UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Programs / Graduate

Teaching & Financial Aid

Financial support for graduate students in the Film & Media PhD is available in the form of fellowships and Graduate Student Instructor teaching positions on the Berkeley campus. Applicants may apply for Berkeley campus fellowships which range from $18,000 to $26,000 per year plus tuition and fees. Underrepresented students are eligible to apply for Graduate Opportunity Program fellowships. Half-time teaching appointments in the Department’s undergraduate program are generally available for periods of up to four years to students making good progress toward their degree.

Film Studies offers 1A/B, Reading and Composition. Approximately 3 sections of this undergraduate requirement are taught each semester. Most sections have both a graduate student instructor and a graduate student teaching assistant. GSIs are also responsible for discussion sections of lower division courses and the larger, required upper-division lecture course. Film graduate students have in the past supported themselves as GSIs for the maximum 4 years. As of June 1, 2000, GSI employment has been covered by a union contract. The application to teach in the undergraduate Film major as a GSI may be found here. For Graduate Division rules and regulations regarding GSIs, see here.

Some Research Assistantships are available each semester. These are arranged between faculty with research grants and interested students.

Besides the university fellowships for which the department nominates entering students, the department administers block grants which are awarded as tuition and fees and/or stipends in a competition each spring. See here for Berkeley and extramural fellowship deadlines.