Departmental Fellowships

About Departmental Graduate Fellowships

Social Welfare Departmental Graduate Fellowships are generally awarded on the basis of academic distinction and merit, experience, and/or professional goals and interests. Preference for these departmentally restricted awards may also be given to students who have not received as much funding as other students in the department.

Departmental fellowships are meant to help subsidize the cost of graduate school and generally do not cover the entire cost of attendance. Award amounts typically range from $500 to $10,000. Actual amounts, and the total number of awards made, 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). To be eligible and considered for any university funding, including Departmental Graduate Fellowships, all students who are eligible to file a FAFSA should submit a completed FAFSA by the priority deadline, regardless of whether or not you intend to take out student loans (you can always decide later).

To understand how departmental awards may affect other financial aid eligibility, please see the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office 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; no additional fellowship application is 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.

Fellowship offers are generally made to successful applicants at the time of admission notification. All incoming students who accept admission to Berkeley will also automatically receive notifications about any additional or new opportunities for financial support as they become known.

Continuing Students

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.

Overview of departmental fellowships