Fellowships

Since launching the Online Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program in January 2014, the UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) has taken the initiative to help define “data science” and promote the discipline as a whole. The I School views this as an opportunity to shape the future of data science and takes this responsibility seriously.

As part of our commitment to serve the public good, the UC Berkeley School of Information is proud to offer the following fellowships.

Jack Larson Data for Good Fellowship

The Jack Larson Data for Good Fellowship is designed to support MIDS students in their pursuit of a career that will allow them to use data science to improve human life and benefit society as a whole.

One $8,500 fellowship will be awarded to one MIDS student per term over the next two years.

Jack Larson

Jack Larson is a UC Berkeley alumnus and successful entrepreneur. In 2000, Larson received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Illinois and northwestern Indiana region in the “Service” category. Recently, he was named one of the first inductees to the Hall of Fame at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Larson’s passion for education and providing opportunities to students, as well as his confidence in the MIDS program’s success, inspired him to become involved with the program.

Paul Fasana LGBTQ Studies Fellowship

The Paul Fasana LGBTQ Studies Fellowship is designed to support UC Berkeley School of Information graduate students whose research interests or studies are related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer studies in any field or discipline.

A total of $5,000 will be awarded annually, either as a single award of up to $5,000 or multiple, smaller awards totaling up to $5,000, at the discretion of the fellowship committee. This fellowship is open to all current UC Berkeley I School graduate students.

Paul Fasana

Paul Fasana is a UC Berkeley alumnus who grew up in an era of oppressive homophobia. As a gay man and a librarian, he dedicated himself to preserving the history of the gay experience prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots. Fasana served as the senior vice president of the New York Public Library and is now retired and volunteers as the chief archivist for the Stonewall National Museum & Archives.

Curtis B. Smith Cybersecurity Fellowship

The Curtis B. Smith Cybersecurity Fellowship is designed to support high-achieving students enrolled in any degree program at the UC Berkeley School of Information whose interest or research focus is in cybersecurity.

A total of $3,000 will be awarded annually, either as a single award of up to $3,000 or multiple, smaller awards totaling up to $3,000, at the discretion of the fellowship committee. This fellowship is open to all current UC Berkeley I School graduate students.

Curtis B. Smith

Curtis Smith is a UC Berkeley alumnus who has concerned himself with the impact of cybersecurity since personal computing became the norm. The UC Berkeley I School caught Curtis’s interest when the School launched the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) in 2015. Curtis now makes significant contributions to establish a fellowship fund that provides direct support for high-achieving students focused on shaping the future of cybersecurity.

Prospective Students

If you are a MIDS applicant interested in applying for a fellowship, please email an Admissions Counselor or call Phone Number: 1-855-678-6437.

Current Students

If you are a current MIDS student interested in applying for a fellowship, please email your Student Success Advisor or call Phone Number: 1-855-679-6437.