Graduate 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)


Temporary QE Policies for Spring 2020

General Announcement (DOC)

Qualifying Exam Relief Plan (DOC)

Qualifying Exam Zoom Guidelines (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)



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)

Letter Service UC Berkeley Career Center (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, 2019 through June 30, 2020, it would fall under the 2019-20 academic/fiscal year.

If your trip starts on July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, it would fall under the 2020-21 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.

UC Berkeley's response to the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically amplified the critical role that technology plays in the student experience.  Students need access to technology to support and engage in the online learning environment, and an increasingly online community environment. 

In March 2020, the Student Technology Fund (STF) offered the University emergency funding to rapidly deploy solutions that immediately benefit students.  In addition, the STF funded and, together with the Chief Technology Officer(link is external) and other campus partners(link is external), mobilized this emergency response to students' need for laptops and WiFi hotspots.

For those withou access to reliable internet from home:

Off-campus internet access options:

Affordable internet access for low-income students:


Resources for GSRs, GSIs and Readers


Resources for Graduate Student Parents

Student Family Financial Assistance (Link)

Childbirth Accomodation Funding Application  (PDF)

ASE Childcare Reimbursement form (PDF)

Information about the ASE Childcare Reimbursement Form (Link)

Families Matter - A Guide for Graduate Student Parents (PDF)

Application for Graduate Student Parent Grant (check deadlines) (PDF)

Resource Guide for Student Parents (Link)


Graduate Division Caregiver Grant (Link)

The Student Parent Grant is designed to provide assistance to graduate students who are the primary live-in caregiver for an adult individual. Examples of those eligible for this grant include graduate students who live with and serve as the primary caregiver for an elderly parent or other individual that may qualify as a dependent adult.


Counseling Resources for Graduate Students 

Counseling Services for personal, academic, career, and crisis concerns (PDF)

Counseling Groups for graduate students (PDF)

For GSIs: Getting help for a student in concern

Tang Center Online Resources (Link)

Berkeley Cares (Link)


Financial Resources for Graduate Students 

Job aid to understand the functionality on the My Finances Transaction card.  (PDF)

Bears for Financial Success is a peer-to-peer financial wellness program housed in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at UC Berkeley. They offer workshops and one-on-one appointments to help students manage their personal finances in college and beyond

iGrad is an online personal finance software. This online tool has many valuable resources for students including budgeting and scholarship search tools to help students while they’re in school as well as resources to prepare students for life after Berkeley. 


Designated Emphases and Joint Degree Programs:

Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory

Designated Emphasis in European Studies

Designated Emphasis in Film and Media Studies

Designated Emphasis in Folklore

Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization

Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies

Designated Empahsis in New Media

Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Concurrent Degree in Medieval Studies


Campus Offices and Services

Graduate Resources - Graduate Division (PDF)

Disabled Students Program:

Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees: