Each year the Institute of Governmental Studies awards up to six research grants of up to $500 each to U.C. Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy. Students from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to apply.

This grant is made possible by a generous donation by Bill and Patrice Brandt.

Percy Application Information

Applications are due Friday, January 29th, 2016 by 3pm. Please use the online application form to apply.

Meet the Percy Recipients

Read about the Percy recipients and their research topics. Their topics reflect historical and current issues in American politics that may interest you.

Learn About Charles H. Percy

Charles PercyCharles Percy, known for both his business and political acumen, became head of Bell & Howell at age 29, then served as U.S. senator from Illinois from 1967-85. Percy considered himself a social liberal and a fiscal conservative and was a tireless advocate for low-cost housing and a renowned internationalist. Read more about Sen. Percy. 

New Percy Grant Recipients Honored

Chancellor Dirks with Bill and Patrice BrandtChancellor Nicholas Dirks lauded the new Percy Grant recipients at an awards ceremony Feb. 28 in the IGS Library. Other special guests were IGS benefactors Bill Brandt and Patrice Bugelas-Brandt.