Graduate funding



Graduate Division Fellowships and Awards

(Most commonly awarded to students in English.  Please see these sites for the complete list and applications: http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/financial/deadlines.shtml and http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/financial/fellowships_resources.shtml)

 

Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship (DNTF)

Students who were admitted prior to fall 2010 who pass the Ph.D. oral qualifying exam and advance to candidacy for the degree by the end of their sixth semester of study automatically qualify for two semesters of the DNTF.  Students who advance after the sixth semester are not eligible for this award.  $8,000 stipend plus fees for each semester.

Doctoral Completion Fellowship (DCF)

The DCF replaces the DNTF for students admitted in fall 2010 and after.  Students who pass the Ph.D. oral qualifying exam and advance to candidacy for the degree by the end of their sixth semester of study automatically qualify for two semesters of the DCF. Students may claim the DCF in any year through the seventh year.  Students who accept the DCF may not receive any U.C. funding (fellowships or teaching) other loans after the seventh year.

U.C. 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 English Department nominates one or two students to the Graduate Division.  The award carries a $20,000 stipend, plus fees, with an additional $2,000 award if the dissertation is filed by the end of the spring semester.  Applications will be available in the English Graduate Office in late January and due in mid-February.

Mentored Research Award

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident whose background and life experiences enhance the diversity within the department or discipline.  The English Department nominates one to two students, typically post-orals, who are doing early dissertation research to the Graduate Division.  The award carries a $14,000 stipend plus fees.  Applications will be available in the English Graduate Office in late January and due in mid-February.

Graduate Division Conference Travel Grant

Awards made to allow Ph.D. students to attend professional conferences. Applicants must be presenting a paper or poster on their dissertation research at the conference they are attending.  Deadline: ongoing.

Graduate Division Summer Grant

The Graduate Division Summer Grant is a competitive award designed to provide summer funding for academic doctoral students in all fields of study. The grant provides a $3,000 stipend plus payment of fees for three units in any Berkeley Summer Session (6, 8, or 10 week). Students may use the grant to conduct dissertation or pre-dissertation field research or language study.  Deadline: mid March 

Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards (one-year 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.  Academic year awards provide a $15,000 stipend plus fees and summer awards a$5,000 stipend.  Deadline: late January

Graduate Student Parent Grant

Registered graduate student parents (single, married, or registered domestic partners) who live with dependent children and demonstrate financial need.  Grants awarded up to $8,000.  http://grad.berkeley.edu/financial/student_family.shtml  Deadline: late June

 

Other Berkeley Award Programs

Bancroft Library Study Award        

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.
bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/fellowships.htmlDeadline: early February

Townsend Dissertation Fellowship

Awarded to graduate students writing Ph.D. dissertations whose research projects significantly involve humanistic material or problems that have a significant bearing on the humanities. The competition is open to graduate students who are advanced to candidacy. More information, including application materials, is available online.
Website: http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/fellowships_gs.shtmlApplication deadline: mid November.

Townsend Center Working Grants

The Townsend Center Working Groups program sponsors research in the humanities and the humanities-related social sciences. Working group awards range from $250-$750 for the academic year.  http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/working_groups.shtml

The Center for British Studies Grants

Various grants and fellowships are available.  Website: http://ies.berkeley.edu/cbs/grants.html

Graduate Assembly Travel Grants

Grants provide travel funding for graduate students presenting at a conference outside of the Bay Area (both nationally and internationally).  https://ga.berkeley.edu/funding/travel-grants

The University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

One-year fellowships at a U.C. campus for women and minority Ph.D. recipients.  Website: http://www.ucop.edu/acadadv/ppfp/welcome.html

The Zachary Michael Cruz Memorial Scholarship was created by the Cruz family to preserve Zachary's memory, to reward excellence in public education, to support University's commitment to access, equity, and inclusion at Berkeley, and to give back to the communities of Ventura County and the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Cruz family was proud to raise their son.

