Graduate Funding

Graduate Division Fellowships and Awards

(Most commonly awarded to students in English.  Please see this site for the complete list and applications:

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.

DCF Acceptance Form (PDF)

More information:

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.  Fellows will receive a $22,000 stipend, payment of in-state fees, travel allowance and $3,000 bonus for early dissertation filing.  Applications will be requested by email in mid-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.  Fellows will receive a $20,000 stipend plus payment of in-state fees.  Applications will be requested by email in late January and due in mid-February.

Diversity and Community Fellows Program

Diversity and Community Fellows, individually and collectively, will advance and implement the Diversity and Inclusion goals of OGD and the Graduate Division. Critical components of this work will include but are not limited to, supporting an inclusive graduate community and enhancing the cultural, academic, and professional experience of historically underrepresented students (e.g., students of color, low income and first generation college students, and LGBTQ+ students, undocumented students, etc.). Fellows will work across and within academic units to create healthy communities for graduate students.   Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 per academic year.  Applications deadline:  August 15, 2020.  Website:

Graduate Division Conference Travel Grant

Academic masters (M.A. & M.S.) and all doctoral students may apply for funding to attend professional conferences; however, students in professional degree programs are not eligible. Grant amounts will depend on the location of the conference (up to $600 within California, $900 elsewhere in North America, including Canada and Mexico, and $1,500 outside of North America). Master’s students are eligible for only one conference travel grant per academic career. Doctoral students are eligible for two grants per academic career, regardless of how many degrees they earn. Website:

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.  If funding permits, awards of up to $11,000 per year ($5,500 per academic term) will be made to eligible applicants.  Deadline: late June

Tuition Support for External Fellowships

The Graduate Division strongly encourages graduate students to pursue external fellowship funding in support of their research at Berkeley and, through the Tuition Support for External Fellowships program, financially supports many students who win external fellowships.  Most external fellowships include only partial payment of tuition, fees, and health insurance, and some fellowships include no such component at all.  In many cases, the Graduate Division makes up the difference between the external fellowship’s tuition/fee allowance and a fellow’s actual fee charges.  This difference is often substantial.
The deadline for 2019-20 requests is June 28, 2019.


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. deadline is the first Monday in February by 5 p.m.

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: 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.

The Center for British Studies Grants -

Center for British Studies Graduate Travel Grant (February 1 deadline)  This grant is specifically intended to fund airfare expenses for UC Berkeley graduate students to travel to Britain. The winner will receive a round-trip ticket to the UK for the purpose of research, to be booked and paid for by the Center

Center for British Studies Dissertation Research Grant (February 1 deadline) This grant of $2,000 will be awarded to graduate students who have defended their dissertation prospectus to finish research in the UK and aid them in completing their dissertation.

Kirk Underhill Graduate Prize (May 15 deadline)  This prize of $250 will be awarded for the best research paper on a British Studies topic by a UC Berkeley graduate student prior to advancing to candidacy. Papers must be nominated by a faculty member by May 15.

Kirk Underhill Undergraduate Prize (May 15 deadline)  This prize of $250 will be awarded for the best paper on a British Studies topic written by a UC Berkeley undergraduate in the senior year. Papers must be nominated by a faculty member by May 15.

Graduate Assembly Travel Grants

Grants provide travel funding for graduate students presenting at a conference outside of the Bay Area (both nationally and internationally).

The University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.


The Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for a hiring incentive to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. 


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.

  • Currently enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Attended a public high school or community college in Ventura County or the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Applicant is a student parent
  • Applicant must demonstrate academic excellence and promise for the future

American Council of Learned Societies

ACLS is one of the leading private institutions supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.


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.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Through its program of Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Predoctoral - These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Provides a $24,000 stipend.  Website:

Dissertation - These dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or  Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended tosupport the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation. Provides a $25,000 stipend.  Website:

Postdoctoral - These fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.  Provides a $45,000 stipend.  Website:

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research.  Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $23,000.  Website:

Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

For 12 months of full-time dissertation research and writing on ethical or religious values.

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. The coordinator can be reached at 408-293-9952 or by email at if you have any questions.  Due date is in mid-January of each year.

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.

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.

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.

Huntington Library Fellowships

The Huntington Library awards over 150 research fellowships annually. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to, its intellectual life. The application deadline for fellowships in the 2020-2021 academic year is Nov. 15, 2019.   Website:

The William L. Clements Library Research Fellowships

The William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan offers both short-term and long-term fellowships, as well as a new digital fellowship to support the digitization of one of our collections. Applications are due by January 15, 2020, for research to be undertaken that calendar year. Website:

Winterthur Dissertation Fellowships

Doctoral candidates conducting research or writing a dissertation receive four- to nine-month fellowships. Stipend: up to $7,000 per semester.   The deadline for all research fellowship applications is January 15.   Website:

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.

Paul and Daidy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

$25,000 stipend that supports new Americans, immigrants, or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Website:

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

$35,000 fellowship to support advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. . Website:

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original way. Fellows who will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies. Website:

The Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Fellowship

The Jim Fahey Safe Homes Fund for Women endowment was established in 2007 to provide scholarships for graduate students at UC Berkeley with demonstrated financial need and a strong aptitude in relevant subjects as well as a deep commitment to combating domestic violence against women. Preference is given to students who are close to graduation. Deadline for Spring 2020 is Sunday, March 1, 2020 Website:

Eudora Welty Research Fellowship

This competitive fellowship of $2,000 will be offered for research conducted in summer 2020.  The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. The application form and additional information are available on the MDAH website at

The Stephanie G. Hoffman Scholarship

Major in library science, literature, or a related field. One or more scholarships of $1,000 - $5,000 is expected to be given annually. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply. Website:

Berkeley Connect Mentoring Fellowship

Berkeley Connect 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 Berkeley Connect Fellows. Each Berkeley Connect Fellowship supplies $25,000 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. 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.  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 $600 once per academic year.  Reimbursement forms can be found in the Resources section of the Department's website.  

