Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowships are awarded to Critical Theory DE students with records of achievement and promising dissertation projects. Fellowships support students writing their dissertations, providing full fee remission (where required) and a full stipend, usually for a semester. Other research grants of shorter term (including summer) may also be awarded, as resources permit.

The annual fellowship is open to Critical Theory students in UC Berkeley Departments including Anthropology, Law, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Energy & Resources Group, English, Ethnic Studies, Film and Media, French, Gender and Women’s Studies, German, Geography, History, History of Art, Italian, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Rhetoric, School of Education, School of Public Health, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, and Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship are due Friday, April 30, by 4 pm.

Application Guidelines

Applicants must submit:

  • a cover letter;
  • a 2-3 page abstract of the dissertation;
  • an academic CV;
  • a letter from the dissertation adviser evaluating the project’s promise.

Applicants planning on having the prospectus approved by the end of May 2022 should explain this in the application cover letter, and should have the dissertation director, in his or her letter, evaluate the draft or proposed prospectus and the likelihood of its approval.

Applicants should specify in the cover letter whether they would prefer to have the award in the fall or spring semester.

Please submit applications to