Bridge Graduate

Summer Fellowship



The Berkeley Bridge Graduate Summer Fellowship (Bridge Fellowship) is a graduate student summer program designed to engage top UC Berkeley graduate students in active research roles at Berkeley Lab. Berkeley Lab, a US Department of Energy national laboratory, fosters groundbreaking fundamental science that enables transformational solutions for energy and environment challenges, using interdisciplinary teams and by creating advanced new tools for scientific discovery. This program is a collaborative project between the Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity and Inclusion and the Office for Graduate Diversity.

In considering the future scientific workforce of Berkeley Lab, it is a goal of the Laboratory to develop a diverse group of early career scientists. Graduate Students from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. An ideal outcome of the Program is to provide an impactful firsthand research experience as well as to introduce these students to the critical role that national laboratories play with the hope that they may choose a career at a national laboratory. Another outcome of this program is to create additional opportunities for collaborations between Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, either through expanding current collaborations or creating new ones.

During the fellowship program, all participants are expected to take an active role in supporting a research project. Students will also participate in a Bridge Fellow Symposium during the Fall Semester to present their research projects to the Laboratory and University community. Ongoing engagement of the cohort after completion of their summer experience will also be an important aspect of this fellowship program.

Read more about how the program was started.


All applicants for a current Chancellor Fellowship at UC Berkeley in the College of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, and the Physics Department are eligible. Selected graduate students are expected to commit to working for 8 weeks during the summer and will receive a weekly stipend of $800 for the duration of their participation.

Application Process

Please note: The application process for Summer 2022 is now closed. The application process for Summer 2023 will open December 2022.

Campus Departments referenced above are required to submit to Berkeley Lab a copy of each applicant’s Chancellor Fellowship application, the applicant’s CV, and a faculty statement (no longer than one page) regarding why the applicant would be a good match with Berkeley Lab. Please refer to the program flyer for the submission form.

A Berkeley Lab committee reviews all applications and will choose participants on the basis of merit and will match each qualified applicants with a Berkeley Lab mentor.

Please send any questions regarding this program to