from $15,000 to $20,000. 

Additional Submission Requirements:

Department Chairs should submit letters of nomination to the dean.  Each nomination should include:

  • The nominee’s potential to act as an Ambassador for Cal
  • The specific area of the Metro NY Area where the nominee was raised or completed an undergraduate degree.
  • The student’s current year & field of study (or, intended field, if incoming)

The Barbara and Arnold Silverman Graduate Fellowship

The Silverman Fellowship is available to students in any area of specialization within the Social Sciences who demonstrate a high level of academic distinction.  The amount of the Silverman Fellowship will be approximately $3,000, depending on availability of funds and the number of awards made.

The R. Kirk Underhill Graduate Fellowship

The Underhill Fellowship provides support to graduate students proposing to undertake research that focuses upon any of the constituent parts of the British Isles, the British Empire and its legacies, or Britain’s relationship with the European Community and the United States.  Nominees need not necessarily have Britain as the primary focus of their research; work on any part of the world that requires substantial research in Britain may be eligible for an Underhill Fellowship, although preference will be given to those that are concerned with Britain’s imperial or transnational influence and impact.  The amount of the Underhill Fellowship will be approximately $20,000, depending on availability of funds and the number of awards made.

The David and Aileen Wang Family Fellowship

The Wang Fellowship is available to students in any area of specialization within the Arts & Humanities and the Social Sciences, with the award rotating between the divisions annually (Arts & Humanities in odd academic years, and Social Sciences in even years). For 2020-21 the Wang Fellowship will be awarded within the Arts & Humanities division. The amount of the Wang Fellowship will be approximately $20,000, depending on availability of funds and the number of awards made.

The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines Endowment Fund

This is an endowment to support research and academic activities relating to the study of the aboriginal peoples of Taiwan. Award preference should go to students working on Taiwanese aborigines; however, if no such students are interested or available in a given year, this Fund is open to applicants working on any aboriginal issues anywhere in the world. Because such aboriginal studies can only enhance an understanding of Taiwanese aborigines, the donor’s family feels that funds should be offered to scholars who are studying aborigine issues in other parts of the world.  Awardees are expected to collaborate with scholars at other institutions whenever appropriate, including the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, and to share with the Shung Ye Museum and the wider scholarly community any research findings and activity results, as well as copies of any publications, news clips, reports, or other published findings.

Each nomination should include:

  • A brief (one page) narrative describing the proposed activities
  • A proposed budget breaking out the different items on which funds are to be spent
    • Curriculum Vitae