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Fellowships and Awards

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Overview

The Bancroft Library is pleased to offer numerous fellowships and awards. Please see individual awards pages for details on eligibility, scope of funds, and timelines.

Graduate Fellowships

Undergraduate Fellowships

Independent Scholar Fellowships

How to Apply


Graduate Fellowships

  • The Bancroft Library Hill Study Award assists advanced graduate students from any University of California campus and is funded by the Kenneth E. and Dorothy V. Hill Fellowship Fund. Not offered every academic year.
  • The Bancroft Library Meylan Study Award assists advanced graduate students from any recognized institution of higher education in the United States or abroad, and is funded by the Edward F. and Marianne E. Meylan Fellowship Fund. Not offered every academic year.
  • The Bancroft Library Summer Study Award assists advanced graduate students from any University of California campus and is funded by the Friends of the Bancroft Library.
  • The Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship, established in memory of Professor of Rhetoric Arthur Quinn (1942-1997), supports research by doctoral candidates in the history of California.
  • The Gunther Barth Fellowship supports undergraduate or graduate students researching the 19th-century history of the North American West. $2500
  • The Reese Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports work relating to either systematic bibliography of any part of the Western Hemisphere, or any investigation of the history of the book in the Americas. $2500
  • The Robert E. Levinson Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports original research relating to the depth and breadth of the Jewish experience in California from 1848 to 1915. $1000
  • The Donald Sidney-Fryer Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports research relating to the Clark Ashton Smith’s literary circle. $2500

Undergraduate Fellowships

  • The Meyers-Putnam Family Bancroft Library Fellowship supports research at The Bancroft Library by undergraduates enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley. $1000
  • The Hill-Shumate Book Collecting Prize was established by Kenneth E. Hill and Albert Shumate to encourage Berkeley undergraduate students to collect books.
  • The Gunther Barth Fellowship supports undergraduate or graduate students researching the 19th-century history of the North American West. $2500
  • The Robert E. Levinson Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports original research relating to the depth and breadth of the Jewish experience in California from 1848 to 1915. $1000
  • The Reese Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports work relating to either systematic bibliography of any part of the Western Hemisphere, or any investigation of the history of the book in the Americas. $2500
  • The Donald Sidney-Fryer Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports research relating to the Clark Ashton Smith’s literary circle. $2500

Independent Scholar Fellowships

  • The Reese Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports work relating to either systematic bibliography of any part of the Western Hemisphere, or any investigation of the history of the book in the Americas. $2500
  • The Robert E. Levinson Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports original research relating to the depth and breadth of the Jewish experience in California from 1848 to 1915. $1000
  • The Donald Sidney-Fryer Fellowship, available to qualified researchers, supports research relating to the Clark Ashton Smith’s literary circle. $2500

Affiliated Fellowships

How to Apply: Application Forms and Submission Instructions

The Fellowships and Prizes forms may be requested from The Bancroft Library Administrative Office (510-642-3782) or downloaded below.  Application deadline is the first Monday in February by 5 p.m. Be sure to include your name and contact info on ALL elements of your submission.

Applications for The Bancroft Study Award and assorted Fellowships require submission of:

1) Fellowship Application Form

2) Letters of Recommendation

3) Statement of Purpose (1,000 words or less, one-sided, double-spaced, 12 size font, your name and page numbers on all pages)

4) Transcripts

  • For undergraduate fellowships: Unofficial transcript
  • For graduate fellowships: Sealed official transcripts of all college and university work
  • For independent scholar fellowships: No transcripts needed

Please note:  Some fellowships require additional material for application submission. Refer to their respective pages for further details.

Submit your application in writing to:

Bancroft Library Fellowship Committee
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Attn: Diana Vergil

Or by email to:

dvergil@library.berkeley.edu

All applications and awards will be made within the framework of existing fellowship programs.

Awards will be announced each spring at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of The Bancroft Library. Winners should plan to attend the Annual Meeting.

For all questions please call Diana Vergil at (510) 642-3782.