Financial Support for Current Ph.D. Students

Department of Economics - Graduate Division Summer Grant

The Summer Grant program was created by the Graduate Division years ago to address the large number of summer funding requests received from graduate students.  To allow greater flexibility and better coordination of summer support resources, beginning in 2014, awarding of summer grants has been decentralized to departments. Graduate Division has allotted the department with fourteen (14) summer grants to award.

Applications are accepted now until Friday, May 2nd!

  • Award: The Summer Grant will consist of $3,500 in stipend plus fees for three (3) Summer Session units.
  • Students eligible for summer grants must:
  1. Be academic doctoral students in good academic standing;
  2. Lack other significant summer funding (e.g., multi-year or external fellowships, or GSI/GSR positions);
  3. Have not reached the annual stipend cap of $33,500;
  4. Will not receive more than $2,500 summer stipend from other sources (i.e. block allocation and other department funds).
  • Application procedures: Submit the 2014 Summer Grant application to the Graduate Office (541 Evans Hall) by the application deadline for 2014 summer funding (email to Vicky Lee at vickyalee@econ.berkeley.edu is best).
  • Deadline: May 2nd at 4pm

Award decisions will be announced by May 9, 2014.

Berkeley Economic History Laboratory (BEHL) 2nd Year Student Mentored Fellowship

The successful applicant will receive a stipend equivalent to that earned by a 50 per cent time graduate student researcher. He or she will be expected to work 25 per cent time on his or her own research project and 25 per cent time together with one or more members of the BEHL-affiliated faculty on a faculty research project (hence the "mentored" student fellowship).

Applications are accepted now until Wednesday, May 9th!

  • Award: Stipend, fees and nonresident tuition for those that are not California residents.
  • Eligibility: first-year Ph.D. students in economics enrolled in Economics 210a who have completed or are soon to complete their 210a research paper and who, through their research project proposal (see below), display an interest or potential interest in economic history.
  • Application procedures: Submit the following to the graduate office (541 Evans Hall) by the application deadline for funding for the following academic year (email to Vicky Lee at vickyalee@econ.berkeley.edu is best):
    1. Completed 210a research paper.
    2. One-page description of applicant's potential second-year research project.
    3. Indication of other sources of funding available or pending for the coming academic year (if any)
  • Deadline: May 9th at 4pm

Award decisions will be announced by May 30, 2014.

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Berkeley Economic History Laboratory (BEHL) Continuing Student Mentored Fellowship

Applications are accepted now until Wednesday, May 9th!

The successful applicant will receive a stipend equivalent to that earned by a 50 per cent time graduate student researcher. He or she will be expected to work 25 per cent time on his or her own research project and 25 per cent time together with one or more members of the BEHL-affiliated faculty on a faculty research project (hence the "mentored" student fellowship).

  • Award: Stipend, fees and nonresident tuition for those that are not California residents.
  • Eligibility: full-time Ph.D. students in economics who have completed their first year of graduate study when submitting an application and are conducting or contemplating research in economic history.
  • Application procedures: Submit the following to the graduate office (541 Evans Hall) by the application deadline for funding for the following academic year (email to Vicky Lee at vickyalee@econ.berkeley.edu is best):
    1. One-page description of applicant's potential second-year research project.
    2. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
    3. Indication of other sources of funding available or pending for the coming academic year (if any).
  • Deadline: May 9th at 4pm

Award decisions will be announced by May 30, 2014.

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Burch Center Continuing Student Fellowship

Applications are accepted now until Friday, May 2nd!

  • Award: Stipend, fees and Non-resident tuition for those that are not California residents
  • Eligibility: Full-time Ph.D. students in Economics that have passed one field exam and are conducting research in Public Finance.
  • Application Procedures: Submit the following to the Graduate Office (541 Evans Hall) by the application deadline for funding for the following academic year (email to Vicky Lee at vickyalee@econ.berkeley.edu is best):
    1. One page abstract of a research proposal OR a proposal of 10 or less pages.
    2. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member addressed to the Graduate Committee Chair. Usually students approach their dissertation advisor for this, but for students at the pre-dissertation phase it can be from any faculty member.
  • Deadline: May 2nd at 4pm

Award decisions will be announced by May 30, 2014.

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Center for Equitable Growth Continuing Fellowship

Applications are accepted now until Friday, May 2nd!

  • Award: Stipend, fees and Non-resident tuition for those that are not California residents (up to a maximum of $40,000)
  • Eligibility: Full-time Ph.D. students in Economics that have already passed the oral exams and are conducting research in Equitable Growth (see description of scope in attached file). Priority will be given to students who are planning to be on the job market this coming year and who already have preliminary results.
  • Application Procedures: Submit the following to the graduate office (543 Evans Hall) by the application deadline for funding for the following academic year (email to Vicky Lee at vickyalee@econ.berkeley.edu is best):
    1. One (or at most two) page summary proposal describing the research project and why the research can have policy implications. This summary will be publicly posted online for funded students.
    2. Include preliminary draft or results of the research project if already available and link to webpage with posted papers (if available).
    3. Include CV indicating expected PhD completion date (or link to webpage with such CV information)
    4. Letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor. A short letter or email from the advisor to Patrick Allen including expected ranking of the student in the program for placement purposes is sufficient.
    5. Other sources of funding currently available or pending for the coming academic year.
  • Deadline: May 2nd at 5pm

Award decisions will be announced by May 30, 2014.

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Dissertation Research Awards for Berkeley Graduate Students (formerly called IBER Mini-Grants)

The Institute of Business and Economic Research (IBER) provides Dissertation Research Awards to aid in research by graduate students in the Ph.D. programs in Economics, Business, Public Policy, Ag Econ, and Demography. The maximum award is $1,500. Grants may be used to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with gathering data or conducting interviews in support of a Ph.D. dissertation. Grant awards are limited to one per academic year and two per life-time.There is no specific deadline. Awards are made on a rolling basis; the Institute makes awards to strong applications as long as sufficient funds remain. (Funds are periodically refreshed by new contributions from donors.)

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Refer to Graduate Division's Fellowships Website for information on:

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