Fellowships and Financial Aid
Fellowships and other forms of financial assistance are offered by the UC Berkeley Graduate Division of the university and by the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program.
Many students entering the JSP program are awarded multi-year fellowships from the Graduate Division or through JSP’s own Selznick Fellowships (named for Philip Selznick who co-founded the program with Sanford Kadish). Additional financial support is offered through the program in the form of teaching assistantships in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program. Typically such teaching assistantships are available to all who apply. Those applying for Graduate Division fellowships will also be automatically considered for all the financial assistance administered by the program. While we cannot currently make a multi-year funding guarantee to every admitted student, we are committed to making the program realistically affordable to every person we admit. We work with each admitted student who has not received a Graduate Division or Selznick Fellowship, to craft a plan involving teaching assistantships, smaller fellowship awards, and application for continuing student fellowships.
Because university-provided financial assistance is limited, students are strongly encouraged to apply also to private foundation and government agencies that support graduate study at American universities. Students in the JSP program have been particularly successful in obtaining Mellon, Javits Fulbright and NSF fellowships. See the Graduate Division web site for additional information on these and other extramural funding opportunities.