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.

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.

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. 

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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.  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:

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:

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.

English Department Fellowship (Block Grant)

English Department Dissertation Fellowships (Block Grants) are awarded for merit and timely progress toward the Ph.D., with consideration given to previous support.  Block Grants are typically awarded to students who have completed the prospectus conference and demonstrated progress on the dissertation.  The Department awards on average three Block Grants per year providing a stipend plus in-state fees.  Application deadline: early March

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 $400 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 $400 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 $400.  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 $27,400, 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.

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. 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 U.A.W.  For more information about general employment policies and practices, including the labor agreement, see the Graduate Division's web site at, 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,

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.



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