Funding Opportunities

Stay updated on O-Lab's current funding opportunities for students and faculty.

O-Lab Call for Graduate Student Proposals:  

+ Initiative on Inequality and Place: Promoting Opportunity and Growth Through Place Based Policies

O-Lab is pleased to invite applications from UC Berkeley graduate students for research connected to our ongoing initiative Promoting Opportunity and Growth through Place-Based Policies. This initiative focuses specifically on research into geographic disparities in income and employment and the extent to which targeted place-based policies can make a difference in reducing poverty rates and equalizing opportunities across regions.

Please apply by Friday August 2nd, 2019.

Award amounts:

● O-Lab Graduate Research Award: Awards will range from $5,000-$20,000 to cover any of the following: living expenses, tuition and fees, data purchasing costs, research-related travel, and other activities to support research. Awards will be issued for research and project activities taking place between Fall 2019 and Summer 2020. If you have any questions, please contact O-Lab program manager Joseph Broadus at

Requirements and expectations:

● Awardees will be notified of the grant term for which their award will be paid out (awards are intended to support research between Fall 2019 and Summer 2020, and may cover work over a single term or a combination of terms within that period). Within two weeks of the end of their grant period, awardees must submit a one-page report describing the research accomplishments of the project.


● Doctoral students with GPAs above 3.0 and no incompletes.

● Applicants must have completed their second year of course work and passed their field exams.

● Applicants must be in residence at UC Berkeley and not on leave during the grant period

To apply, visit and submit the following materials as a PDF:

  1. Two-page Letter of Interest that includes:

    a. Your interest and experience related to both O-Lab’s mission and the Promoting Opportunity and Growth through Place-Based Policies initiative;

    b. A description of your current research interests, ongoing projects, and proposal for how you will use this award to support your research.

    c. The name of a faculty or other research mentor who will oversee your research connected to this award.

    d. Short budget and justification

  2. CV

  3. Current transcript


● Proposals must be submitted by August 2nd. Decisions will be communicated by August 16th.

● After August 2nd, O-Lab will consider proposals on a rolling basis pending fund availability.