University of California Berkeley Undergraduate Merit Scholarships for Undergraduate Study in USA

Undergraduate Merit Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: International studies
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: UC Berkeley
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The Institute of International Studies (IIS) at University of California Berkeley USA offers the IIS Undergraduate Merit Scholarship which supports undergraduate research in any area of international studies. Research may be conducted independently, in congruence with an honors thesis, or while studying abroad.

The scholarship recipients will be called IIS Junior Scholars. After completing their research projects, Junior Scholars are required to submit a four-page research summary and attend the IIS Junior Scholars Conference. Junior Scholars will present their work in poster format at the conference.

Students with the strongest research project, as determined by an IIS faculty panel, will each receive an additional $1000 prize. There will also be an opportunity to compete for the Best Poster Award, an additional $250 prize.

The Undergraduate Merit Scholarship is open to any UC Berkeley junior or senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA who has completed at least one semester of study in residence at Berkeley. All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. (Note: concurrent enrollment students are not eligible to apply.)

Eligible groups
Citizens of all countries can apply

Participating Institutions
Institute of International Studies (IIS); University of California, Berkeley; United States

Fields of study
Undergraduate research in any area of international studies

Number of awards
Not specified, several will be given

Sponsorship duration
This is a onetime financial aid award

Scholarship benefits
Merit scholarships will be up to $2500 each with the chance to win an additional $1000 for Best Research Summary or additional $250 for Best Poster at the end-of-year Junior Scholars Conference.

Method of Application
Applicants must submit a one-page research proposal that addresses:
  1. The research question;
  2. Why it is important to the field of study;
  3. Qualification to conduct the research (i.e. related past or planned coursework, languages, etc.);
  4. A preliminary research plan (including the format for research, i.e. during EAP, as an independent study, etc.).
In addition, applications must include an unofficial transcript and one letter of recommendation, which can come from a GSI or faculty member. Please ask your recommender to e-mail the recommendation letter directly to

The application webform can be found on the official website here.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this research award.

The application deadline date for the next session is due at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. No late applications will be considered.

The Institute of International Studies (IIS) at the University of California, Berkeley is a multidisciplinary organized research unit (ORU). The Institute’s mission is to support research among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates that engages issues of global concern.

The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as Berkeley, UC Berkeley, or Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868 as the result of the merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, the school is the oldest of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system. Berkeley offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines.

Application Deadline: 13 November 2018
Open to International students: Yes

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