Many Berkeley Social Welfare students have been successful at securing extramural funding through additional university, public, and privately sponsored fellowships.
Extramural awards are made from a variety of outside funding sources, including government agencies; professional and alumni organizations; private foundations; and corporations. We actively encourage all graduate students to apply for extramural funding, particularly doctoral students seeking dissertation support.
The process of identifying, researching and applying for external fellowships and awards can be lengthy and time-consuming - begin your search as early as possible! Following is a partial list of major extramural funding resources, including awards that have been previously given to Berkeley Social Welfare students. We update this list as new opportunities become known, so please check back regularly!
Fellowship/Funding Databases, Directories and Search Engines
University of California
- Berkeley Graduate Division Guide to Fellowships and Grants
- Funding Sources for the Social Sciences (UCB Libraries)
- UC Berkeley Scholarship Connection
- UC Berkeley Scholarships and Awards for Students with Disabilities
- UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database
State and National
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Student Funding Opportunities
- Foundation Directory Online (CalNet ID required)
- Human Rights Campaign National Scholarships Database
- Nationally Coveted College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards
- Petersons’ Graduate Scholarship Search Engine
- Philanthropy News Digest RFPs
International and Study Abroad
- Diversity Abroad International Scholarships & Fellowship Directory
- Institute of International Education (IIE) Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
- Scholarships for Development: International Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries
- UC Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarships
UC Berkeley and UC System Award Programs
Albert Newman Fellowship for Visually Impaired Students (Graduate Division Fellowships)
The Albert Newman Fellowship is awarded to substantially visually impaired graduate students as documented by the Disabled Students Program.
Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) Graduate Fellowship
BELS Fellows are doctoral students drawn from a wide range of disciplines across the UC Berkeley campus, including those in the Social Sciences. UC Berkeley doctoral students engaged in theoretically-informed, empirical research projects that investigate the origins, dynamics, and/or consequences of law and law-related social institutions. Preference is given to students who will be in their third year or beyond during the period of the Fellowship.
Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Field Research Grants
Travel reimbursement for UC Berkeley graduate students from all disciplines.
Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellows Training Program
Stipend for underrepresented doctoral students.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (Graduate Division Fellowships)
The Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards enables students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents to acquire a high level of competence in one or more foreign languages. Fellowships are awarded to students in modern foreign language and area studies, with priority given to students in the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields.
Global Development Fellows Program
Provides Fellows with $7,500 stipends to support summer field work on specific assignments for qualified organizations operating in countries where USAID operates. Managed by UC Berkeley's Master of Development Practice (MDP) program.
Greater Good Science Center Research Grants
Offers annual fellowships to UCB Graduate students (up to $15,000) whose research relates to their mission. Fellowship program aims to attract scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with an emphasis on the social-behavioral sciences.
Institute of Governmental Studies
Grants and fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students doing research related to American politics, policy, and government.
Institute of International Studies Dissertation Fellowships
Funding for UC Berkeley graduate students conducting various pre-dissertation and dissertation research projects that explore social science issues on an international scale.
International Need-Based Tuition Awards and Graduate Student Family Grants
The Berkeley International Office offers grants for international students and student families; see website for additional eligibility requirements.
Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Fellowship (Graduate Division Fellowships)
Provides scholarships for graduate students at UC Berkeley with demonstrated financial need and a strong aptitude in relevant subjects as well as a deep commitment to combating domestic violence against women. A student may receive this award more than once during his or her academic career.
John E. Martin Fellowship
This fellowship is to provide support for high-achieving, continuing full-time MBA, MPH and/or MSW students at UC Berkeley who demonstrate through 1) a student-initiated business/startup or 2) a summer internship commitment to improving the quality of and the access to mental health care. Up to two (2) fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded each year.
Philip Brett LGBT Studies Fellowship (Graduate Division Fellowships)
Open to all UC Berkeley graduate students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who are conducting research related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer studies in any field or discipline.
UC Center for New Racial Studies Graduate Student Research Grants
The University of California Center for New Racial Studies (UCCNRS) is a UC MultiCampus Research Program Initiative. This MRPI supports collaborative research by UC faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and their colleagues at other institutions. Apply online for Research Working Group or Campus Activities grants.
