Graduate Student Fellowships
International Graduate Fellowships
Curatorial Assistantships
Support for Conference Costs
Research Support for MVZ Students and Postdocs
Research Fellowships for Visiting Scholars
MVZ Survival Guide
Announcements for Professional MVZ Positions
Links to Campus Resources

Graduate Student Fellowships

MVZ graduate students who have been advanced to candidacy are eligible to apply for funding of a restricted fellowship from the following sources:
Annie Alexander Fellowship: Vertebrate ecology, systematics, evolutionary biology
Joseph Mailliard Fellowship: Ornithology
Junea W. Kelly Fellowship: General vertebrate biology

The fellowship is paid as a stipend for Fall or Spring semester and is an amount that is equivalent to a five month 50% Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) salary plus university fees.

To apply for a fellowship, students must submit a short proposal (less than 2 pages) to Director Craig Moritz with an outline of the work to be done and endorsed by the student's major professor. Proposals should be submitted by April 30th of each year.

International Graduate Fellowships

Subject to available funding, the MVZ will provide a Fellowship to an incoming international graduate student every one or two years to offset UC tuition fees. These will be awarded in conjunction with offers of placement from the major advisor's department. Priority will be given to high quality students from developing nations whose research interests align closely with the mission of the Museum. Applications should come via prospective major advisors.

Curatorial Assistantships

The MVZ provides annual support for three half-time Curatorial Assistants (CAs) to work in the collections (one position for herps, birds, and mammals, respectively). CAs are hired on a semester-by-semester basis and during the summer. Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply for a position. Several work study positions also are available throughout the year to work in the Museum.

Salaries and benefits for graduate student CAs are commensurate with those for Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). Assistants with 0 to 2 years curatorial experience are appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant, step 3; those with 3 or more years of experience are appointed as a GSR, step 4. Undergraduate assistants are initially appointed as a Lab Assistant, step 1.

Curatorial Assistants work under the supervision of a full-time Curatorial Associate and assist with day to day operations of the Museum, including: accessioning, cataloguing, and installing new specimens and tissues; entering specimen information into a database; updating the collections taxonomically; processing loan requests; and greeting research visitors or providing tours of the collections. It is an excellent way to get hands on experience with the specimens and to become directly involved in museum curation.

To inquire about CA positions, contact Carla Cicero ( or Chris Conroy ( Work study positions are advertised at the work study office ( For details regarding salary and/or benefits, contact Anne Caulfield (

Conference Costs

MVZ graduate students are eligible to receive support (up to $500) to attend one national or international conference per year where a paper or poster is being presented. The Museum also may provide funding to postdoctoral researchers for attendance at meetings where no alternatives are available.

Students should apply directly to MSO Anne Caulfield; postdocs should discuss their needs and situation with Director Moritz first.

Research Support for MVZ Graduate Students and Postdocs

Limited funds from various endowments are available to support research by MVZ graduate students and postdocs. It should be possible to fund research costs for multiple individuals to a level of $500 to $2000 per grant. Researchers are not restricted to a single grant, although the Museum will seek to spread the funds as far as possible. If the requests exceed the available funds, priority will be given to projects that seek to generate data that will support applications for external funding.

The following funding sources are available:

Annie M. Alexander Fund: Established in 1919 for supplies and expenses having to do with field, curatorial, and research work.
Albert Preston Hendrickson Fund: Established in 1999 by Joyce Davis for student travel or research needs.
Louise Kellogg Fund: Established in 1970 to enhance the MVZ collections.
Carl B. Koford Memorial Fund: Established in 1980 to support field research on vertebrates.
Wilhelm L. F. Martens Fund: Established in 1936 to bring about better conservation and protection of native wildlife in California.

To apply for MVZ research funding, students or postdocs must submit a written proposal of 1-2 pages, including a budget and endorsed by the major professor or sponsor, to Director Craig Moritz. Research awards are granted both in the fall and spring/summer. Proposals should be submitted by April 30th for Summer or Fall awards and by October 31st for Spring or Summer awards.

Other UC research grants: Additional research grants for graduate students are available through the UC Natural Reserve System ( and the California Biodiversity Center (

Links to major sources of external funding for student research:

For further information on Grants, Prizes, and Awards in Ornithology, see

Research Fellowships for Visiting Scholars

A limited number of fellowships (amounts up to $3,000) are available to visiting scholars for research conducted either at the MVZ or Hastings Natural History Reservation ( Recipients must carry out a specific project on terrestrial vertebrate zoology within a limited time period (maximum of six months), and are expected to be in residence at the Museum or Hastings. The program is designed to advance the training of the participant by having him/her pursue a research project in association with MVZ scientists in a museum or field setting. Thus, a major goal of the MVZ Research Fellowship program is to promote mutual scholarly interest and interactions of Fellows and MVZ researchers.

Qualified researchers who wish to visit the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology are eligible to apply for a research fellowship. Potential research fellows are encouraged to discuss their proposed project in advance with an MVZ Curator or Researcher. Fellows are judged primarily on their research abilities and experience, their commitment to long-term sustained collaborations, and the merits and scope of the proposed research. Fellows will be expected to present their research at a Museum seminar.

Application procedure: Applications require a statement of research interests, project description, budget, curriculum vitae with list of publications, three letters of reference, and a statement of support by an MVZ Curator or Researcher. Applications must be submitted to: MVZ Research Fellowships, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3160.

A Faculty Committee will review applications, evaluate the merits of the application, assess the availability of resources to fulfill the project's objectives, and determine the importance of the project in relation to MVZ's mission.

MVZ Survival Guide

MVZ Staff have compiled a Survival Guide to assist students, postdocs, and visitors in the Museum. This document (pdf file in two column format, viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0) provides basic information on MVZ resources, policies, and procedures.

Click here for important information about immigration and visa requirements (pdf file viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0). For assistance and information, contact Anne Caulfield ( at the MVZ.

Announcements for Professional MVZ Positions

Position in Evolutionary Genomics
Postdoctoral Position in Amphibian Phylogenetics

Links to Campus Resources

Applying to Berkeley
Berkeley Natural History Museums
California Biodiversity Center
Cal Rentals
Research at UCB
UCB Services for Internat. Students & Scholars
UC Berkeley International House
UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation Office
UC Berkeley Home Page

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