Funding FAQs

Welcome prospective graduate students!

Did you know that graduate research funding at Berkeley (as for almost all research institutions) comes from federal sources? This means that excellent research opportunities continue in spite of California’s budget turmoil.

While UC Berkeley’s annual state funding has declined significantly over the last seven years, Federal research funding has increased during that period from just under $400M to over $450M, in spite of the high competition for funding through federal agencies. Additionally, contributions to Berkeley’s endowment and other philanthropic donations have doubled during that time. The bad news for high school students is that undergraduate fees have increased significantly, and the contribution of undergraduate tuition to the UC Berkeley revenues has more than quadrupled. However, most relevant for graduate students, UC Berkeley’s funding that supports core research activities has continued to grow steadily.

As confirmation of its high status among educational institutions, Berkeley stands as number four in the World Reputation Ranking (Times High Education, London), behind Harvard, MIT and Cambridge, and ahead of Stanford and Oxford, all of which are private institutions. According to the most recent National Research Council survey, Berkeley continues to have the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country.

UC Berkeley continues to attract high quality graduate students, according to new data from the campus’s Graduate Division. Applicants to UC Berkeley’s graduate programs increased 40 percent between 2001 and 2009, and applicants for Fall 2010 surpassed the 36,600 who applied for Fall 2009.

Student’s top reasons to come to UC Berkeley include the chance to work with distinguished faculty and to earn their degrees from world-class graduate programs.

And please visit our Admissions page for more information on funding particulars and stipend levels for the Biophysics program at Berkeley.