Social Welfare Departmental Graduate Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic distinction and merit, demonstrated financial need, or a combination of both. Preference for some awards may also be given to students who have not received as much funding as other students in the department.
Departmental Graduate Fellowships typically range between $500 and $10,000. Award amounts, and the total number of awards made, may vary from year to year depending on availability of funds.
Some need-based fellowship funds can be used only for students who have demonstrated financial need through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students who are eligible to file a FAFSA should submit a completed FAFSA by the priority deadline to be eligible and considered for any university funding, including Departmental Graduate Fellowships.
To understand how departmental awards may affect other financial aid eligibility, please see the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office's Graduate Award Guide.
How to Apply for Departmental Fellowships
Entering (Newly Admitted) Students
All applicants to graduate study at Berkeley Social Welfare are automatically considered for all available fellowship awards during the admissions review process. Fellowship offers are generally made to successful applicants at the time of admission notification; an additional fellowship application is not required for newly admitted incoming students. To ensure consideration for all possible awards, all applicants to graduate study should complete the "Economic Background" section of the online Graduate and Professional Application for Admission.
Annual applications for departmental fellowships are distributed to all continuing students when they become available, usually in the spring semester of each year, for awards given in the following academic year.