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Fellowships and Awards

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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

  • The Bancroft Library Study Award assists advanced graduate students and is funded by the Friends of the Bancroft Library.
  • The Gunther Barth Fellowship supports undergraduate or graduate students researching the 19th-century history of the North American West.
  • 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.
  • The Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship, established in memory of Professor of Rhetoric Arthur Quinn (1942-1997), support research by doctoral candidates in the history of California.
  • 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.

Undergraduate Fellowships

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 gradurate fellowships: Sealed official transcripts of all college and university work

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:


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.