5th Year MIDS Need-Based Fellowship

The 5th Year MIDS Need-Based Fellowship will support 5th Year MIDS students in pursuing their graduate education. Admitted students are required to complete a fellowship application by the deadlines listed below.

Summer 2021 Fellowship Application Deadlines

Students admitted to the Early Application Round:
January 6, 2021

Students admitted to the Final Application Round:
April 4, 2021


The 5th Year MIDS Need-Based Fellowship is open to all UC Berkeley School of Information 5th Year MIDS Summer 2021 admitted students.

To assess a student’s eligibility for need-based aid, the I School takes into consideration all possible resources (including cash, savings, investments, trust funds, real estate equity, GI and Social Security benefits, income of student and spouse, other familial resources, sponsorships from companies, as well as prior educational debt levels). If necessary, the committee may request additional information to help assess need.

Consideration will also be given to admitted students whose background and life experiences contribute significantly to an educationally beneficial and diverse mix of students. This may include applicants who have had limited access to educational resources, who represent geographic diversity, who have persevered over economic disadvantage, who have shown exceptional fortitude by working many hours to support themselves during their education, and/or whose experiences have brought about a perspective not widely represented within the program.

Application Process

Admitted students must submit the 5th Year MIDS Need-Based Fellowship Application, which comprises an essay and financial background information. The essay should answer this prompt: Please explain your financial circumstances and describe how you believe your background and life experiences would contribute to our goals of creating an educationally beneficial and diverse class.

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Last updated:

October 7, 2020