Scholarships and fellowships provide support for new generations of students, and help keep pace with rising tuition costs. They are a key competitive tool in attracting the best and brightest students to Physics at Berkeley. Scholarships and fellowships may be endowed or supported on an annual basis. A full year’s fellowship costs approximately $35,000 for a California resident and close to $45,000 for a non-resident.
The Graduate Student Support Fund in Physics
A current use fund is used to support high-achieving graduate students enrolled in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who demonstrate high academic distinction.
The Charles H. Townes Graduate Fellowship
An endowment, the payout of which will support high-achieving graduate students in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Recipients shall be full-time graduate students who demonstrate high academic distinction. Prospective recipients will be identified, screened, and selected by the Chair of the Department of Physics or his/her designated representative.
The Sushant Singh Rajput Memorial Fund in Physics
The Sushant Singh Rajput Memorial Fund in Physics provides graduate student support in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley with a preference for students studying Astrophysics. Sushant Singh Rajput was born in India and passed on in June 2020. Alongside being a noted actor in mainstream Indian movies, he was a National Physics Olympiad winner and held a lifelong passion for astronomy and astrophysics.
The Physics Undergraduate Student Support Fund
An endowment, the payout of which will be used in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, to benefit undergraduate Physics majors in good academic standing. Recipients are selected by the Department of Physics.
The Robert P. Lin Fellowship Fund
Gifts to the Robert P. Lin Graduate Fellowship fund help support outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research related to space sciences, including students with training in Physics, Astronomy and Engineering.
The Stuart J. Freedman Memorial Fellowship Fund in Physics
The Stuart J. Freedman Memorial Fellowship Fund in Physics provides graduate fellowship support in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Erwin Hahn Graduate Fellowship in Physics
An endowment, the payout of which will be used to provide support for high-achieving graduate student(s) in the physics department at UC Berkeley. Preference is given to a student(s) studying condensed matter experiment. Professor Erwin Louis Hahn, on the faculty in the Department of Physics at UC Berkeley since 1955, passed away on September 20, 2016. He is best known for his discovery of spin echoes, which led to the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology, improving medical diagnostics and changing lives of millions of people around the world today.
If you wish to give to one of these funds, or if you have any questions, please contact:
Director of Development
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Additional Fellowships and Scholarships
Selected list of fellowships for students in the Mathematical, Physical, Computer Sciences, & Engineering
UCB Mentored Research Award (to assist diverse doctoral students in acquiring sophisticated research skills by working under faculty mentorship on their own pre-dissertation research)
UCB Dissertation Year Fellowship (to provide funding to diverse doctoral students that allow them to prioritize and focus on completing the dissertation)
UCB Graduate Division Student Parent Grant (See eligibility requirements.)
UCB Graduate Division Caregiver Grant (See eligibility requirements.)