Investing in the Biological Sciences

While our research is always advancing and our teaching is always improving, our core needs remain constant. It is our people – faculty and students – who bring excellence to Berkeley, so funding for faculty positions and graduate student fellowships are our very top priorities.



The life sciences at Berkeley are routinely scouted for talent by peer institutions. The faculty's distinction makes them perennial recruitment targets for other premier universities. The recruitment and retention of faculty are easier said than done in an era of shrinking state and federal contributions. As a consequence, the role of philanthropy is increasingly important in helping us to respond to competition and to reach new talent. Endowed chairs and professorships are ideal vehicles for creating faculty support and can be leveraged quickly in the recruitment or retention of a faculty member. Chairs and professorships at Berkeley are among the tools we have to maintain our competitive edge.


Graduate Students

Graduate students are often called the “glue” that holds the University together because they collaborate with faculty, provide technical skills in labs and teach our undergraduates, all while completing their own courses and research. In order to ensure that graduate students thrive personally and professionally at Berkeley, fellowship support is a top priority for all our departments. The difference for a graduate student accepting an offer to study at Berkeley vs. our academic competitors can be as low as $3,500. It is becoming increasingly difficult for Berkeley to match offers from our peers, so we hope you will add to our crucial support for graduate students by endowing a graduate student fellowship or giving to current-use funds in fellowship funding.


For academic information about our division and our departments, please visit:

The Division of Biological Sciences newsletters are now available online:


Berkeley L&S Biological Sciences Newsletter 2018

We also welcome gifts to the following academic units, centers, and funds:


Though we recognize that making philanthropic decisions can be a complex process, giving to Berkeley comes with many rewards. We encourage you to reach out to one of our development directors for more information, guidance, and advice:

Kirsten Swan

Assistant Dean of Development