Frequently Asked Questions: Undergraduate Fellows

For information on the Undergraduate Fellowship please consult our FAQs below. Should further clarification be necessary, do not hesitate to contact us at:

What is the Undergraduate Fellowship Program?

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

What will I get out of this experience?

Fellows will benefit from this experience in the following ways:

  • The opportunity to work side-by-side with and learn from a faculty or graduate student mentor.
  • Develop key skills including statistical programming, map-making, 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. Workshops and seminar series include MIRTH, Global History, Global Security Policy and Comparative Politics Colloquium.
  • Regular meetings that offer additional programming and opportunities for fellows to connect with each other informally.
  • A $1000 stipend awarded in two increments at the end of each semester, contingent upon completion of assignments.

Will the stipend have an impact on my tax situation (for international students) or my financial aid package?

IIS/CPD are not in a position to provide advice regarding tax related concerns or the impact of grant funding on financial aid packages. We do, however, encourage students to consult with their graduate advisor at their respective departments for further guidance.

What are the project topics?

To learn more about participating mentors and their research projects, visit the IIS and CPD website.

Do I have to apply for a specific project in order to qualify for the fellowship?

Yes, and we recommend that you select one or more projects that align with your personal interests and/or that you have prior knowledge about.

Can I apply for more than one project?

Yes, you can apply for up to three projects. If you are selected to proceed to the next stage of the process, you might not get your first choice or the opportunity to interview for all projects you applied for.

If selected as a fellow, how much time would I have to commit to working on a project?

Fellows are expected to commit 25-30 hours per semester (1-2 hours/per week) to supporting their mentor’s research project. For fellows who can dedicate more time to the fellowship, the time commitment can potentially be increased, if supported by the mentor. The stipend amount will be increased to reflect the increased time commitment. We recommend that you openly communicate with your mentor about your availability in the beginning and throughout the fellowship.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants must currently be enrolled at UC Berkeley and have completed at least one  semester of study in residence. All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. Mentors may require specific skills relevant to their research project.

Does it matter if I already receive funding from other sources?

Students are eligible for support regardless of previous fellowships or fellowships from other sources.

What is required to apply?

Please fill out the application form which can be accessed here. You will also be required to upload a cover letter and your resume.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is EOB September 8, 2022.

What are the next steps after I submit my application?

The applications for each project will be shared with the respective mentors who will in turn reach out and set up interviews with their selected candidates. Applicants will be notified by the end of September.

What should I do if the collaboration with my mentor is not going well?

Getting on the same page about expectations and maintaining regular and open communication are key to a successful mentoring relationship. If conflict arises that cannot be resolved through conversation, fellows are encouraged to reach out to the IIS Program Manager for additional support.