Undergraduate Fellowship in International Studies

How it Works

The Undergraduate Fellows Program is a year-long fellowship and joint initiative offered by IIS and CPD. The program presents a unique opportunity for a selective group of undergraduate students to work side-by-side with IIS/CPD affiliated faculty and graduate-level research associates on conducting original research.


  • The opportunity to work with and learn from a faculty or graduate student mentor.
  • Develop key skills and knowledge necessary to study the analysis of international affairs and/or the politics of developing  countries. 
  • Access to various seminars and workshops where scholars from UC Berkeley and other top universities present their projects providing unique insight into the theories and methods used by experts, and exposure to the larger interdisciplinary research  community. 
  • Regular meetings featuring additional programming and opportunities for fellows to connect informally.
  • A $1000-2000 stipend awarded in two increments at the end of each semester, contingent  upon completion of assignments. 


Applicants must be enrolled at UC Berkeley for the duration of the fellowship and have completed at least one semester of study in residence (first year transfer students are also welcome to apply). All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

Apply HERE

  1. Review Fellowship Projects 2023-24 on the right
  2. Select up to two projects that align with your interests and skills 
  3. Hit the above HERE button to be directed to the application form

Please note that you will be asked to provide 1) a 2-page cover letter describing what you are hoping to gain from the program, your interest in each specific project you selected, and what makes you an excellent candidate 2) an updated resume. 

The Application Deadline is EOB on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.