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 $600 for travel, photocopying, and hotel costs.  Reimbursement forms can be found in the Resources section of the Department's website.  

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 $600.  Reimbursement forms can be found in the Resources section of the Department's website.  


Postdoctoral Fellowships

(For a more complete lists of postdocs, please see the following site:

Berkeley Lectureships

This non-renewable, one-year lectureship will carry a salary of approximately $28,000, with full benefits, as set by the lecturer scale. Under the sponsorship of a faculty mentor, each Berkeley Lecturer will pursue his or her own scholarly research and professional development. Each will also teach a total of two classes (one each semester) and offer some departmental service that will be specified at the time the offer is made; these may include leading a Berkeley Connect mentoring group or holding drop-in office hours. Application deadline: late February.

UCLA President's Postdoctoral Fellowship

The UCLA Office of Research and Creative Activities and the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) with the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will offer up to four (4) Chancellor’s Postdocs at UCLA (with a possibility of renewal for a second year). These fellows will form a cohort and be affiliated with the IAC’s organized research units: the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center. 

Princeton University Society of Fellows

The Society of Fellows at Princeton University, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences, calls for fellowship applications annually. We hope you will encourage outstanding graduate students to apply—those now finishing their Ph.D., and those who received their degree after January 1. We seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds. For more information and the online application please visit our website

Any inquiries should be sent to

Clare Hall, Cambridge

With over one hundred Postdocs (and growing), Clare Hall has one of the largest and most active Postdoc communities in Cambridge. Inspired by the model of an institute of advanced study, Clare Hall values the contributions of its diverse and international cohort of early career researchers and has made great strides in building and supporting this community in recent years.


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 leading weekly discussion sections for larger lecture courses taught by department faculty members. Once students have passed the qualifying exam they become eligible for appointments teaching Reading and Compostition.

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 partial in-state fee remission.



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 UAW ( For more information about general employment policies and practices, including the labor agreement, see the Graduate Division's web site at 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 meet the requirements listed by the Graduate Division.

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 Appointments Guide.


Graduate Student Instructors

The Department of English employs Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) in two basic capacities.  Students in the earlier stages of the program who have not yet passed the qualifying exam and advanced to candidacy lead discussion sections in larger lecture courses taught by faculty members (with preference given to one of the department’s English 45 courses).  Advanced graduate students typically teach their own sections of English 1A/B Reading and Composition, but may also lead discussion sections in larger upper-division literature courses.

In February, students expecting to teach in the following year fill out the Funding Review and Teaching Preferences form online, ranking their teaching preferences for each semester.  The department uses this information to help plan our staffing for the upcoming year.  The Graduate Chair makes teaching assignments in consultation with the Graduate Student Affairs Officer. Appointments are assigned considering departmental need, student preference, academic record, teaching performance, progress toward the degree, and any prior teaching experience. Typically, all eligible students who are in good standing will receive a teaching appointment.

To be appointed to teach Reading and Composition, GSIs must first pass their qualifying examination and advance to doctoral candidacy. 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.

The Department follows the general regulation of the Graduate Division, which limits graduate student instructor appointments to eight semesters (excluding summer appointments). Students teaching in their 9th or 10th semester will require an official exception to the limiting rule, approved by the Graduate Chair. Based on departmental scheduling needs, students may thus be appointed as instructors for up to five years, with a sixth possible only by special exception from the Graduate Division. By system-wide university rule, the Graduate Division cannot approve exceptions beyond six years of teaching.


Summer Teaching

The application for teaching during the summer will generally be available in September for the following summer.  To be eligible to teach an R&C course, you must be advanced to candidacy before the appointment date. Graduate students who have completed the prospectus are invited to propose courses other than R1A and R1B as well.  Summer GSI appointments are based on the step of the student’s previous appointment. Salary steps do not advance during the summer.  Summer Sessions reserves the right to cancel courses that enroll fewer than 6 students.



Graduate students in English may be employed to read papers and exams in several of the Department's larger undergraduate courses. A Reader is responsible for the work of at least forty students throughout the term. Pay is based on an hourly rate, covering time spent in class and in holding office hours, plus a quantity of grading time per student. Readers can expect the course instructor to provide a workload worksheet outlining how much time is assigned to each task required for the course.

A Reader enrolled in the Ph.D. program may also receive academic credit for his or her work in the following manner. With the consent of the undergraduate course instructor in charge of the readership, the Reader may enroll in 4 units of English 298 (Independent Study), to be directed by that instructor and covering the course topic. In addition to normal readership duties, the Reader will write a substantial paper and will receive a letter grade from the instructor. Only one such "Readership 298" may be used to fulfill part of the Ph.D. course requirement. With the graduate adviser's consent, this course may be included as one of the twelve (non-teaching) courses (see Requirement 1, page 1).


Graduate Division Policy on GSI Absences from Teaching


Employees are responsible for reporting absences from campus and any missed work assignments to the Chair of the Reading and Composition Committee or to the Graduate Adviser. If an absence is unexpected (i.e., due to a sudden illness or accident) or will be for an extended period the Department Manager must be notified in a timely manner so that alternate arrangements can be made to limit impact.

ASEs may also be eligible for various paid and unpaid leaves, including military leave, short-term family-related leaves, long-term family-related leaves, bereavement, and jury duty. Please refer to the UC-UAW Agreement.