Enrich Student Life and Professional Success

We take great pride in ensuring that Berkeley’s 10,000+ graduate students, who represent 92 countries and all 50 states, have a full yet balanced experience during their time here.

Graduate Student Experience Fund

Your gift in support of the Graduate Student Experience Fund is an investment in human and financial resources that facilitate:

Professional Development

  • practical professional development and life skills resources — online and in person activities that help students succeed during graduate studies and beyond;
  • explore career options.

Graduate Student Life

  • work-life balance — to counter student self-reported impediments to wellness, including social and financial supports for parenting and family life; and,
  • community connections — social and cultural activities that enhance psychological and physical well-being, including events and initiatives that enhance community connections, well-being, and resilience.

A groundbreaking survey of Berkeley Ph.D. alums spanning 40 years revealed that many students, particularly those in science and engineering, have for many years chosen careers outside of academia. Your support for our Graduate Professional Development work helps students recognize potential career paths, set and achieve professional development goals, and build skills vital to careers in education, industry, government, and more. Our partners include:

Make your gift today.


Larissa Charnsangavej, Graduate Student Life Coordinator,
understands the unique needs of graduate students at Berkeley. Gifts made toward the Graduate Student Experience Fund will assist students with health education and wellness, housing, parenting support, community engagement, and professional development.

Graduate Student Experience Fund