Financial Resources

AHMA students are funded through a combination of fellowships, teaching opportunities, and research appointments.  Most students receive three to four years of fellowships and two to three years of teaching appointments. There are also plentiful funding opportunities for research travel. In addition to Berkeley funding, AHMA students have been regularly successful in securing prestigious extramural fellowships (e.g. Rome Prize, Fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Fulbright) to support some portion of their doctoral work. 

Fellowships for Incoming Students

Details of funding packages for incoming students are given at the time of acceptance. 

Funding for Continuing Students

Funding for continuing students is awarded annually, following a faculty review of each student's progress and plans for the next year. The nature of the funding awarded (fellowship or GSI appointment) will depend upon the student's stage in the program, the rate of their progress, and history of received fellowship support. Every attempt is made to ensure that all students receive equal amounts of fellowship support and teaching opportunities.

Graduate Division Continuing Student Fellowships

AHMA doctoral students who are advanced to candidacy by the end of their tenth semester may be eligible for a Graduate Division Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF). Graduate Division determines eligibility for this fellowship and will notify students as to their success or otherwise in obtaining it once the Graduate Services Degrees Unit has processed their Advancement to Candidacy form. The DCF may be used during any semester in candidacy before the end of the mandated Normative Time (fourteen semesters for AHMA students). You must fill out a “DCF Activation Form” to elect in which semesters you wish to take the DCF. The DCF may be supplemented by a single semester GSI-ship, AI-GS, GSR, Reader, or Tutor position, for no more than 25% time. 

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions

Since teaching is an important part of graduate training, each student in the AHMA program will normally serve several times as an instructor. This opportunity constitutes one portion of each student's total funding package. AHMA students are eligible to compete for GSI positions across the campus, but tend to do so most frequently in the departments of AGRS, History, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, History of Art, and Anthropology, depending upon their particular qualifications. You should apply directly to the department or program in question to compete for appointments. GSI positions are rarely awarded in the first year of graduate study, when fellowship funds normally support incoming students. Students should be aware that they must clear from their record any Incomplete grades that are more than a year old before they may begin to teach as a GSI. Moreover, per Graduate Council policy, GSIs may not have more than two Incompletes at the time teaching begins. All first-time GSIs are required to attend an  orientation, a pedagogy workshop, and complete an online ethics course sponsored by the University. In addition, first-time international GSIs whose native language is other than English must pass an exam to demonstrate English language proficiency. (See the GSAO for more information on English workshops and proficiency exams.) GSI appointments include a monthly salary plus a fee remission covering 100% of education and registration fees as well as Student Health Insurance premiums.

Other Funding

Student funding may also take the form of other academic appointments such as Graduate Student Researcher appointments (GSR-ships; collaboration in the work of a particular faculty member) or Readerships (grading papers and exams in a particular course). Appointment as a Graduate Student Researcher or a Reader depends upon the recommendation of individual faculty members and available funding. The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy typically appoint a GSR every semester; other opportunities are available on an ad hoc basis. All appointments are subject to the Graduate Division's Appointments Policy.

Funding for Research and Research-related Travel

The following internal sources support research-related travel for AHMA and other Berkeley students:
Aleshire Travel Grants fund travel related to the study of Greek epigraphy. Applications for travel grants are accepted on a rolling basis and should be sent to the Director of the Aleshire Center. The Aleshire Center also funds a Dissertation fellowship, for students in the final year of writing a dissertation on a topic related to Greek epigraphy, and a Fellowship to be used in residence at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens to pursue dissertation research on an epigraphic topic. Applications for these two fellowships are normally due on or around February 28. Prospective applicants should consult with the Director of the Center.
AHMA awards travel grants every spring to enable students to acquire first-hand knowledge of sites and museums, normally during the summer break (this assumes normal progress on language requirements). Students will receive a call for applications in early March.
AHMA also awards grants for student research needs. Eligible expenses might be software that is not already provided by the university, new computers, books, permissions and photos from museums, etc. This list is not exhaustive but is intended to give a sense of possibilities. The maximum award to any one student in any given year will be $2,000. The call for applications will be issued annually, each spring. If you have what you think are eligible expenses prior to that call, please consult with the AHMA Director.

The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri has funds to support graduate student travel related to the study of papyrology, including travel to conferences, excavations, and collections of papyri. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be submitted no less than six weeks before the planned departure date. Applications and queries should be sent to the Director of the CTP.
The Department of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (AGRS) at UC Berkeley annually awards a number of small travel grants from the Heller Fund to help cover the costs of overseas travel "to pursue an academically justified and practical program of self-enrichment and education either through the travel itself, or through a study project, or both." AHMA students are eligible for these awards and have been generously supported. The call for applications is distributed to students in late March.

Conference Travel

AHMA students who have the opportunity to speak at a conference have several options for grants to cover associated expenses.

The Graduate Division will provide each enrolled graduate student with a maximum of two conference travel grants during their career as a student at Berkeley. 

AHMA can also provide students with funds for conference travel. Because these opportunities occur throughout the year, there is no specific call for applications. Students should make a request to the AHMA Director via email. They should include the title of their paper, the name and dates of the conference, and a budget of their anticipated expenses. If you apply for AHMA funds for conference travel, please explain why you are not applying for a Grad Div conference travel grant.

The Center for Tebtunis Papyri and the Aleshire Center for Greek Epigraphy offer conference-related travel grants to students presenting research on relevant topics. See above for details and links. 

Federal Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office (FAO) offers a financial aid package combining grants, loans, and work-study employment to graduate students with demonstrated financial need. The office attempts to fill the financial gap that exists between educational costs and money available to the student from family, job, income, savings, and other resources. To be eligible for federally funded programs, applicants must be U.S. citizens or on immigrant visas. It is the assumption of the FAO that students will be responsible for all completing the required documents by the specified deadline dates and for informing FAO of any changes to their financial status. Failure to do so will jeopardize financial aid eligibility. The total amount of financial aid that a student may receive is limited, and takes into account other sources of support, such as fellowships and other awards.
 IMPORTANT NOTE: To qualify for any type of fellowship support or aid, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), regardless of financial status. These forms and other current information on student aid are available from the Financial Aid Office.
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