University of California Global Health Institute GloCal Health Fellowship
GloCal is a one-year, mentored research fellowship for existing and aspiring investigators who are interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries.
University of California Human Rights Fellowship
Student fellowships awarded in partnership with organizations working for human rights.
University of California Humanities Research Institute
UCHRI offers fellowships to support individual research projects by UC graduate students.
University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) Fellowships
Dissertation research grant for UC graduate students advanced to candidacy for the research doctorate and postdoctoral researchers.
Outside Agency Awards
Addiction Resource Scholarship
AddictionResource.com awards $3,000 in scholarships each year to students who share their vision for an addiction-free world.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Health Services Research Dissertation Awards (R36) and other dissertation grants for doctoral candidates.
Alcohol Research Group Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Training program for doctoral students advanced to candidacy or recent doctoral graduates.
Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest to award $6000 in scholarships to three students each year.
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Dissertation and career development grants for women in graduate programs who have achieved distinction or show the promise of distinction in their fields.
American Clinical Social Work Association
ACSWA Scholarships consist of the Judith Holm Memorial Awards and the Shelomo Osman Memorial Awards, which are prizes that go to masters students who have written the best clinical papers about a recent field-placement intervention.
American Educational Assocation (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research
This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.
American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships
Students at any eligible college may apply for these scholarships, generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need.
American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship Program
Stipend for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional degree-seeking students who demonstrate financial need.
Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program is a one-year $10,000 stipend program awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability. ARDRAW focuses on research relevant to SSA’s work incentives and employment supports – specifically rehabilitation, work and the disability program.
A Place for Mom Annual Senior Care Scholarship
Grants selected applicants a $1,000 financial donation for their compelling essays on senior living.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Association on American Indian Affairs
Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students from federally recognized tribes.
Association of Latina and Latino Social Work Educators (ALLSWE)
ALLSWE offers $500 scholarships to Latina/o students who have an excellent academic record and have financial needs. Depending on funding, every year ALLSWE offers between 4 to 8 awards in total to a combination of students in BSW, MSW, and in some cases PhD programs.
Sylvia Bracamonte Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2020, the Sylvia Bracamonte Memorial Scholarship at UC Berkeley was created by the Graduate Assembly and Berkeley Underground Scholars. The purpose of this scholarship is to preserve Sylvia's legacy, honor resilience in public education, and support the University's commitment to access, equity, and inclusion.
California Association for Postsecondary Education & Disability Scholarships
Scholarships for students with disabilities; graduate students are eligible.
California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC)
The California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) annually awards the Paul Crissey Graduate Student Research Grant of $750 for outstanding research by a graduate student (up to one-year post MA/Ph.D. degree) in the field of child maltreatment. The recipient will also receive a one-year membership to APSAC (American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) and CAPSAC.
California Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW)
California Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW) offers the Jannette Alexander Foundation for Clinical Social Work Education Scholarship each year to graduating master’s level social work students who demonstrate excellence in clinical studies and practice. Recipients receive $1,000 and a FREE one year membership to the CSCSW.
Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship
The Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council (APISWC) of NASW-Northern California awards up to three scholarships in the amount of $500 - $1,000 each at the NASW-CA Annual Conference. MSW students are strongly encouraged to apply.
CHCI-United Health Foundation (UHF) Scholar Intern Program
CHCI-United Health Foundation scholarships provide recipients with a scholarship of $5,000 per year to pursue an undergraduate degree for up to three years, or a graduate degree (masters or doctorate) for up to two years.
The Cobell Scholarship is an annual scholarship available to any post-secondary student who is an enrolled Federally-Recognized Tribal Member. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need.
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program
The Minority Fellowship Program provides support opportunities for doctoral students and 1st-year MSW students.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level and who are active in the progressive movement.
Dirksen Congressional Research Grants
Grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.
Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program
The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program is a one-year $10,000 stipend program awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research on improving the Disability Determination Process for the Social Security Administration's two disability programs.
The Educational Foundation, IOOF
Scholars who receive the $15,000 Christine Smith Graduate Studies Scholarships conduct critical inquiry and evaluation that impacts the disadvantaged and underserved, becoming highly trained professionals working in the area of social intervention after completing a specialized program at the masters or doctoral level addressing the needs of society relating to children and family issues.
