BFI Summer 2020 Graduate Student Research Fellowship


Understanding the upheaval in access to basic needs, disruption in summer research plans, and the very difficult job market that our students are facing because of COVID-19, some of the generous friends of BFI would like to help our graduate students. They have offered to create a few fellowships for summer 2020 that will support ongoing or new research.

BFI is looking to fund projects at the intersections of food, climate, and health. Topics may include, but are not limited to urban agriculture, regenerative agriculture, public health resiliency, food safety, and/or food system workers. Projects can have a COVID-19 focus, or not. Proposals will be evaluated based on the strength of the research questions and feasibility. 

Up to 400 hours between June 1 and August 15, 2020. Work can be undertaken full or part time.


  • Matriculated students will be paid under the GSR Step V title at the full time wage of $4,760/month (can be stretched across 2.5 months)
  • May 2020 graduates will be paid under the Student Assistant IV title with an hourly wage of $27.36, with tracking in CalTime, per UC policy for recent graduates


  • Matriculated master’s, professional, or PhD student at UC Berkeley 
  • May 2020 graduates are eligible to apply
  • Sponsorship from a BFI-affiliated faculty mentor

Priority will be given to:

  • Students graduating in May (though this is not a requirement)
  • Students with financial need

Application Deadline: May 11, 2020, 5pm Pacific Time

To apply, submit the following items by email as a single pdf to with the subject line “Summer 2020 Graduate Student Research Fellowship.”

  • Brief description of proposed research (up to 500 words)
    • Please include a brief statement about financial need, noting other sources of summer funding and income
    • Include an explanation of which faculty person has agreed to sponsor the research if the project is funded
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)

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