  • Must be graduate of a public high school in Ventura County or the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Must be currently enrolled, or with an offer of admission, at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Applicant must be a transfer student from a California Community College OR a student parent
  • Applicant must demonstrate academic excellence
  • http://trsp.berkeley.edu/index.shtml#funds

American Council of Learned Societies

ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. http://www.acls.org/

 

Extramural Fellowships

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

Up to four years of support for graduate study at the doctoral or Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Website: www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/

Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships

Three year fellowships for U.S. citizens or nationals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Provides a $20,000 stipend.  Website: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/

Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowships

One year dissertation fellowships for U.S. citizens or nationals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Provides a $21,000 stipend.
Website: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/

Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching

Starting September 1, 2011 Applications will be accepted for the 2012 Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available online at: http://nationalacademies.org/ford

Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

For 12 months of full-time dissertation research and writing on ethical or religious values.
Website: www.woodrow.org/newcombe/

Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowships

Provides grants to advanced doctoral candidates in the humanities for completion of a scholarly dissertation project on which significant progress has already been made.  Applications available from the Graduate Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall.  Deadline: early January

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

Liebmann Fellowships are awarded “to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.” Candidates must be U.S. citizens with outstanding undergraduate records and demonstrated need for financial assistance. Eligible students include not only those in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, but also those in professional programs like law, medicine, engineering, and architecture. Fellowships provide fees and a living stipend, and are renewable for up to three years of total support.  http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/financial/pdf/liebmann_announcement.pdf

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships
Dissertation and career development grants for women in graduate programs who have achieved distinction or show the promise of distinction in their fields. Deadlines vary; applications can be requested online.
Website: www.aauw.org

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellowships

The Bolin Fellowships enable graduate students from underrepresented groups to devote the bulk of their time during the academic year to the completion of dissertation work in residence at Williams College.  http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/graduate-fellowships/gaius-charles-bolin-dissertation-and-post-mfa-fellowships/

Huntington Library Fellowships

Various short and long-term awards are available.  Website: http://www.huntington.org/ResearchDiv/Fellowships.html

Winterthur Dissertation Fellowships

One or two semesters for doctoral candidates conducting dissertation research and writing.  Stipend:  $7,000 per semester.  Application deadline:  January 15th.  For more information, please contact:  Rosemary Krill at 302.888.4637 or rkrill@winterthur.org.  Also visit winterthur.org/fellowship.

Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

Humane Studies Fellowships Awards of up to $15,000 to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas.



English Department Fellowship (Block Grant)

Block Grants are awarded for merit, timely progress toward the Ph.D. degree, and relative lack of previous support.  Merit is by far the most important factor.  Previous support is usually used as a tie-breaker; that is, in the case of equally ranked candidates, preference will often be given to the one who has received less fellowship support.  The majority of Block Grants are typically awarded to students beyond the qualifying exam, since their records are more substantial.  The Department awards on average three Block Grants per year.  $22,500 stipend plus in-state fees.  Application deadline: early March

Chernin Mentoring Fellowship

The Chernin Mentoring Program has two goals: [1] to provide mentoring to the English Department’s declared majors and to undeclared or transfer students considering an English major and [2] to provide tuition and fellowship support to six graduate student Chernin Fellows. Each Chernin Fellowship supplies $19,600 in stipend PLUS in-state tuition, student services and University health insurance fees. Appointments are for an academic year. Applicants will be chosen by the English Department's Fellowships Committee, including the Director of Graduate Study and the Chernin Director, based on past teaching evaluations, academic progress, and a personal statement. (See attached application form.) Priority will be given to students in the program who have completed the prospectus conference, but all students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible.  Application deadline: early March

 

Grants, Prizes, and Reimbursements

 

Future of American Studies Summer Institute

The department funds two students each summer to attend the Future of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College.  http://www.dartmouth.edu/~futures/.  The grant covers registration, housing, and seminars.  Application deadline: early May.

The Benjamin Kurtz Essay Prize

The Kurtz Prize is awarded for the best essay written in an academic year by an English Ph.D. student for an English graduate class.  The prize carries a $500 award.

The Joel Fineman Essay Prize

The Fineman Prize is awarded for the best essay written in an academic year by a 1st-year English Ph.D. student for an English graduate class.  The prize carries a $250 award.

The Barbara Kurtz Second-Year Review Award

The Second-Year Review Award goes to the student who has the best overall record after the first two years of study as selected by the Graduate Chair and Review advisers. The prize awards $2,000.

