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Funding

Global Poverty and Practice Minor Fellowship

Open to Global Poverty and Practice Minor Students only.

Applications for competitive Global Poverty and Practice Fellowships are available for GPP Minor students to support students’ U.S. and international Practice Experiences. Applications are evaluated on the proposed practice experience and the financial need of the student. The current application for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Practice Experiences is due Monday, January 30, 2017.

Application for 2017 Practice Experiences

Budget Template: Bay Area

Budget Template: International (outside Bay Area)

Other Funding Opportunities

Acumen Global, Regional, and Acumen+ Fellows Programs
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: TBD.

The 12-month fellowship for individuals is dedicated to serving the poor and who have the business, leadership, and operational expertise. The fellowship begins with an eight-week training program in New York that culminates in a nine-month fieldwork with a company in the US or abroad, and long-term connection opportunities post-program.


American Public Power Association DEED Project
Award Amount: $2,00 in Scholarships; $4,000 for Internships and Grants, plus up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend applicable conference; and $5,000 for Technical Design Projects (TDP), plus up to $3000 in travel funds
Deadline: February 15, 2017 and October 15, 2017

Only students studying in energy-related disciplines from accredited colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada are eligible for student research grants/internships. The DEED technical design project is intended to promote the involvement of students studying in energy-related disciplines in the public power industry. One $5,000 TDP is awarded each year to a student or group of students conducting research on an energy-related project. The award recipient(s) also receive travel reimbursement up to $3000 to present their project during the annual APPA Engineering and Operations Technical Conference.


Ashoka Fellows Program
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Rolling.

Ashoka actively searches for social entrepreneurs with new, innovative solutions to solve society’s pressing problems. Fellows are eligible to receive a tailored stipend for up to three years, if needed, for the Fellow to dedicate themselves full time to the advancement of their idea. Fellows receive lifetime network support and stipends that support their research.


ASUC Academic Opportunity Fund (AOF)
Award Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Academic Opportunity Fund awards grants for academic travel that enhances student access to valuable educational experiences beyond the classroom. The Academic Opportunity Fund subsidizes off-campus academic pursuits, such as professional meetings, research conferences, academic competitions, and independent research.


ASUC AAVP Grants and Scholarships
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: March 31, 2017

The ASUC offers 9 Grants (Academic Opportunity Fund (AOF), ADA Accessibility Fund (ADAAF), Arts and Creativity Fund (ACF), DeCal Fund (DCF), Educational Equity and Excellence Fund (EEEF), Intellectual Community Fund (ICF), Multicultural Fund (MCF), Public Service Fund (PSF), and the Greek Opportunity Fund (GOF)) during the Spring semester and 3 Scholarships (Textbook Scholarship, RISE Scholarship, and the Oustanding Student Recognition Scholarship) during the Fall semester for a variety of student initiatives.


CIEE Scholarships and Grants
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Varies.

Students studying on CIEE’s college study abroad programs can apply for CIEE scholarships and grants. Provides both need-based grants and merit-based grants.


Carl Rosberg and Judith Geist Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: February 13, 2017

For any Berkeley undergraduate travel to Africa for research and study who will return to campus as a registered student following the research trip. Students with training in African studies and foreign languages, particularly African languages, will be given priority.


Center for Human Rights Student Fellowship
Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: February 22, 2017 by 5PM

These awards will enable students to carry out clearly defined fieldwork, domestically or internationally, with human rights organizations related to a student’s area of study. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the work of human rights organizations while also gaining practical experience that may influence the students’ areas of research or academic focus. The fellowship program welcomes multi-disciplinary approaches to human rights fieldwork. Students are encouraged to publish the results of their fieldwork. Preference will be given to graduate students and returning students.


Center for Middle Eastern Studies Undergraduate Research Grants
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadlines: Varies.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) provides grants and other support for students, faculty, and visiting scholars; hosts lectures, film series, conferences, and innovative workshops; and partners with local educational and non-profit institutions and businesses to provide accessible public programs related to the Middle East.


Center for Race and Gender Undergraduate Grants
Award Amount: $100 – $1,000
Deadlines: TBD.

The Center for Race and Gender (CRG) at the University of California Berkeley, announces the availability of grants of $100 to $1,000 to fund undergraduates for research or creative projects that address issues of race and gender. Topics should be consonant with CRG’s mandate to support critical student research on race, gender, and their intersections in a wide variety of social, cultural, and institutional contexts, especially on the Berkeley campus and its neighboring communities, but also in California, the nation, or the world. Grants will be awarded for periods of up to six months from the start date.


Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Fund
Award Amount: $2,000 – $10,000
Deadlines: TBD.

The CGI U Innovation Fund will source, support, and feature the most effective, high-impact student innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. Working within the CGI U Commitment to Action model, Innovation Fund grants will provide students with critical seed funding to help launch and scale their early-stage projects. The awarded funds will range from approximately $2,000 to $10,000. Accepted students receiving funding through the Innovation Fund will also be invited to attend the CGI U 2017 meeting.


College of Natural Resources Travel Grant
Award Amount: $400 for travel within California, up to $600 for travel elsewhere in North America, and up to $1,000 for international travel
Deadlines: September 15 (Fall), February 15 (Spring), and May 15 (Summer)

The CNR Travel Grant is designed to help students fund travel that is related to research and/or participation in conferences. To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate students in CNR, be in good academic standing, and have a faculty sponsor from within CNR. Travel must take place while individuals are registered or continuing students.


Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: April 1, 2017

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity.


Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship
Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: February 16, 2017

For all sophomore and junior UC undergraduate students who are engaged in year-long projects related to social change, public service, and/or social entrepreneurship. Students must submit application to UC Berkeley’s representative (identified on the Strauss Foundation website).


E4C and the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) Supported Research Fellowship
Award Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: TBD.

The E4C Program is a 4-month Summer Research Fellowship that grants 10 $5k grants to engineering students engaged in global development, supported by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF). The Fellowship is a new offering from E4C’s Innovation Lab, which supports the development of knowledge tools for designers, manufacturers and implementers of poverty‐alleviating products and services. Fellows will deepen their understanding of development engineering through research, analysis and normalization of solutions. This program is open to senior undergraduate, graduate and post-graduates in engineering with a focus and/or specialization in global development aligned to E4C’s target sectors (i.e. Energy, Health, Water, Agriculture, Housing, Transport and Information Systems). Graduating students are eligible.


Echoing Green Foundation Public Service Fellowships for Graduating Seniors
Award Amount: Up to $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for two-person partnerships) over 2 years.
Deadline: TBD. (Applications for the 2017 Fellowships are closed; 2018 applications will open in late summer or early fall)

Echoing Green Fellowships provides a $80,000 stipend for individuals and $90,000 stipend for two-person partnerships to start a new public service organization or an independent service project that identifies and create visionary solutions to community needs. The Fellowship also provides health care benefits, on-line connectivity, access to a network of social entrepreneurs, training and technical assistance. The proposed project can be domestic or international, in all service areas. It must be the applicant’s original, independent idea, and applicants should have experience with the proposed service and constituency. Research projects and lobbying activities are not eligible. A full time student in a degree program can apply; however, you must have completed your studies by July at the beginning of your fellowship period.


Ella Lyman Cabot Trust Grants
Award Amount: Approx. $15,000 – $25,000
Deadline: April 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017

The Cabot Trust awards grants to support persons with charitable, religious, artistic, educational, and scientific projects that promote the good of others. Applicants should contact the Trust in writing to request application guidelines.


Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Innovation Grants at UC Berkeley
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Rolling.

Innovation Grants offered to students, faculty, and staff that are meant to encourage new and sustainable projects to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity on the UC Berkeley campus. The Division of Equity & Inclusion developed the Innovation Grants program to encourage grassroots creativity, innovation, and experimentation among campus members in addressing both long- and short-term challenges. It provides a dynamic and flexible complement to larger institutional efforts and approaches.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
Award Amount: academic year: $15,500 for a graduate student and $5,000 for an undergraduate student (academic year); and $2500 for summer (both graduate and undergraduate)
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies. These fellowships are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The purpose of the FLAS program is to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential.

At UC Berkeley, funding for FLAS Fellowships is provided by seven Title VI National Resource Centers representing various world areas, including: East Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe.


Go! Overseas Volunteer Abroad Scholarship
Award Amount: $500
Deadline: January 30, 2017

The GO! Volunteer Abroad Scholarship program supports people participating in volunteer programs abroad. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.


Graduate Assembly Student Grants and Funding Awards
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: TBD.

Each year, the Graduate Assembly dedicates one-third of its annual budget to support the funding needs of graduate student groups. The GA funds registered student groups and student publications, in addition to providing space for events.
The Graduate Assembly also offers travel awards for students presenting research at professional and student conferences.


Graduate Fellowships and Awards
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Varies.

Database of scholarships, grants and fellowships provided by the Graduate Division for Graduate students at UC Berkeley.


The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) (formerly the Center for Development of Peace and Well-being) Research Fellowship Program 
Award Amount: Up to $5000 for undergraduate students; Up to $15,000 for graduate students
Deadline: TBD. (Fellowship applications will open on February 13, 2017)

The Greater Good Science Center offers annual fellowships to UC Berkeley Undergraduate (up to $5,000) and Graduate students (up to $15,000) whose research relates to our mission. The fellowship program aims to attract scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with an emphasis on the social-behavioral sciences.


The Haas Scholars Program
Award Amount: Up to $13,800 ($3800-$5,000 summer living stipend, $1800/semester academic year living stipend, up to $5000 for research expenses, and $200 completion stipend)
Deadline: February 20, 2017

For academically talented, financial-aid-eligible undergraduates IN ALL MAJORS to engage in a sustained research, field-study or creative project — often their senior honors thesis/project — in the summer before and during their final year or semester at UC Berkeley. Please note you will be set with a faculty mentor and be expected to attend a retreat and conference. Haas scholars also take a seminar in the Fall semester (1 units, P/NP) and a writing workshop in the Spring semester.


Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowships
Award Amount: Full Financial Assistance
Deadline: March 1, 2017

The ICWA Fellowship represents a generous investment in the future of a Fellow. The ultimate aim of the ICWA Fellowship program is to cultivate deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures. The Fellowship supports a Fellow over a two year period, during which she or he carries out an immersive program of self-designed, independent study abroad. The goal is to learn about other societies, not to change them. Please note that Fellows are required to write monthly newsletters. Applicants must have a good command of written and spoken English.


Institute of International Studies Undergraduate Merit Scholarship
Award Amount: up to $2000, with the chance to win additional prizes at the Junior Scholars Conference in May 2017
Deadline: TBD.

IIS is seeking to award a series of merit scholarships of up to $2000 each to support undergraduate research in any area of international studies. Research may be conducted while in EAP, or independently. The scholarship recipients will be called IIS Junior Scholars. After completing their research projects, Junior Scholars are required to submit a four-page research summary and attend the IIS Junior Scholars Conference held in May 2017.


Jewish Community Federation (JCF) College Scholarship
Award Amount: $1,000 – $10,000
Deadline: March 31, 2017 at 11:59PM

The Jewish Community Federation (JCF) College Scholarship program serves primarily Jewish undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in academic performance, community service, and demonstrate financial need. The Federation provides 11 different scholarships for students to attend undergraduate or graduate programs at accredited nonprofit colleges or universities. Scholarships are granted based on both merit and financial need and are intended to be “last resort” funding to supplement student and family contributions, as well as other financial aid, grants, and awards.


Jewish Family and Children’s Services Students Loans, Grants, and Scholarships
Award Amount: Up to $6,000
Deadline: TBD.

