Programs

The Townsend Fellowships program supports the research of faculty, advanced graduate students and other research professionals at UC Berkeley. Fellows meet in weekly discussions for peer review of work in progress.

Discovery Fellowships are awarded to graduate students at the early stages of their careers to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange. Fellows form an ongoing discussion group and work as summer research assistants.

Graduate Seminars are four-week graduate courses that reach across disciplines. They are led by distinguished scholars and artists in residence who also deliver lectures and take part in public events on campus.

The Collaborative Research Seminars are designed to direct Berkeley’s unique intellectual resources toward large, cross-disciplinary topics and to encourage collaborative work among faculty and advanced graduate students.

Townsend Center Working Groups bring together faculty and graduate students from various fields in an effort to create scholarly dialogue and foster the free exchange of ideas on shared research interests.

Course Threads encourage undergraduates to enrich their studies by exploring a select number of intellectual themes and questions that connect courses across existing departments and disciplines.

The Art of Writing helps prepare undergraduates to write lucidly, directly, and eloquently in a variety of styles. At the heart of the program, seminars create collaborative and intimate writing communities.

The Townsend Center provides small grants for partial funding of public conferences, lectures, and symposia taking place at UC Berkeley. In considering applications, priority is given to proposals that directly involve Berkeley faculty and graduate students in the humanities.