DCRP and UC Berkeley offer multiple types of financial support to its graduate students. The Graduate Division website describes the various forms of support, including information on Academic Student Employee (ASE) appointments and fee remissions, related salaries and appointment requirements.
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Appointments
- DCRP offers some twenty GSI appointments per semester in undergraduate and graduate level courses. These appointments are made at 25-50% time (10-20hrs/week) for a full five months and typically include a partial fee remission in addition to a monthly salary. Applications are announced in mid-semester for the following semester, and students in CED apply via a common application portal, TANGO. Qualified candidates must acquaint themselves with UC policies on GSI appointments:
- The GSI Teaching and Resource Center provides more information on required courses, the first time GSI conference, and tracks eligibility.
- GSI appointments in DCRP are allocated as first priority to PhD students, then continuing MCP students. First semester MCP students are rarely hired as GSIs.
Graduate Student Research (GSR) Appointments
Faculty hire GSRs based on available research funding throughout the year. GSR appointments may be short term or up to a year in length, and may or may not include a fee remission. Salary is based on the complexity of assigned work, and skill-set of the student. As faculty grants are approved at various times during the year, we encourage students to contact faculty directly and to pay attention to email notices of new GSR appointments. The vast majority of GSR appointments are through one of the campus ORUs (organized research units), such as Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) in CED. More information on GSR appointments can be found on Graduate Division website.
Student Assistant Appointments
- Some number of Student Assistant appointments are available during the academic year, either working for faculty or for departments. Students who have loans may convert part of their loans to Federal Work-Study thus reducing their loans by working.
- Salaries will vary depending on complexity of work assigned and skill-set required. Some Student Assistant appointments may also be short term and not offer a fee remission.
DCRP and UC Berkeley offer multiple types of graduate fellowships:
- Some fellowships are highly competitive and granted only to incoming PhD students.
- Some fellowships are awarded to PhD and MCP students by DCRP based on merit, need, and/or diversity.
- Many students successfully also apply for external fellowships and grants.
PhD Students in DCRP are awarded multi-year offers that often cover the normative time or five years. These offers vary from competitive UC awards such as the Berkeley Fellowship to departmental awards that include fellowship and ASE appointments. UC offers a full year of DCF or Dissertation Completion Fellowship which covers in-state tuition and provides a fellowship stipend.
MCP Student awards range from the UC Graduate Opportunity Award (GOP) targeted specifically towards diversity applicants, to departmental awards such as Block Grants, PDST awards, UCConnect awards for U.S. transportation students, and other departmental fellowships.
Incoming MCP students’ awards are primarily based on merit, with a select few based on diversity (GOP). These awards cover some part of tuition for one or two semesters in the first year, and/or provide a fellowship stipend. Award levels vary from $3,000 on up, and are typically higher in the first year than provided in the second year of study.
Continuing students and incoming students who have not received initial funding offers are able to submit fellowship applications in early August for need-based support. The MCP Program Committee reviews the requests and may award limited fellowships to students who will not hold appointments and can demonstrate need and merit. A final round of need-based awards are made for Spring semester in late Fall, depending on available fellowship resources. Graduate Advisors send out the solicitation for applications in early August and again in January.
Other Types of Financial Aid
We recognize the cost of graduate education and the need for many students to seek out other types of aid during their studies, including obtaining loans. The UC Berkeley Financial Aid office works with students who need to learn of additional forms of funding.
International students are eligible for most DCRP and UC fellowships; however they have special requirements for obtaining visa and entry to the U.S. and must show proof of funding for a minimum of one year. The Berkeley International Office offers comprehensive services to international students on obtaining visas, financial aid, housing etc.
- Incoming international students MUST ATTEND the International Graduate Students Orientation!
- The Berkeley International Office calendar lists all events and webinars.
All U.S. citizens and residents who are in receipt of any type of financial aid or fellowships MUST file the FAFSA.