Light the Way: The Campaign for Berkeley is a comprehensive effort to raise $6 billion by the end of 2023 to invest in Berkeley’s extraordinary faculty and students, research for the public good, and learning, living, and work spaces. The campaign — among the largest ever undertaken by a university — builds on Berkeley’s distinctiveness in transforming lives, fueling social mobility, and changing the world. 

The university is at a key point in its history, having recently observed its 150th birthday, completed a strategic plan that will guide us for the next decade, and eliminated its structural deficit. These milestones led us to take the steps necessary to ensure that Berkeley will not only sustain its academic excellence and global leadership, but extend it for generations to come. 

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate students reflect the very best of Berkeley and are invaluable contributors to the teaching, research and public service mission of the university. Berkeley is committed to serving the public good, and recruiting a diverse and talented pool of graduate students is part of that mission. 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. One of the top priorities of this campaign will be to fund 300 graduate fellowships by 2023.

Private philanthropy is a critical component of several robust efforts to boost Berkeley’s finances. Whereas the State of California used to generously fund Berkeley, today it provides only about 14 percent of the university’s budget. This means that philanthropy, more than ever, is essential to ensuring critical support for the core elements that define Berkeley’s excellence.

Making a Gift

You can support graduate students at UC Berkeley online:

If you would like more information about how to make a gift, please contact Liz Moress, Executive Director of Development at or (510) 643-5043.

Thank you for your support for graduate students!

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