Student Fellowships

Can I seek funding from other sources? Will it hurt my chances of getting the fellowship?

You may seek other funding. Other sources of funding will be one of many factors considered by the selection committee, and applicants should not feel discouraged to apply if they have other sources of funding. Berkeley Law students specifically are expected to apply for and receive and Edley grant, which HRC's stipend will supplement.

How do I choose a partner organization? Does the partner organization have to be selected from the list on the website?

You are free to choose any partner organization you wish. We occasionally feature organizations that have expressed interest in working with fellows on our website, but you do not need to apply to work with these organizations to be considered for the fellowship. For more ideas on partner organizations, see the list of organizations previous fellows have partnered with on the HRC website in the "current fellows" and "alumni" pages. Applicants have also researched potential partner organizations at,, and

What should the partner organization letter include?

The mission of the organization and how it works to achieve that mission. Your project’s goals and how they relate to the overall objectives of the organization. Your project’s contribution to the organization’s mission and the community it serves. Your previous relationship with the organization, if applicable. The broad work arrangement you've agreed on with the organization to avoid later confusion: amount of hours per week (or will it be variable), work location(s), approximate start/end dates or amount of days to be worked. If these questions will be determined later, that may be stated...

I want to travel abroad during the Fall semester. Can I still apply?

Since the fellowship requires participation in the post-fieldwork gathering in September and presentation at the formal conference in early November on Berkeley campus, we recommend that students with plans to travel abroad during the Fall semester not apply. If you have questions about your specific circumstances, email Alexey Berlind at

May I submit a paper application?

This year, we are using an electronic application process. All applications should be submitted via our online application form (except for the letters of recommendation to be submitted separately to If you require a paper application for any reason, please contact Alexey Berlind at

When should I plan to carry out my fieldwork?

The fellowship is intended to support summer fieldwork conducted between May 15 and September 15. Fellows are expected to spend at least 6-8 weeks full-time or equivalency working on the project.

Do I need to seek approval from the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects?

If you are conducting research, your project may require approval from CPHS. For more information, please speak to your faculty advisor and visit the CPHS website ( Fellowship awards are not contingent upon CPHS approval.

I am graduating; this is my last year as a UC student. Can I still apply?

If you are graduating in May of the year you apply for the fellowship, you can still apply. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept students graduating the December prior to applying for the fellowship. If you wish to apply as a graduating student, please confirm in your application that you will be able to complete all of the fellowship requirements, including participation in the post-fieldwork gathering in September and presentation at the formal conference in early November on the UC Berkeley campus.