A key tool to Berkeley’s ability to identify the “best of the best” among admitted students and to offer them the most generous funding packages early in the admissions cycle.

How does it work?
Associate Dean Susan Muller oversees the Fellowship Competition — recruiting and convening faculty members into subcommittees by disciplinary areas. These faculty review, discuss and rank students who have been nominated for multi-year fellowships by departments and graduate groups across campus. In 2015 a total of 441 nominations were received for consideration, and 82% of nominees were awarded multi-year fellowship offers.

How do BEAR GradS funds help a college or school?
BEAR GradS augment existing fellowship resources so we can better compete with generous offers for the best and brightest students. Typically, a student who succeeds in securing a multi-year fellowship commitment is given four years of funding comprised of two years of support from the Graduate Division and two years from the home department.

For BEAR GradS recipients, a year of support is underwritten through the $1M+ endowment— freeing up approximately $40K+ that a given part of campus can use to support yet another deserving student or priority. Through competitive packages offered early in the recruiting process, Berkeley is better able to recruit the world’s best doctoral students to our campus.

Questions may be directed to Liz Moress at (510) 643-5043.