Educators for Fair Consideration [E4FC]
E4FC's New American Scholars Program provides financial awards to low-income undocumented college and graduate students who live or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Social Work Fellowship
The Summer Social Work Fellowship is for talented and ambitious recent graduates in social work or mental health fields. This is a full-time, paid, three month position with the possibility to extend. The Fellow will work in conjunction with the EJI lawyers and social workers and will develop skills working with the incarcerated including men and women on death row, juveniles sentenced to life without parole, men and women released after serving long sentences in prison, and family and community members affected by mass incarceration.
Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program
Fahs-Beck Scholars dissertation grant for doctoral students.
GAPA Foundation Scholarship
The purpose of the GAPA Foundation Scholarship is to celebrate and reward outstanding scholar activists who are making a positive impact on the API and LGBTQ communities. Scholarship will range from $1000–$5000, and several scholarships may be awarded in a calendar year. Graduate students are eligible.
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Offers a $20,000 dissertation fellowship for doctoral students who would complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year. Foundation concerns include issues related to violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, family relationships, and others.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Provides scholarships to Latino students, including graduate students.
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grants for Research in Social Policy
Dissertation grant for PhDs at the dissertation level.
Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship
In exchange for financial aid, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training.
Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program
This fellowship program provides support for dissertation field research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by PhD students who have advanced to candidacy.
The Markowski-Leach Scholarship is intended to support LGBTQ students who demonstrate promise for becoming a positive role model for other LGBTQ people. The award is $2,000 per year for up to two years, after which continuing students can apply for another award.
The Melanie Foundation Scholarship
The Melanie Foundation Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to a candidate pursuing a doctoral or master’s degree in the mental health field. The scholarship is awarded to a candidate for one year, and candidates may reapply for additional years.
Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
Offers Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing post-secondary education.
National NAACP Scholarship Program
The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship provides up to $2,000 for graduate student support; must be NAACP member.
National Association of Black Social Workers
NABSW offers a number of scholarships to African American social work students who are active, paid members of NABSW enrolled for full-time study at an accredited United States social work program.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship
Stipend for social work doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on welfare policy and practice.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Consuelo W. Gosnell MSW Scholarship
Stipend for MSW candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Verne LaMarr Lyons MSW Scholarship
Stipend for MSW candidate who demonstrates an interest in or has experience with health/mental health practice and has a commitment to working in the African American community.
National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ's mission.
Open Society Foundations Scholarship Programs
Scholarship programs for international students from certain countries.
Perez Research Fellowship
A one-year stipended fellowship for undergraduates and graduates of color who want to learn about and contribute to the field of applied research and consulting. People of color with lived experience in the child welfare, criminal justice, housing and/or public health care systems are strongly encouraged to apply.
Point Foundation National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for LGBTQ students; graduate students are eligible.
Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant
LGBT Dissertation Grant that awards up to $11,000 per year.
Scudder Association Educational Grants
Distributes a number of grants each year to students in the fields of medicine, divinity and social work.
Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships and Prizes
SSRC offers a variety of fellowships and prizes for researchers around the globe, targeting specific problems, promoting individual and institutional change, and expanding networks.
Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Doctoral Fellows Award
Recognizes and supports doctoral students whose proposed dissertation research reflects innovative ideas and rigorous methodologies related to social work research, policy, or practice. Doctoral Fellows Award recipients will receive a $3,000 award to use for expenses related to the completion of the dissertation such as data collection and preparation, data analysis, administrative costs, and the preparation of the final dissertation document.
Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) National Leadership Grants
In past years, the SIF has offered 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships (National Leadership Grants), ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, in a nationwide competition. Must be a U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) enrolled in an under-graduate or graduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution.
Soroptimist Founder Region Fellowship Grant for Doctoral Women
Offers grants to women enrolled in graduate schools within the boundary of Founder Region (includes CA) who have advanced to candidacy and are entering into the last year of their doctoral programs. These grants-in-aid are proffered to assist women in the completion of their doctoral degrees.
The Leopold Schepp Foundation
The foundation offers scholarships to U.S. citizens enrolled on a full-time basis. Awards are given to those under forty years of age pursuing a graduate degree and who demonstrate financial need.
WW Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies
The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.