Apply for a GGSC Fellowship!

February 12, 2018

Announcing the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley’s 2018-2019 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 2019.

**Applications accepted between February 12 and April 9, 2018**

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 this recent article from GGSC fellow Jia Wei Zhang, which describes his studies showing that self-compassion promotes personal improvement.

Timeline

  • Application Window: February 12–April 9, 2018
  • Winners Announced: May 11, 2018
  • Funding Window: September 1, 2018–August 31, 2019

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 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow Rupa Robbins, who is examining a cross-group friendship among early adolescents and how it relates to empathy, perspective taking, and outgroup attitudes. GGSC 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow Rupa Robbins, who is examining a cross-group friendship among early adolescents and how it relates to empathy, perspective taking, and outgroup attitudes.

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 12, 2018.

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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