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The Gateway Fellowship Program

In collaboration with the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, International House offers one-year awards (Gateway Fellowships) for first-year or continuing students in any Doctoral Program, or a Master’s Degree in Public Health Program. Priority preference is given to new incoming graduate students. Only those with financial need are eligible. Recipients receive one academic year of single-occupancy room and board at International House, fees and tuition paid by the student’s academic department, and a $5,000 stipend from the University of California Graduate Division. To be considered for this award, applicants must be admitted to UC Berkeley for the following academic year, are able to reside in a single-occupancy room at International House, and be nominated by their academic department.

UC Berkeley Graduate Academic Departments are invited to nominate top Incoming (preferred) Ph.D. students, especially if they fit a priority preference of a particular Gateway Fellowship criteria and eligibility. Nominations may be submitted beginning January 17, 2017 for the 2017-18 academic year.

The more difficult to match countries or academic areas that are especially requested are MPH students, and Ph.D. students from Norway, Egypt, Saudi Arabia (or a Gulf Cooperative State studying Chemistry, Earth Science, Mechanical Engineering or Geology), or students in Physics or Astrophysics and US graduate students who are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. 

If funds are available, the Gateway Fellowships listed in this criteria document will be awarded for this coming year.

UC Berkeley Graduate Student Advisors and Deans: Use this Gateway Nomination Form to nominate your candidates. The priority deadline is March 15, 2017.

Please email ihousefinancialaid@berkeley.edu to let us know that you have submitted your nomination. Thank you.


Announcing the 2017-2018 Gateway Fellows

Chevron-Xenel PhD Gateway Fellowship

Zhongriu Li


Chemical Engineering

El Toukhy East-West Gateway Fellowship

Salma Elmallah


Energy and Resources

EWJ 1 Gateway Fellowship

Adelson Chua


Electrical Engineering &
Computer Science (EECS)

EWJ 2 Gateway Fellowship

Jorge Garza Vargas


Chemical Engineering

Carl and Betty Helmholz Gateway Fellowship

Samuel Itskanov



Joe Lurie Returning Peace Corps Volunteer Gateway Fellowship

Austin Land


Public Policy

Open Gateway Fellowship

Tijana Zrnic


Electrical Engineering &
Computer Science (EECS)

Allan and Kathleen Rosevear Gateway Fellowship

Sui Man (Nicole) Luk

Hong Kong


Adrian Hao Yin Ü Gateway Fellowship

Shizhan Zhu


Electrical Engineering &
Computer Science (EECS)

Joan and Egon von Kaschnitz Gateway Fellowship

Chris Mario Moeckel


Earth and Planetary Science

Rafael Rodriguez Golden Age Fellowship*

Heyuan Liu


Industrial Engineering & Operations Research


*The Rafael Rodriguez Golden Age Fellowship was the model for the current Gateway Fellowships.

Previous Gateway Fellows


The Rafael Rodriguez/Golden Age Fellowship is a similar fellowship for one PhD student each year. Nominations are submitted by the student’s department to the Graduate Division. For information, visit: ​http://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/apply/, and check the departmental deadline on http://grad.berkeley.edu/programs/list/.