Charles Percy
Charles Percy

The Institute of Governmental Studies will award up to four research grants in the amount of $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 from Bill and Patrice Brandt.

Apply for the Percy Grant!

Apply to the Charles Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research.

Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020 by 4PM

Have questions about the program? Contact the Matsui Center Program Manager, Sonia Moctezuma, at soniamoctezuma [at] or 510-642-0922.

Learn About Charles H. Percy

Charles H. 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. Read a profile of Charles H. Percy or watch the video, "Charles H. Percy: An Entrepreneurial Life." 

In 2010, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was interviewed by Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal about his long friendship with Senator Charles H. Percy, dating back to their student days at the University of Chicago.

Grant Recipients & Research

Read about the Percy recipients and their research topics. Research papers by Percy recipients can be read on eScholarship