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Graduate students are at the heart of Berkeley’s excellence — they drive original research, the discovery of new knowledge, and inspire and mentor our undergraduates. Fellowships attract the very best and brightest students — fueling dynamic partnerships between faculty and students that are fundamental to innovative teaching and research. Faculty at Berkeley, so many of whom are world-renowned in their fields, often cite the high caliber of our graduate students as the top factor contributing to their work satisfaction.

Building greater support for graduate fellowships by significantly increasing funding across all disciplines is one of Berkeley’s highest philanthropic priorities. Gifts to Graduate Fellowships are critical to Berkeley’s legacy, and our future.

Make your gift now to one of the funds below, search for existing named fellowships by typing key words into the search box at givetocal, or contact our staff to discuss our matching fund programs and special naming opportunities.


“In order to continue with the great record of training that we have here at Cal it is essential for people who have benefitted from the system to step up and contribute. When I won the Nobel Prize, I decided to donate the prize money in support of graduate education at UC Berkeley.”

— Randy Schekman, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology,
2013 Nobel Prize in
Physiology or Medicine