The C3 Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are Ph.D. candidates at the University of California, Berkeley, or Columbia University in one of the participating fields (see the approved fields of study on the resources page).
We especially encourage applicants who are from groups that are historically underrepresented in the academy. We define “underrepresented” as those who are either historically underrepresented (such as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders), are first generation college students, or have followed nontraditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages.
The C3 Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to applicants with a demonstrated understanding of the challenges facing underrepresented groups in higher education careers, as evidenced by at least one of the following:
- life experiences and educational background
- demonstrated interest and experience in translating the creative critical discourse that comes from a non-traditional educational background into research
- a research track record that shows interest in subjects and practices that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education
- a demonstrated understanding of the experiences of groups underrepresented in higher education.
Applicants must have completed all but dissertation at the time of application to the fellowship. Applicants are expected to have completed their degree before their fellowship term begins. For 2015-2017 fellowships, only those with degrees granted in 2012-2013, 2013-2014 or to be granted in 2015 are eligible to apply.
C3 Postdoctoral Fellowships