Graduate students selected to be Berkeley Connect Fellows have the opportunity both to act as mentors to undergraduate students in their discipline and to be mentored in their own scholarly development by faculty in their department.
Each Berkeley Connect Fellow mentors two groups of up to 20 undergraduate students a semester. As mentors, they:
- Lead small-group discussions, for one hour every two weeks, facilitating conversations about a variety of topics related to their academic discipline
- Meet with students individually for one-on-one advising
- Accompany students to special events and excursions including informal talks by professors, panels on careers and graduate school, and visits to campus resources such as the Berkeley Art Museum or the Library
Berkeley Connect Fellows are not teaching a course. There is generally no homework or assigned reading; there are no papers or exams; no grading is involved. The topics to be covered during the discussion sessions are outlined in a syllabus devised by the faculty director.
Berkeley Connect Fellows are graduate students who have advanced to candidacy (or recent graduates) with exceptional teaching records and mentoring experience, as well as demonstrated research progress and success. During their fellowship year they meet regularly with the Berkeley Connect faculty, who will also observe and coach their work in the classroom. In addition to discussing effective pedagogical techniques and mentoring strategies, the faculty will work with the fellows to advance their scholarly research and prepare them for the job market. Most fellows find that they make significant progress towards completing their dissertations during their year with Berkeley Connect. Fellows receive a stipend and full tuition and fee remission for the year.
Berkeley Connect Fellows have the opportunity to serve as role models and guides, helping students get the most out of their undergraduate experience at Berkeley; they develop effective mentoring skills that will serve them well on the academic job market; and they receive support for their research. If you are interested in being a Berkeley Connect Fellow, please contact the faculty director in your department.
Currently, participating departments are:
- African American Studies
- Computational Biology
- Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
- Ethnic Studies
- Social Welfare
Departments start accepting applications for Berkeley Connect fellowships as early as February for the next academic year. If you are interested in getting more details about the application process/timeline, please contact the faculty director in the relevant department.