Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship


Late Congressman Mike SynarThe Institute of Governmental Studies will award three Synar Graduate Research Fellowships of $3,000 each. The Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship is awarded to distinguished UC Berkeley graduate students who are writing their dissertations on an aspect of American politics, which may include comparative research across nations with the United States as a major case. 

To be eligible, graduate students must have advanced to candidacy. All award recipients will be invited to the award ceremony during the spring semester.

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

Apply for the Synar Fellowship

Complete and submit the 2023 Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship Application here.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, November 13 by 11:59pm

Questions? Contact IGS Program Manager, Megan Collins at meganjcollins@berkeley.edu.

Meet the Synar Fellows

Congratuations to last year's Synar Fellows! Learn more about their specializations and dissertation topics. 

Learn About Michael Synar

Michael Synar was an 8-term Congressman from Oklahoma. During his time in the House, Synar championed many causes, including tobacco restrictions, waiting-periods on gun sales, and opposition to the Gramm-Rudman plan. Read a profile of Mike Synar or watch the video, "Mike Synar: A Life, 1950-1996." 

Mike Synar: A Life, 1950-1996

Mike Synar: A Life, 1950-1996