Institute of International Studies (IIS) Undergraduate Merit Scholarships for All Students

Institute of International Studies (IIS) Undergraduate Merit Scholarships for All StudentsCourse: International studies
Level: Undergraduate
Provider: UC Berkeley
For Which Country: USA

Scholarship Description: The Institute of International Studies (IIS) at UC Berkeley is seeking to award a series of merit scholarships of up to $2000 each to support undergraduate research in any area of International Studies. Research may be conducted while in EAP, or independently.

The scholarship recipients will be called IIS Junior Scholars. After completing their research projects, all Junior Scholars are required to submit a four-page research summary and attend the IIS Junior Scholars Conference held on-campus at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Several Junior Scholars will be asked to present their work in poster format at the Junior Scholars Conference.

Junior scholars 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. 

Eligibility: 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 $2000 each. An additional $1000 prize will be awarded to the strongest research papers (as determined by an IIS faculty panel). There will also be an opportunity to compete for the Best Poster Award, an additional $250 prize.

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.

Submission Instructions: E-mail all required application components (as detailed above) as one .pdf document to

DEADLINES: The application deadline date is yet to be announced for the next session. However, for the last academic session, it was Monday, November 26, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: Please ask your recommender to e-mail the recommendation letter directly to

Application Deadline: November, 2013

Open to International Students: Yes