The Graduate Awards


The Hellman Graduate Awards is a pilot program developed in 2014 in partnership with UC Berkeley to provide doctoral student support on campus. The goal of the grant is to enhance funding packages for new or continuing students during their studies at UCB and is open to any field on campus.

Hellman Fellows

The Hellman Graduate Awards is aligned with the existing UC Berkeley Hellman Fellows program for mutual benefit. Nominations for Hellman Graduate Awards are limited to Hellman Fellows on the UCB campus, providing an opportunity for a Hellman Fellow to:

• Attract or retain a graduate student of their choosing

• Manage the use of the funding over the life of the award to meet student needs

• Provide additional research experiences available to doctoral students

• Mentorship to a rising scholar


A minimum of 14 Hellman Graduate Awards will be made annually over the next three years. Each award is up to $35,000, which may used to support student tuition, fees, or stipends over a maximum of 5 years. No more than $20,000 may be spent in any one year.


The UCB Graduate Award may be considered for replication on additional campuses after, but is dependent on the assessment of impact and financial feasibility.