The R. Kirk Underhill Graduate Fellowship provides $30,000 to a UC Berkeley graduate student who has advanced to candidacy and whose research focuses on Anglo-American affairs. This fellowship does not cover tuition and fees.

Priority will be given to students whose work ties directly to the mission of the Institute of Governmental Studies and that is centrally concerned with US-UK relations or comparisons. Students from a broad range of disciplines are urged to apply.

The Underhill Fellowship is sponsored by the Anglo-American Studies Program at IGS.

Apply for the Underhill Fellowship

The application deadline for this year's Underhill Fellowship has passed. Application information for the 2019 fellowship will be posted here when it becomes available, typically in late fall.

Questions? Contact program director Terri Bimes

Meet the 2017 Recipient

allison nealCongratulations to Allison Neal, the 2017 recipient of the Underhill Graduate Fellowship! Allison is a PhD candidate in English whose research focuses on Anglo-American speech-based poetry composed between 1900 and 1975. By examining how various British and American cultural and governmental institutions sought to consolidate and spread a representative English-speaking voice both domestically and abroad, this project suggests a new approach to the story of twentieth-century English language poetry.

About R. Kirk Underhill

R. Kirk UnderhillRobert Kirk Underhill was born in Berkeley in 1906 and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1928 with a B.S. in Economics. A lifelong Anglophile, he was devoted to British institutions and customs. He was chairman emeritus of the English Speaking Union in San Francisco, a Commander of the British Empire and a Knight in the Order of St. John. Read more about R. Kirk Underhill.

Contact Information

For more information about the Underhill Fellowship, please contact the program director, Terri Bimes:

122 Moses Hall
csr [at]