Graduate Program Resources

Graduate Program Documents and Forms

Handbook for Graduate Study in English (PDF)

Graduate Study Timeline (PDF)

Campus Resources for Graduate Students (Link)

Literature in English Research Guide (Link)

Your Guide to Fellowships and Grants (Link)

Graduate Division Filing & Form Submission DEADLINES (Link)

Graduate Student Professional Development Guide (Link)

Graduate Mentoring (Link)

Year 1

Character and rationale for Language Exams (PDF)

Preliminary Rationale for Language Study Form (PDF)

First-Year Review of Course Work Form (DOC)

Year 2

Second-Year Review Procedures (PDF)

Second-Year Review Adviser's Guidelines (PDF)

Second-Year Review Meeting Guidelines (PDF)

Second-Year Review of Coursework Form (DOC)


Orals and Advancement to Candidacy Procedure - Flow Chart (PDF)

Orals Policies and Procedures (PDF)

Department Orals Application (PDF)

Application for the Qualifying Exam (Orals) for the Graduate Division - part of the Higher Degree Committee eForm in CalCentral. (DOC)

  • Completed application must be received by the Graduate Division at least 3 weeks before the proposed examination date.
  • Job Aid for making changes to an already submitted Qualifying Exam Committee (DOC)


Application for Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree (Grad. Div.) - part of the Higher Degree Committee eForm in CalCentral(DOC)

Prospectus Policies and Procedures (PDF)

Prospectus Grad Chair Approval (PDF)

Prospectus Conference Approval (PDF)

Dissertation Committee Scenarios (PDF)

Job Aid for making changes to an already submitted Dissertation Committee (DOC)

Dissertation Writing

The Graduate Writing Center assists graduate students in the development of academic skills necessary to successfully complete their graduate programs and prepare for future faculty and professional positions. This unit offers workshops on topics such as academic writing, grant writing, dissertation writing, editing, and preparing articles for publication, in addition to writing groups and individual consultations on these topics for graduate students (Link)

Dissertation Filing

Dissertation Filing Guidelines and Policies (Graduate Division) (Link)

Job Search

Letter Service Interfolio (Link)

How to submit letter of recommendation online (DOC)

Interview AV instructions (DOC

Student Travel/Entertainment Reimbursement Forms

Please make sure you read the instructions on each form. All travel reimbursement forms must be submitted to the Graduate Advisor.

If your trip starts on July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, it would fall under the 2021-22 academic/fiscal year.

If your trip starts on July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, it would fall under the 2022-23 academic/fiscal year.

Graduate Student Computer Lab Policy

Use of the computer lab is voluntary.

All registered graduate students may have access to the computer lab.  If you are unable to log in to these computers, please contact the Graduate Adviser.

The university provides a number of commercial software products on your personal computers for free as UC Berkeley students. This includes the entire Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft O365 suites. You will find links to these products here:

The Library has laptops you can check out for up to 14 days:

The Student Tech Support Helpdesk continues to be available Monday through Friday by phone at (510) 642-HELP and email at  Remote support by Zoom is available on a limited basis.

Student Discounts on Technology:

The Graduate Assembly has joined with the ASUC to purchase campuswide student subscriptions to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal All currently registered graduate students are eligible. The subscriptions offer full online access to all news content from both papers. Instructions on how to activate your subscription (and what to do if you are already a paying subscriber) are provided here