Mentored Research Award

Deadline: March 1, 2024

UC Berkeley is committed to recognizing and rewarding graduate student’s contributions to diversifying the academy during their graduate careers and beyond. The purpose of this fellowship award is to assist diverse doctoral students in acquiring sophisticated research skills by working under faculty mentorship on their own pre-dissertation research. Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend, payment of in-state fees, and a $6,000 summer stipend.

NOTE: The Mentored Research Awards are for doctoral students in academic programs only. Professional programs are not eligible. Preference will be given to nominees who have not received other major fellowships.

To be eligible:

  • Student must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. The student may be undocumented (AB540, Non-AB540 with DACA).
  • Student must be making adequate academic progress towards their degree, as certified by their adviser.
  • Student must be in an academic doctoral degree program.

Selection will be based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Preference will be given to nominees who have not advanced to candidacy and have not received other major fellowships.
  • Experience of situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing to graduate study, such as the absence of a family member who attended college; matriculation at a school or schools with poor financial or curricular support; having a physical or learning disability; or having worked long hours while attending school; or
  • Academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect educationally disadvantaged segments of society; or
  • Evidence of an intention to use the doctoral degree toward serving educationally underrepresented segments of society

Additional criteria to be considered:

  • Research interests focusing on underserved populations and understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities
  • Academic service advancing equitable access to higher education for women and racial minorities in the fields where they are underrepresented
  • Evidence of an intention to use the doctoral degree toward serving marginalized and underrepresented populations

Faculty Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Discuss academic issues
  • Network on behalf of the fellow
  • Write letters of recommendation
  • Advise on the fellow’s dissertation plans
  • Assist the fellow avoid academic obstacles

APPLICATION PROCESS (TWO-STEP process which includes a NOMINATION by the student’s DEPARTMENT):

1. Department Nominator

Submit your student nomination(s) via the GSAO Slate Portal. Students will receive an invitation to apply within 90 minutes of submission of the nomination form. Keep in mind that the student will need additional time to complete and submit their application by the deadline.

Nomination must include:

  • A letter from the Department Chair supporting the nomination and confirming the nominee’s eligibility. This letter must also be signed by the department’s Equity Adviser.
  • A letter from the Faculty Mentor describing the plans for mentoring the student and past successful experiences in mentoring

2. Student Nominee

If you are selected by your department as a nominee, you will receive an email inviting you to submit an online application by the deadline. 

Note: To attain a nomination, inquire with your department regarding its internal competition.

Application must include:
  • Personal Statement (1 page) which addresses how the nominee’s background, including financial need, fits within the criteria
  • Statement of Academic Research (2 pages) which describes the student’s academic progress to date, the proposed research project, how the research project is critical to the student’s academic career, and the ways in which a Mentored Research Award will help the student achieve their goals
  • Unofficial graduate transcript(s)

For more information, contact Gina Farales Blanco by email at ginablanco@berkeley.edu.

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Gina Farales Blanco
Fellowships Administrator