Continuing Fellowships

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 here

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 here.  

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 here.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Berkeley Lectureships

This non-renewable, one-yearlectureshipwill carry a salary of approximately $28,000, with full benefits, as set by the lecturer scale. Under the sponsorship of a faculty mentor, eachBerkeleyLecturer 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 aBerkeleyConnect 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

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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.