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Financial Aid

I-House impacts the world by producing global citizens equipped with stellar leadership skills and intercultural expertise. Fulfilling this mission begins by assisting students from diverse national and socioeconomic backgrounds the ability to access the “I-House Experience.
The purpose of the I-House Financial Aid program is to offer UC Berkeley students who demonstrate financial need, an opportunity to experience first-hand, cultures from all over the world while enabling international students to learn about the ethnic and economic diversity in the United States.  Due to the donations of many generous donors to International House, scholarships are provided to help offset deserving resident’s room and board fees at International House. 
The Financial Aid Application window for reduced Room & Board fees for 2016-17 will be available in mid-May 2016. Return to this page for the instructions and links after you have a reserved room contract with the I-House Admissions Office. Room reservations fill quickly. If interested, apply now. Visit: http://ihouse.berkeley.edu/applicants/rates.php


  • Full-time upper division (undergraduate junior or senior), or graduate students who are accepted and registered into a degree-seeking program at UC Berkeley;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • A confirmed room reservation at I-House for Academic Year 2016-17 (or limited number of Fall 2016 spots) in a Regular Double (for undergraduates), Low Price Single or Regular Single (for graduate students.)
  • Completion of the Financial Aid application including supporting documents.

Note: Exchange students, UC Berkeley Extension, or Summer Session students are not eligible.

Due to the trend that room reservations fill up quickly, it is best to apply for residential admissions early. The room reservation cancellation deadline will be aligned with prior notice of room and board financial aid awards to assist financial aid applicants.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


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 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, and be nominated by their academic department.


Although the first round of fellowship offers for 2016-17 are being sent, there still is a desire to find qualified Ph.D. students for the Gateway Fellowships that are more difficult to match with each priority preference: Nominations are now being accepted for Ph.D. students from Sub-Saharan Africa, Norway, students in Physics or Astrophysics and graduate students who are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. 
UC Berkeley Graduate Student Advisors and Deans: Use this Gateway Nomination Form to nominate your candidates. The preferred deadline is April 14, 2016. Please email ihousefinancialaid@berkeley.edu to let us know that you have submitted your nomination. Thank you.

International House Gateway Fellowships Nomination Form for 2016-17

For more information, email: ihousefinancialaid@berkeley.edu, visit the FAQs page or view the Gateway Fellowships Eligibility page. 


Announcing The 2016-2017 Gateway Fellows (as of April 8, 2016)

The Eltoukhy East-West Gateway Fellowship:
Zunaid Omar, incoming PhD student from Bangladesh

The Adrian Hao Yin Ü Gateway Fellowship:
Zihan Liu, incoming PhD student from China

The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Fellowship:
Johannes Henriksson, incoming PhD student from Sweden



The International House Gateway Fellows for 2015-2016
Brief Biographies (PDF)

Chevron-Xenel PhD Gateway Fellowship

Yuem Park


PhD. Student, Earth and Planetary Science

Chevron-Xenel MPH Gateway Fellowship

Dania Orta Aleman


MA Student, School of Public Health

Eltoukhy Gateway Fellowship

Gozde Demirer


PhD. Student, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

EWJ Gateway Fellowship

Luke Patterson


Ph.D. Student, Folklore

Carl and Betty Helmholz Gateway Fellowship

Vetri Velan


Ph.D. Student Physics

Joe Lurie Returning Peace Corps Volunteer Gateway Fellowship

Laura Elisabeth Sofen


Ph.D. Student Chemistry

Daniel Mouen-Makoua Gateway Fellowship

Allan Ogwang


Ph.D. Student Civil and Environmental Engineering

Norway House Foundation Gateway Fellowship

Jonas Tungodden


Ph.D. Student Economics

Open Gateway Fellowship

Paria Rashidinejad


Ph.D. Student Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Rafael Rodriguez Golden Age Fellowship*

Hande Goksin Ugur


Ph.D. Student Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Allan and Kathleen Rosevear Gateway Fellowship

Deepthi Bhavana Gorthi


Ph.D. Student Astronomy-astrophysics

Adrian Hao Yin Ü Gateway Fellowship

Hongxu Ma


Ph.D. Student Geography

Joan and Egon von Kaschnitz Gateway Fellowship

Maria Eckstein


Ph.D. Student Psychology

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

Gateway Fellowships 2014-15


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/.