John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies

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This research fellowship is a memorial to John L. Simpson to support research in comparative studies that analyzes similarities and differences among societies and states, with respect to social, cultural, political, and economic structures and policies, including patterns of these relationships in global and transnational systems. During his long, illustrious career, Mr. Simpson was awarded the two highest honors bestowed by the University: the Gold Medal for Outstanding Scholar in 1913 and, at Charter Day in 1960, a Doctor of Laws degree for his many years of distinguished public service. This included prominent participation in American relief efforts in Europe during and after World War I, service with a State Department mission to the Allied Control commission in Italy during the later stages of World War II, and early membership in the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and the Foreign Policy Association. Mr. Simpson served as President of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and was decorated by the French Legion of Honor and the Belgian Order of the Crown. Within the broad category of international/comparative studies, the Institute of International Studies has identified five topics that take priority. 

Within the broad category of international/comparative studies, the Institute of International Studies has identified five topics that take priority. While special consideration will be given to proposals addressing one or more of these topics, proposals on other themes will also be considered. The five priority topics include:

  1. Transnational and global economic processes (such as major changes in the global economy), including the implications of regional and global trade organizations such as GATT, NAFTA, and WTO for international trade, patterns of foreign direct investment among the developed countries, U.S.-China economic relations, relations between BRICs and the U.S. and E.U., the emergence of new fora such as the G20, growing challenges for the EU, the integration of developing economies and Eastern bloc economies into world trade and capital markets, the dynamics of market transitions, and global financial regulation.
  2. International peace and security issues (such as the search for new security definitions) that address problems including regional conflict, and the struggle over resources; arms trade, proliferation, and conversion; the domestic roots of international behavior; cooperation and the building of new international institutions; multilateralism in the post-Cold War period; and terrorism and counterinsurgency campaigns.
  3. International environmental issues and prospects for sustainable development, including the implications of changing technologies for both the development and resolution of global environmental problems; the political ecology of development in particular regions of the world, climate change, and alternative local and global institutional structures for a new international order to reverse the deterioration of the global environment.
  4. International demographic trends, including demographic transitions, rapid urbanization, internal and international migration, reproductive rights and the economics of population growth relevant to substantive theoretical areas in anthropology, economics, history, sociology, and international relations.
  5. Comparative development and modernities involving the dynamics of economic, social, cultural, and political change and the development of civil society in regions such as Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Western Europe, and the republics of the former Soviet Union.

The application for the John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship can be found here.

Please submit only ONE LETTER of recommendation. Ask your recommender to e-mail the recommendation letter directly to iis.grants [at] (subject line: “Recommendation Letter for Last Name, First Name; Bendix/Sharlin/Simpson”).

All UC Berkeley graduate students in good standing who will formally advance to candidacy (will have satisfied all requirements of the Ph.D. except the dissertation) by the Fall of the fellowship term, may apply. Funds will not be available until the student has advanced to candidacy. Students must be registered with Graduate Division for their award term. Students are eligible for support regardless of previous fellowships from other sources. The award amount is at the discretion of the committee. Requests for tuition and fee costs as separate items will not be considered.

While you are welcome to apply for all three graduate fellowships (Bendix, Sharlin, Simpson), the total award amount cannot exceed $15,000.

Details will be announced soon.