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IES offers a wide range of opportunities for graduate students to enhance their coursework, support their research, and create a community of Europeanists.

Designated Emphasis in European Studies

Launched in 2016, the Designated Emphasis (D.E.) in European Studies provides curricular and research resources for students who want to concentrate on European Studies within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized in their degree designation. Administered by the Graduate Group in European Studies, in cooperation with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), the D.E. provides students with a formal certification and offers a unique context for rigorous cross-disciplinary research. The program helps advance Berkeley’s position as one of the nation’s leading centers of European Studies, and facilitates research in and cooperation with other European universities.

Click here for more information about D.E. admission and application requirements.


Masters and Ph.D. Programs

The Disciplinary M.A./Ph.D. in a European Language is available from 7 departments: Classics, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Turkish, and  Spanish & Portuguese.

The M.A. in Global Studies is a one-year interdisciplinary degree program designed for students who seek expertise in contemporary international issues and/or detailed knowledge about particular world regions.

The Professional M.A./J.D./Ph.D. with European Studies emphasis is also available to all graduate students in professional programs.


Grants and Fellowships

IES offers a range of fellowships for graduate students, including: Entering Graduate Student Fellowships, Pre-Dissertation and Dissertation Grants for students focusing on Europe, Pre-Dissertation grants for students focusing on Lusophone communities and issues, and Pre-Dissertation and Dissertation grants for students focusing on Britain and intending to travel to the UK to either prepare a dissertation proposal or finish their research in the UK.

Graduate students may also apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies awards to support language training during the summer or academic year.

For a complete list of opportunities, visit our grants page.


Working Groups

Der Kreis is the UC Berkeley working group for nineteenth and twentieth century German history and culture. Open to discussions of all historical methodologies, Der Kreis brings together an interdisciplinary group of graduate students, faculty, postdocs and visiting scholars to engage with trends in current historiography and present their own research. The working group serves two primary purposes. First, it provides a forum for advanced Berkeley graduate students to workshop dissertation chapters and articles in progress. Second, Der Kreis invites leading scholars to present and discuss their research with Berkeley graduate students and faculty. Der Kreis meets on a bi-weekly schedule during the semester, usually on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Visit the website for a continuously updated program, as well as a backlog of past events and a membership roster. Please contact co-chairs Jonathan Lear and Sara Friedman for more information.

The IES European Politics Working Group is designed for graduate students to workshop their own in-progress papers, proposals, prospectuses, and dissertation chapters with others who share substantive knowledge of European Politics. While the group does focus on political topics, it is not limited to political science students; students from other departments with papers focusing on politics are welcome to join. For more information, contact graduate student coordinator Matthew Stenberg (


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