BFI Graduate Student Fellowship

This position is funded by the UC Global Food Initiative. 

Call for Applications: The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) invites applications for a graduate student fellowship opportunity funded by the University of California Global Food Initiative (UCGFI). This fellowship will allow an outstanding student to serve as the Berkeley Food Institute Graduate Student Fellow.

Compensation: Up to 150 hours of work at $27.36/hour (Approximately 5 hours per week for the academic year)

Application Deadline: May 25, 2020, at 5pm Pacific Time

Applicant must be a matriculated graduate student at UC Berkeley. To apply, submit the following items as a single pdf to with the subject line “Berkeley Food Institute Graduate Student Fellow.”

  1. Cover letter stating your reasons for application to this fellowship and a summary of most relevant experiences, skills, and/or education.
  2. Resume (limit 2 pages).
  3. Contact information for 2 references. One should be a professor or major advisor.

About the Fellowship:
Background on the UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program:
The overarching goal of the University of California Global Food Initiative is “to harness the resources of the University of California—its research, people, expertise, and tradition of public service—to put the world on a pathway to feed itself in ways that are nutritious and sustainable.” To engage students in this effort, the UC Office of the President has funded the UCGFI Student Fellowship Program since 2014.

Berkeley Food Institute Graduate Student Fellow: This position will work closely with the Berkeley Food Institute staff to increase graduate student opportunities in campus food and agriculture-related activities.


  • Take an active role in the BFI Graduate Student Council and facilitate communication with BFI and the public; collaborate with the BFI Undergraduate Student Council.
  • Promote the Graduate Certificate in Food Systems through class visits.
  • Contribute to development and fundraising for BFI graduate student program and curricular development.
  • Serve as the graduate student representative of the BFI executive committee (4 meetings per year).
  • If possible, participate in statewide UCGFI systemwide activities.


  • Matriculated graduate student at UC Berkeley.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, particularly in regards to interpersonal communications across diverse groups.
  • Experience with facilitation, relationship-building, and project coordination among diverse people and programs.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a group setting; ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovation, and commitment.
  • Ability to foresee, identify, and recommend solutions in the position’s areas of responsibility.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated skills in cultural competence.
  • Interest and experience in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience and the Berkeley Food Institute mission.
  • Work experience and/or public service related to food and/or agriculture in a leadership role.
  • Comfort with hard work.
  • Professionalism, courtesy, punctuality, and good humor.

Systemwide activities for the UCGFI Fellowship program will begin with an orientation on July 7, 2020 over Zoom. Systemwide activities and funded by the UC Global Food Initiative above and beyond the fellowship award, and will also include leadership retreats, a spring 2021 field trip, and a closing symposium and poster presentation to be held in conjunction with the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) in June/July 2021. Please note that all UCGFI Student Fellows are expected to attend the systemwide events, if possible.

Direct any questions to BFI Program Manager Rosalie Z. Fanshel at

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