Financial Support

UC Fellowships and Funding

Many fellowships and other funding from the University of California and affiliated research units are available specifically for UC graduate students. Summary details are available below—please see the relevant websites for the most up-to-date information, full application materials, and deadlines.


Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX)

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Deadline: Nov 15, 2016 (for 2017-2018)

Eligibility: Visiting Fellows are expected to be PhD candidates who are ABD and have completed a substantial portion of their dissertations

Description:  The majority of the fellowship awards are for residential periods between 4 and 9 months in duration. Fellowships generally start at the beginning of the academic year and are not given over the summer months (July-September). Awards have been given in the past supporting research on contemporary Mexico, Mexican history, and U.S.-Mexico relations. Comparative studies with a substantial Mexico component are also encouraged. Priority will be given to proposals that are relevant to public policy. Proposals from Mexican scholars are particularly encouraged. Stipends average $22,500 for the academic year and are determined by University of California general policies and funding availability. You must be concurrently enrolled at your home university to receive a fellowship stipend.

Institute of European Studies

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Pre-dissertation and Dissertation Fellowships

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017

Eligibility: Open to any UC graduate student doing pre-dissertation or dissertation research.

Description:  Fellowships for short-term (two to three months) pre-dissertation and dissertation research in Europe working on modern European topics.

Funding:   These fellowships of $3,000 to $5,000 each are expected to cover two or three months' research in Europe.

Additional information: Contact Gia White at (510) 642-4555 or at gia@berkeley.edu

Natural Reserve System

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Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants

Deadline: Oct. 16, 2016

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled at a UC campus other than UCSF while conducting their research.

Description: Up to $3,000 per award is available for Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants. Studies must be conducted on reserves in the Natural Reserve System or at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park or White Mountain Research Station.

UC Humanities Research Institute

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Andrew & Florence White Graduate Student Scholarship

Deadline:  March 3, 2017 

Eligibility:  UC graduate students working on a dissertation project in the Humanities and Medicine or in the Theoretical Social Sciences and Medicine who have advanced to candidacy (ABD) by June 30, 2015.

Description: The scholarship, of up to $20,000, may be used for a mix of fees, living expenses, and research expenses for one academic year.

UC MEXUS

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Dissertation Research Grants

Deadline: September 12, 2016

Eligibility: University of California graduate students in good academic standing are eligible if they will have advanced to candidacy for the research doctorate by December 31, 2014.

Description: This funding supports dissertation research or MFA final projects in the areas of Mexico-Related Studies-All Disciplines; Latino Studies; United States-Mexican Relations; Critical U.S.-Mexico Issues; Mexican and Latino Topics in the Arts and Humanities; and UC-Mexico Collaboration. Awards of up to $12,000 will be provided for a project period of two years.

Small Grants

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Deadline:  ​First Monday of each month by 5:00pm

Eligibility: University of California graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctoral level program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Description: This funding supports research activities in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development in Mexico-related studies in all academic fields from the sciences to the arts, Latino Studies, and critical issues of common concern to the United States and Mexico. Proposals are encouraged for small, short-term, non-dissertation projects of one week to six months. Awards of up to $1,500 will be provided for a six month period.