Investing in the Mathematical & Physical 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.



Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics are all ranked amongst the best departments in the country, if not the world. It is our faculty that makes these departments great by driving our research and teaching missions. Like our private peers, we always strive to recruit the best new minds in the physical sciences and mathematics. As we compete with these well-funded institutions, it is more crucial than ever that we invest in our faculty. We invite you to help us in these efforts to recruit and retain the best faculty:

  • Funding Professorships and Chairs
  • Faculty Excellence Fund in Mathematical & Physical Sciences


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 in one of the following ways.

  • Endowing a graduate student fellowship
  • Current-use funds in fellowship funding


Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduates

The Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences chooses to address the needs of undergraduates by helping to provide summer research opportunities. Through SURF, a program in the College of Letters & Science that supports undergraduates to spend the summer doing research. These students receive a summer stipend of approximately $5,000, the financial equivalent of minimum wage job, yet far more valuable because of the experience the job provides.


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

The Mathematical & Physical Sciences newsletters are now available online:

2018 math & physical sciences newsletter

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:

Maria Hjelm

Assistant Dean of Development