Please consider donating to the Department of History at You may also mail checks, payable to UC Berkeley Foundation, to the Department of History, 3229 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2550. Major gifts are handled by the Department Chair (510-642-3402) in cooperation with the staff of the campus's Office for Development.

Donor support plays a critical role in the ways we are able to directly impact the teaching and research mission of the department. Unrestricted donations made to the Friends of Cal History fund are utilized throughout the year in the following ways:

  • Travel grants for undergraduates researching the material for their senior thesis project
  • Summer grants (for travel or language study) for graduate students
  • Dissertation write-up grants for PhD candidates
  • Conference travel for graduate students who are presenting papers or participating in job interviews
  • Prizes for the best dissertation and undergraduate thesis
  • Equipment for the graduate computer lab
  • Workstudy positions that provide instructional support
  • Graduate space coordinator position

Most importantly, Friends of Cal History funds allow the department to direct funding to students in any field of study, so that the money can be directed where it is most needed. This unrestricted funding has enabled us to enhance our multi-year funding package so that we can continue to focus on maintaining the quality that is defined by a Berkeley degree.