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Apply for a GGSC Fellowship!

Announcement | February 13, 2017

We welcome researchers from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines at UC Berkeley to apply for research support.

Announcing the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley’s 2017-2018 research fellowship program, which supports research by undergraduate and graduate students whose work relates to our mission: investigating the roles that social connection, kindness and community play in the happy, meaningful lives of individuals and society. The fellowships are open to UC Berkeley undergraduate (up to $5,000) and graduate students (up to $15,000) who are enrolled until at least May 2017.

**Applications accepted between February 13 and April 7, 2017**

Based at UC Berkeley and led by social psychology professor Dacher Keltner, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply insights from this research to their personal, professional, and societal lives.
Previous GGSC fellows have secured top research and teaching positions at universities nationwide, providing a significant boost to the science of a meaningful life, including topics like: awe, compassion, resilience, altruism, and happiness. You can read about recent GGSC fellow Craig Anderson’s trailblazing work on the social benefits of awe in this Sierra Club magazine article.


  • Application Window: February 13–April 7, 2017
  • Winners Announced: May 12, 2017
  • Funding Window: September 1, 2017–August 31, 2018

Funding levels

  • Two fellowships will be awarded to UC Berkeley undergraduates: One GGSC Fellowship (up to $2,500), one Goldberg Fellowship (up to $5,000)
  • Four fellowships will be awarded to UC Berkeley graduate students: Three GGSC Fellowships (up to $10,000), one Hornaday Fellowship (up to $15,000)
GGSC 2015-2016 Graduate Fellow Alison Cohen, who is examining links between characteristics of the school setting and health and well-being across the lifespan. GGSC 2015-2016 Graduate Fellow Alison Cohen, who is examining links between characteristics of the school setting and health and well-being across the lifespan.

Former fellows have come from departments of psychology, integrative biology, anthropology, American studies, sociology, neuroscience, urban studies, and other departments; the school of public health, education, social welfare, and Haas business; and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program.

The online application will open February 13, 2017.

Applicants may contact GGSC science director Emiliana Simon-Thomas for more information at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

More information about the GGSC can be found here.

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