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. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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 proposal (approximately 2-3 pages) indicating the student’s major, the research is being proposed for, and a research plan and timeline. The program will consider research or other expenses that advance a student's academic goals.
  • 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 faculty mentor, course instructor or section GSI. This letter should be sent directly by the author to canada@berkeley.edu.

If you have questions, please contact:

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