Conference Travel Reimbursement

Graduate students may request partial reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses and registration fees
when incurred for the purpose of presenting a paper at a conference . Students are reimbursed up to $400 once per academic year, http://english.lscrtest.com/resource_files/GRAD-TRV_2.pdf

Archive Travel Reimbursement

The department will fund graduate students to travel to archives critical for dissertation research. To
apply, submit a letter to the Graduate Chair specifying which archives you plan to consult and how they
will further your research. The dissertation director should also write a brief letter of support. Upon
return, submit an account of the materials you found and how you plan to use them. The department will
reimburse students once per academic year up to $400 for travel, photocopying, and hotel costs.  http://english.lscrtest.com/resource_files/GRAD-ARC.pdf

MLA Conference Reimbursement

The English Department will reimburse travel and lodging expenses and registration fees for
placement candidates who have job interviews at MLA. The amount of reimbursement for eligible
candidates will be up to $400. http://english.lscrtest.com/resource_files/GRAD-MLA_2.pdf

 

Postdoctoral Fellowships

(For a more complete lists of postdocs, please see the following site: http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/Fund/hpostdoc.html)

Berkeley Lectureships

This non-renewable one-year lectureship carries a salary of about $22,000 plus benefits.  Under the sponsorship of a faculty mentor, Berkeley Lecturers will pursue their own scholarly interests and professional development. They will also teach two upper-division seminars on any topic of literary critical interest (one each semester) and serve as a departmental student adviser.  Application deadline: late February.

James R. Gray Reading & Composition Lecturer

Lecturers for this program will have successfully completed training at Berkeley as R&C instructors; will have a documented record of excellence at Berkeley as R&C instructors; and who have recently earned their Ph.Ds.  Application deadline: late February.



It is the expectation of the department that each student in the Ph.D. program will have the opportunity to serve at least two years as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI). Typically, students begin teaching in the third year, following successful completion of course and language requirements, and first serve as teaching assistants leading weekly discussion sections for larger lecture courses taught by department faculty members. Students who have passed the qualifying exam become eligible for appointments as Teaching Associates. Associate Instructors teach their own sections, under general supervision, of English 1A/B, the required reading and composition course.

Graduate students may also be employed as Readers for several of the department's larger undergraduate classes. Readers grade papers and exams and hold office hours to confer with students.

Students who are appointed as GSIs and Readers receive in-state fee waivers in addition to a stipend.

 

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS

The Graduate Division, in accordance with a contract negotiated with the United Auto Workers, administers all general policies and practices regarding Academic Student Employees (ASEs), including Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Readers.  All ASEs are represented by contract with the U.A.W.  For more information about general employment policies and practices, including the labor agreement, see the Graduate Division's web site at http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/current/, or go to the office of Graduate Services, 318 Sproul Hall.

To be eligible for academic student employment, as a GSI, GSR (research assistant), or Reader, students must be in good academic standing, fully registered and enrolled in at least eight units, have no blocks on their accounts, and have no more than two outstanding incomplete courses.

All Academic Student Employees working 25%-time or more are eligible for in-state fee remissions in addition to their pay.  For more information regarding fee remissions and current pay rates for ASEs, please see the Graduate Division’s web site, http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/current/.

Graduate Student Instructors

The Department of English employs Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) in two basic capacities: Teaching Assistants, students in the earlier stages of the program who have not yet passed the qualifying exam, typically lead discussion sections in one of the English 45 courses taught by faculty members; Teaching Associates, advanced graduate students, who either teach their own sections of English 1A/B Reading and Composition, or serve as advanced teaching assistants in larger upper-division literature courses.

Teaching Assistants

Upon completion of the second-year review, the Graduate Office will distribute preference forms for appointments to sections of English 45 (preference forms for the following spring semester are distributed in the fall.)  TA assignments to particular sections are made by the Graduate Chair, in consultation with the Student Affairs Officer.  These appointments are based on academic record, student preference, departmental need, and any prior teaching experience.  Typically, all students at this point who are in good standing will receive a teaching appointment.

