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Graduate Fellowships for Dissertation Research

Fellowships for short-term (two to three months) predissertation and/or dissertation research in Europe during Spring / Summer / Fall for advanced UC Berkeley graduate students working on modern European topics are offered annually. These fellowship awards range from $3000-$5000 each, dependent upon funding. These are offered by both the Institute of European Studies and the EU Center of Excellence at UCB. Students from other UC campuses may apply for the EU Center grants.

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Please read the descriptions of each grant carefully as the foci vary. The schema above provides a rough visual representation of the content areas applicable to each.

Deadline: February 14 except March 7 for Berkeley Cologne

N.B., Please note that proposals on solely Russian topics should be directed to the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES).

For Center for British Studies and Portuguese Studies Programs graduate grants information, please go to their respective webpages. These grants have various deadlines.

Related or other pertinent fellowships may be avalaible from or administered by the Insitute of International Studies and the Graduate Division. Please research these sites as well.

Select External Grants are found here (separate page).

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Faculty Grants

Grants are awarded for faculty research, curriculum development, and travel for foreign language instructors. Please see descriptions below:

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IES & CGES (General) Predissertation & Dissertation Fellowships

Fellowships for short-term (two to three months) predissertation & dissertation research in Europe during Spring / Summer / Fall 2014 for graduate students working on modern European topics and enrolled at Berkeley. The Center is unable to support projects that are purely literary, philosophical, or theoretical in character. It also cannot support projects in early modern history outside the Central European field or those that deal exclusively with Russian history. These fellowships of $3000-5000 each are expected to cover two or three months' research in Europe.

Download the CGES/IES Predissertation/Dissertation Application (MSWord).

Deadline: February 14

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Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowship
To honor the memory of history Professor Gerald D. Feldman — particularly his dedication to graduate students, the Institute for European Studies has established the Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Graduate Student Fellowship.

In 1994, Gerald Feldman took over the UC Center for German and European Studies, a research center that served the ten campuses of the University of California; in 2000 the Center became part of the newly formed Institute of European Studies. Under his leadership from 1994 to 2006, both the Center and the Institute provided generous funding for students and faculty whose research focused on Europe. The creation of this Fellowship will help sustain the formidable legacy left by the Institute’s former Director.

This fellowship is in the amount of $3,500 and is open to students at UC Berkeley writing their dissertations on topics related to Europe and the European Union. Topcs should focus on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual issues, or public policy in contemporary Europe. Recipients must be advanced to candicacy. The fellowship may be used to supplement external grants.

Dissertation abstract, report of not more than three pages on the status of the dissertation, graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

Download the Application (MSWord).

Deadline: February 14

Berkeley-Austria, Berkeley-Cologne and Berkeley-Viadrina Grants
These grants are described on a separate webpage. Please go there for complete information and instructions.

Deadline: February 14


UC Berkeley — Entering Graduate Fellowships in Modern European Studies
The Center for German and European Studies announces the availability of fellowships in the amount of $10,000 ($5,000 each semester), Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 for outstanding entering UC Berkeley graduate students who demonstrate an interest in modern European studies. The sponsoring unit must agree to provide tuition and fee waivers for students who are selected. The Center will also provide a matching grant of $5,000 for a third semester (Fall 2015), provided that the nominatinug department continues the tuition and fee waiver support and agrees to provide an additional $5,000 to the student. The department’s contribution can come in the form of a GSI or GSR appointment. The student’s graduate advisor is required to write a brief narrative report on their progress each semester.

Nominations must be submitted by the sponsoring department or professional school. Nominations should include the student’s complete application file—transcripts, GRE scores, statement of purpose, letters of reference—and a letter of nomination from the department. These should be sent to:

John Efron, Director
Entering Graduate Fellowship Competition
Institute of European Studies
Center for German and European Studies
University of California
207 Moses Hall #2316
Berkeley, CA 94720-2316

If you need any additional information regarding these awards, please contact

Gia White-Forbes at (510) 642-4555 or by e-mail at

Deadline: March 7

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Foreign Language Teaching Grants 2014/15
IES (The Institute of European Studies) is pleased to announce a competition for a travel grant for Berkeley foreign language instructors of Western European languages, to support the acquisition of new information and training in language pedagogy, second-language acquisition, and applied linguistics. The competition is open to lecturers, tenure-track, and tenured faculty at UC Berkeley. Awards are for amounts up to $1000 (Some international travel restrictions apply and will be detailed at the time of the award). Applications should include the following:

  • A proposal statement describing the applicant planned travel and how it will enhance language instruction at UCB Berkeley
  • A budget
  • A curriculum vitae

Please submit these items to

Noga Wizansky, Assistant Director
National Resource Center for West European Studies
Institute of European Studies
207 Moses Hall #2316
Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
nwizansk [@]

Deadline: May 1 (or the following Monday when May 1 falls on a weekend).

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Giving to IES
Your donations help sustain our support to deserving graduate students. Please consider contributing to the IES Fellowship Program. Thank you. For more information about donating to other IES programs, please visite our donate page.

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