The Financial Aid office has devised a list of expected expenses based on tuition, fees and the average cost of living essentials in the Berkeley area. Please be aware that actual expenses may vary depending on life-styles, priorities and obligations. Moreover, this budget changes every year to account for inflation, changes in tuition and fees, etc. US citizens and permanent residents can acquire California residency after proving with appropriate documentation that they have spent one year in the state, even as a full-time student.
The Department of Demography has several fellowships through which it tries to provide financial support to most students. The process is competitive and contingent on availability of grants and a student's academic performance. The Department's training grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIA) provides financial support to US residents covering tuition, fees and monthly stipends. In addition, the Department has a good track record of obtaining University fellowships for students, as well as other University grants. Financial support is also available to students who work as Graduate Student Instructors or Graduate Students Researchers (GSRs) with professors both within and outside the Department. The Office of Financial Aid at UC Berkeley, as well as US Government agencies, foreign governments, the United Nations, and philanthropic agencies and foundations such as the Population Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Scholarship, and others, also provide fellowships to individual applicants.
Additional information can be found on these campus websites:
- Office of Financial Aid: General introduction to fellowships and other types of aid.
- Graduate Division's Fellowship Resources: The most complete guide, including links to other fellowship online searches, fellowship information specifically for UCB applicants, university sponsored fellowships and a selection of more popular outside fellowships, arranged by due date. Also information on the California Dream Act of 2011.
- Graduate Fellowships Handbook (pdf): A general guide to the process on the UC Berkeley campus.
- Graduate Guide to Financial Support: Graduate Division's fellowships and financial support webpage.
- Graduate Division's Fellowships Factsheet: A factsheet for fellowships information for graduate students.
- Fellowships deadlines: Includes links to downloadable versions of many university sponsored fellowships, especially those related to continuing students.
- Student Appointments: A guide to GSI, GSR, Reader and Tutor appointments on campus.
Applicants must pay close attention to deadlines! If you want to be considered for University fellowships, your deadline is usually mid-December of the year previous to your targeted admission date.