The Jewish Family and Children’s Service offers Bay Area Jewish students awards on a rolling basis. Funds are prioritized for people who demonstrate financial need; however, they also make some merit based awards.


John Gardner Fellowship
Award Amount: $32,000 stipend
Deadline: February 28, 2017

The John Gardner Fellowship places three graduating seniors from UC Berkeley with a distinguished mentor in a public service, non-profit, or government organization of their choosing within the continental United States. Applicants are encouraged from any major field of study and from a wide variety of service experiences; they need only to have a strong commitment to public service.


The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize
Award Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Prize is open to Berkeley graduates who are awarded an undergraduate degree in the Fall of the year before or the Spring or Summer of the year in which the Prize is awarded in any area of study. The Stronach Prize gives students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a special project after graduation. Winning projects are creative in the broadest sense, explore themes of significant interest to holders of the Prize, and strive to further understand what constitutes humane and effective participation in our worldwide community. Proposals for humanistic research or social service projects involving the arts, humanities and social or natural sciences are welcome. The Prize cannot be used to support graduate study or any credit-granting courses.


J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize for Public Service
Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: TBD.

The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund is a prize of two thousand dollars awarded annually to one or more undergraduate or graduate college or university students in the United States seeking support for an internship in public service. The award enables students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.


The Leslie Lipson Program (Essay Prize, Scholarship, and Research Grant)
Award Amount: $2,000 for the Essay Prize; up to $10,000 per year for two years for the Scholarship; up to $3,500 for the Research Grant
Deadline: February 17, 2017 at 4 PM

For Berkeley freshmen or sophomores from any field of study with a minimum GPA of 3.5. The Leslie Lipson Program is intended to encourage undergraduate students to study humanistic values and their practical application for individuals, societies, and states. The Program consists of three components: (1) the Essay Prize, (2) the Scholarship, which is available to Essay Prize winners, and (3) the Research Grant, which is optional for Scholarship winners. Eligible freshmen and sophomores are invited to submit an original, unpublished piece to the Lipson Program essay contest on one of the Essay Topics related to humanistic values. The essay topics for each year are selected by the Lipson Committee and are available on the website.


MacArthur Discovery Grants
Award Amount: $15,000 – $500,000
Deadline: Varies.

Provides a list of grants for innovators with promising but unproven approaches to important social problems. Grants are one-time, no more than two years, with stipends between $15,000 and $500,000.


Moore Foundation Grants
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Varies.

Provides a list of grants available since 2001 concerning scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements, and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.


New York Foundation’s Summer Internship in Philanthropy
Award Amount: $525 stipend per week, for 10 weeks
Deadline: TBD.

Each summer, the New York Foundation hires an intern to oversee the Summer Internship in Community Organizing (SICO) program which enables current grantees to hire young people who are interested in exploring the field of community organizing. The internship at the New York Foundation offers a young person the opportunity to learn about philanthropy and local grant-making. The intern who is placed as an Intern for ten weeks, conducts site visits to the SICO interns, coordinates an orientation session, and writes a report about the summer program.


Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program
Award Amount: $2,000 – $6,000
Deadline: TBD. (Applications for the 2017-18 year open on March 8, 2017)

The Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program provides need-based scholarships and supports a community of undergraduate student leaders who have demonstrated a significant commitment to off-campus service activities. Students dedicate 10 to 15 hours per week in off-campus social action activities and engage in a year-long leadership development program through the Public Service Center.


Samuel Huntington Public Service Fellowship Award
Award Amount: $15,000
Deadline: January 17, 2017

This award is to allow recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or career.


Scholarship Connection at UC Berkeley
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Varies.

Scholarship Connection is UC Berkeley’s clearinghouse for information on scholarships that are funded by sources outside the University. The Scholarship Connection website is run by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (OURS). We receive hundreds of scholarship notices each year. Competition for these awards may be local, national, or international in scope, and scholarship deadlines and requirements vary.

