Dissertation Fellowship Program

Application period for 2018-19 dissertation fellowships has closed. Check back for profiles of our 2018-19 fellows.

IRLE is excited to launch a new IRLE Dissertation Fellowship Program for UC students conducting dissertation projects related to labor and employment. The program will offer an interdisciplinary environment for students to develop their research ideas, receive feedback on written work, and receive training in key aspects of research design, academic writing, and post-PhD career development.

Recipients must be conducting research related to IRLE’s mission and commit to engaging with IRLE’s activities during the 2018-19 academic year. IRLE seeks to promote an interdisciplinary research culture focused on improving the lives of working people, and awards fellowships in a wide range of disciplines.

Fellowship requirements: Fellows must commit to attending weekly meetings during the academic year; submitting written work for feedback by other students and UC Berkeley faculty; and providing commentary on the work of other fellows.

Fellowship Stipend: A yearly stipend of $15,000 divided into ten monthly payments will be provided to each Fellow. This fellowship does not cover tuition and fees, but may be used in combination with another award.

Eligibility: Registered UC Berkeley doctoral students who will have advanced to candidacy by Fall 2018. Students at other UC campuses who are in residence at Berkeley during the 2018-19 academic year may also be considered.

To apply

Please submit a CV, a cover letter that describes your trajectory for conducting research and completing your dissertation; a 5-page dissertation prospectus; and a writing sample (MA paper or other individual work). Your advisor should submit a letter attesting to your time to completion and expected scholarly contribution.

Contact Sara Hinkley, IRLE Associate Director, at hinkley@berkeley.edu with any questions.

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