Pre-Dissertation Research Grant in International Studies

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The Pre-Dissertation Research Grant in International Studies supports UC Berkeley graduate students who have not yet advanced to candidacy and who plan to do research in international studies, in the broadest sense. Grants are intended to support travel, lodging, and research-related expenditures for graduate students who are conducting research away from campus. After completing their projects, grant recipients are required to submit a one-page report and give a brief presentation of their work at the IIS Pre-Dissertation Graduate Student Conference held at the beginning of the Fall semester. 

Eligible students must submit an application that includes:

  • A description of the proposed research (up to two pages);
  • A CV (up to two pages);
  • A one-page budget plan;
  • A list of all other sources of financial support for the academic year (including summer);
  • An unofficial UC Berkeley transcript;
  • One letter of reference from a faculty member, emailed directly to iis.grants [at] (subject line: "Recommendation Letter for [Last Name, First Name], Pre-Dissertation Research Grant"). 

The application webform can be found here.

Open to any full-time, registered, UC Berkeley graduate student who has not yet obtained ABD status by the application deadline.

Students from all departments are eligible.

Applicants can receive a maximum of one IIS grant per year.

Up to $5000.  

March 15.