Curtis B. Smith Cybersecurity Fellowship

The Curtis B. Smith Fellowship supports high-achieving students enrolled in any degree program at the UC Berkeley School of Information who have an interest in the field of cybersecurity or a research focus on cybersecurity.

Award Dates and Amounts

The Smith Fellowship is awarded annually. Applications are due in the Fall semester and fellowships are disbursed in the Spring semester. A total of $3,000 may be awarded annually: either a single award of $3,000 or multiple smaller awards totaling up to $3,000, at the discretion of the fellowship committee.


The Smith Fellowship is open to all current UC Berkeley School of Information graduate students; students in the MICS, MIDS, MIMS, and Ph.D. programs are all eligible to apply. In order to be eligible for the award, students must be registered and enrolled in a graduate degree program at the School of Information in both the semester in which they apply and the semester in which the award is disbursed. MIDS & MICS students may apply for the fellowship while on a temporary leave of absence, but must be registered and enrolled in the semester in which the fellowship is disbursed.

Applicants must be in good academic standing.

Students who have previously applied for the Smith Fellowship and have not received it are eligible to reapply in a future year, if they still meet all other relevant eligibility criteria. Students who have previously received the Smith Fellowship are eligible to reapply, but students who have not previously received the award have priority.


Awardees shall demonstrate high academic distinction and excellence and shall be selected on a competitive basis by a faculty review committee evaluating the merits of the applications. Awardees will demonstrate research interests related to cybersecurity.

How to Apply

Applications for the Spring 2019 Smith Fellowship are now open, and are due December 3, 2018. Applicants will be asked to supply a current resume or C.V. and a statement of purpose clarifying how their research interests address the purpose of the fellowship. Fellowship awardees will be notified in January 2019.

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Further Questions About Applying

If you are a current I School student with questions about the Smith Fellowship, please contact our Associate Director of Student Affairs, Catherine Cronquist Browning.

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Catherine Cronquist Browning
Catherine Cronquist Browning
Assistant Dean of Academic Programs
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To Contribute

If you would like to support to the Smith Fellowship you may donate here or contact our Director of Philanthropy, Tia Foss.

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Tia Foss
Director of Philanthropy
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Last updated:

November 2, 2018