Edward E. Hildebrand Graduate Research Fellowship

Edward and Ann HildebrandThe Edward E. Hildebrand Fellowship Fund for Berkeley was established from the bequest of Edward Eric Hildebrand, MD, born and trained in Canada and formerly of Fresno, California, in support of graduate students pursuing a course of study on a Canadian topic. For application process see below.


The fellowship competition is open to graduate 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 for direct travel and research costs. Maintenance and/or tuition costs may be considered under rare circumstances, and only in the final stage of the student’s dissertation writing.

Several fellowships per year are typically awarded, with an average award of $5,000. Awards are available for both academic year and summer research.  Fellowships may be awarded more than once but a new application is required each semester. Students are required to submit a brief report of progress made under the grant. Students who have received Hildebrand support in the past may reapply for travel and research funds. Hildebrand fellows are expected to participate in the interdisciplinary activities of the Program, including our Canadian Studies luncheon talks and other events on a wide range of topics. Fellowship recipients are expected to share their work at a Canadian Studies luncheon colloquium after completing their research.


For Spring 2024 research, December 8, 2023
For Summer 2024 research, April 1, 2024
For Fall 2023 research, May 3, 2024

Note: Students may apply for both a summer award, and an academic year award. An applicant is not disqualified for an academic year award after receiving a summer award.


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

  • A brief (approximately 2-3 pages) proposal indicating the student’s degree goal, research plan and timeline, and need for fellowship support.
  • 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 graduate advisor. This letter should be sent by the directly by the author to canada@berkeley.edu.

If you have questions, please contact:

The Canadian Studies Program
UC Berkeley
213 Philosophy Hall # 2308
Berkeley CA 94720-2308
(510) 642-0531