Sometimes Teaching Assistantships are available to students for one or two semesters in their second year and occasionally for one semester in their first year.  In the event that such positions are available, students are invited to apply, first those in their second year and then, if positions are still available, those in their first year.  Assignments are made by the Graduate Chair, in consultation with the Student Affairs Officer.  Assignments are based on a variety of factors: academic record; relevant coursework, especially at the graduate level; prior teaching; and financial need.  Preference is given to students who have not previously received fellowship support.

Summer Teaching Assistantships

Students who have not already taught as associates and who meet the following requirements can apply for summer Teaching Assistantships: at least one semester of experience as a teaching assistant, preferably in English; strong teaching evaluations; good standing and progress in the Ph.D. program.  Assignments are made by the Graduate Chair, in consultation with the Student Affairs Officer.  Since summer Teaching Assistantships are few and the interest among graduate students is great, the Graduate Chair will keep in mind as one of the factors in making such assignments whether or not the candidate has had a previous summer appointment.

Teaching Associateships

In February, the Graduate Chair distributes applications for Teaching Associateships for the following summer, fall, and spring.  Anyone appointed as an associate must have passed the qualifying examination.  Students who have not yet taken orals at the time of application may still apply but appointments will be for the semester following the exam and contingent upon passing.

Assignments are made by a faculty committee composed of the Graduate Chair, the Course Chair, and the two faculty members of the Reading and Composition Committee.  Assignments are made on the basis of the following criteria: academic record, teaching performance, progress toward the Ph.D. degree, and the number of semesters the candidate already has taught as a teaching assistant and associate.  Since students are guaranteed at least two years of teaching, the Committee will keep in mind its obligation to fulfill such guarantees when making assignments.  For example, a student who has taught for only two semesters as an assistant and is in good standing in the program will be given priority for an Associateship over a student who already has taught for two years.

In order to ensure that candidates who deserve support and need teaching experience get an opportunity for both, the Department follows the general regulation of the Graduate Division, which limits graduate student teaching appointments (Teaching Assistantships and Associateships combined) to four full years (excluding summer appointments).  Any portion of a candidate's teaching service that would extend the total duration in both posts beyond the "four-year limit" would place the candidate on the alternate list below applicants who have not yet taught for four full years.  For example, someone who has taught for a year as a teaching assistant and two-and-a-half years as an associate would be eligible for another one-semester appointment. However, the candidate's priority for a second-semester appointment would be ranked below that of any candidate still short of the four-year limit who is otherwise qualified.  Those applicants with teaching experience over the four-year limit first will be ranked in cohorts by seniority (according to the number of semesters they have taught) and then will be ranked within cohorts (according to academic record, teaching performance, and progress toward the Ph.D. degree).

Based on departmental scheduling needs, and by Graduate Division approval of exceptions to the four-year limit, students may be appointed as instructors for up to six years.  Applicants on the alternate list will be offered these positions in ranked order as openings occur.  The Graduate Division never approves exceptions beyond six years of teaching experience.

 

Readerships

Graduate students in English may be employed to read papers and exams in several of the Department's larger undergraduate courses.  A Reader is normally responsible for the work of 40 to 60 students throughout the term.  The pay formula is based on an hourly rate, covering time spent in class and in holding office hours, plus a fixed quantity of reading time per student.

1. University regulations specify that Readers may not be assigned any teaching duties in any course.

2. Questions about plagiarism should be referred directly to the Instructor.

3. Readers are hired for courses in which enrollments reach a minimum of 40 students.  Courses with enrollments that exceed 60 will have two Readers appointed.

4. Readers are appointed on a priority basis, with currently registered students in good standing being given priority in the following order: Ph.D. students in English, graduate students from other UCB departments, graduate students from other schools, non-students holding a B.A.  Readers must have demonstrated competence in the subject matter of the course.

5. The pay rate is $12.42/hr. Readers receive a base pay of 80 hours plus an additional four grading hours per student enrolled in the class.  Readers are paid for performing the following general duties:

  • Attending all lectures
  • Grading students’ papers and exams
  • Holding two office hours per week
  • Attend meetings with faculty supervisor and orientation meetings
  • Administrative and clerical duties as assigned by the faculty supervisor