Shuttleworth Fellowship and Flash Grants
Award Amount: Up to $250,000.
Deadline: TBD. (September 2017 applications are open)

The Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship Program funding consists of two components for each Fellow – the fellowship grant and the co-investment project funding.
The fellowship grant covers the cost of the Fellow’s time for a year and is guaranteed to the fellow for that year. The grant amount varies and is determined by each Fellow’s salary equivalent outside of the fellowship.
The co-investment project funding is the most unique part of the Fellowship Program, as Fellows are rewarded for investing in their own ideas. An amount of $250,000 is set aside per Fellow per year as potential project funding. This funding is unlocked through a light weight project pitch process and the Foundation tops up the Fellow’s own investment by adding at least 10 times as much funding from their project funding pool.
Fellows are also eligible for flash grants up to $5,000, offered twice a year in support of their work.


Social Entrepreneur Corps Programs
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Rolling.

Social Entrepreneur Corps uses dynamic international internship programs lasting between 1 – 8 weeks abroad to provide students with the knowledge, experience, skills, and ongoing support necessary to empower marginalized individuals. Participants earn a certificate titled “Social Entrepreneurship: Changemaking for Change Leaders” and work as a consultant alongside social entrerpeneurs and local partners in impact immersion programs in Latin America.


Summer Internship in Community Organizing
Award Amount: $5,770
Deadline: TBD.

The New York Foundation provides funds for summer internships in community organizing for young people. The goal is to provide young people (ages 15 to 23) with a training experience in the process of community organizing. They prioritize internship proposals that involve interns directly in organizing efforts, especially in low-income communities and communities of color.


Stevens Scholar Program
Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: TBD.

This Award is intended for UC Berkeley undergraduates in Middle Eastern Studies or other relevant majors, or graduate students in Master’s or Ph.D. programs whose work focuses on the Middle East and North Africa. Grants are awarded to defray the cost of international travel to conduct research.


The Sultan Program in Arab Studies Undergraduate Fellowship
Award Amount: $1200 (undergraduate); $4,000-$10,000 (graduate); and $18,000 (visiting scholars); and up to $5,000 for other scholarly initiatives
Deadline: February 3, 2017

The Sultan Program supports teaching, research, and public outreach on topics related to the Arab and Arab-Islamic world, with the overarching goal of promoting a deeper understanding of this important region at UC Berkeley and beyond. Grants are awarded for Visiting Scholars, Graduates, Undergraduates, and other scholarly initiatives taken upon by UC Berkeley faculty, students, and affiliates for collaborative and public outreach activities related to the Arab world.


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) at Berkeley
Award Amount: $4,000 – $6,000
Deadline: February 16, 2017 (for Summer 2017)

For Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to spend the summer doing concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis or another major capstone research project. If traveling as a SURF fellow, please note that the full amount of airfare is rarely awarded and you are encouraged to investigate other sources of travel funding.
update description: The SURF Program is made up of three different fellowships: SURF L&S, SURF Rose Hills Experience, and the SURF Rose Hills Independent.

The SURF L&S fellowship allows UC Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to spend the summer doing concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis.

The SURF Rose Hills Experience fellowship allows UC Berkeley sophomores and juniors from Southern California in certain math, science, and engineering majors (L&S, CNR, COE, C. Chem) to immerse themselves in full-time summer research supporting a research project that is designed and directed by a faculty member.

The SURF Rose Hills Independent fellowship is for UC Berkeley juniors in the summer before their senior year who are intending to do research projects of their own design as part of a senior thesis for a major. Students must have permanent residence in Southern California and be part of certain STEM majors. Graduating seniors are also eligible.


UC Berkeley Sponsored Projects Office
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Varies.

Provides links to Pivot Funding Opportunities Database, tips on external funding resources, and listes of various funding programs ranging from travel grants, limited submission programs, granst for faculty, equipment, women and minorities, etc, and Agency Links (federal, non-profit, state, University of California Grant Programs)


University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Research Grants
Award Amount: Varies.
Deadline: Varies.

Grants for researchers, top faculty members, government agencies, and community agencies to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in California. The Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities.

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