Townsend Dissertation Fellowships

The Townsend Fellowships program supports the research of faculty, advanced graduate students, and other research professionals at UC Berkeley. The purpose of the Fellowship is to further the research of the individual recipients and to enable faculty and graduate students within the humanities to meet and work with colleagues in other disciplines and departments. However, projects need not be "interdisciplinary" by definition. Awards are based on the scholarly merit of the individual applications. The selection committee will also take into consideration the research project's potential interest to scholars in different fields of the humanities and the likelihood of the applicant’s contribution to interdisciplinary discussion.

Townsend Fellowships are awarded to assistant and associate professors, graduate students completing their dissertation, as well as museum and library professionals. Fellows meet in weekly discussions for interdisciplinary peer review of work in progress. Each year a number of senior faculty and visiting postdoctoral fellows are invited to join the discussions.

Townsend Dissertation Fellows will be eligible for the Jacobson Award. The purpose of the Jacobson Award is to support innovative teaching efforts in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. An additional stipend will be awarded to one dissertation fellow. Townsend Dissertation Fellow awardees will be invited to apply for the Jacobson Award in the spring semester. Jacobson Award proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the applicant’s teaching dossier and on his/her description of a teaching-related project to be carried out during the course of the academic year.


Townsend Dissertation Fellowships are awarded to graduate students at UC Berkeley who have advanced to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) by the time of application. Once selected, Dissertation Fellows are eligible to apply for the Jacobson Award.

Grant Provision

Townsend Dissertation Fellows receive an $18,000 stipend for the academic year. The Jacobson Award for innovative teaching provides an additional $2,500 stipend to one Townsend Dissertation Fellow. The Townsend Center will also provide payment of fees depending on the availability of funds.

Townsend Dissertation Fellows may combine other fellowship awards up to the maximum amount set by the Graduate Division. Because the purpose of the Townsend Fellowship is to enable full-time research, Townsend Fellows are not eligible to teach or hold other academic appointments in the academic year during which they hold the fellowship.

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