Undergraduate Research Funding

The Canadian Studies Program provides support to undergraduate students pursuing research on Canada for a UC Berkeley class or independent study project on a case-by-case basis. Awards are made at the director’s discretion. Undergraduate proposals are evaluated similarly to applications for the Hildebrand Graduate Fellowship.


Funding is open to undergraduate students of any citizenship enrolled at Berkeley whose research focuses primarily or comparatively on Canada. The applicant should demonstrate the potential for excellent scholarship and describe a project which will contribute to knowledge about Canada and/or the Canadian-U.S. relationship. Funds are intended to cover direct travel and research costs.


Applications are accepted throughout the academic year.


The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley. Applicants should upload the following as a single PDF here.

  • A brief (approximately 2-3 pages) proposal indicating the student’s major, the course the research is being proposed for, and a research plan and timeline.
  • A budget, showing other sources of support if applicable.
  • A transcript (unofficial copy OK).
  • A current CV, including email address and citizenship
  • A letter of recommendation from the student's course instructor or section GSI. This letter should be sent directly by the author to canada@berkeley.edu.

If you have questions, please contact: 

Canadian Studies Program 
University of California, Berkeley 
213 Moses Hall # 2308
Berkeley CA 94720-2308
(510) 642-0531