"guru gobind"This fellowship is intended for graduates of universities in specific areas of India and Pakistan (you may view the qualifying map here) who are currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of California. To be eligible, a student must:

  1. Be committed to returning to his or her country of origin after receiving the graduate degree 
  2. Not have been engaged previously in graduate study at any other institution of higher learning in the United States.

Students at any stage of graduate study may be nominated, but preference is given to those holding a masters degree, and particularly those who have reached the dissertation stage and have exhausted the normal sources of financial support.

For 2021-2022 the fellowship award will be approximately $30,000. 

Nomination Materials

  1. Up to three letters of reference (one from the student’s faculty sponsor) 
  2. University transcripts And any other documents that may serve to support the student’s nomination 
  3. Please indicate the current status of the student advanced to candidacy or not planned completion date In addition, please include a statement of how the student proposes to use her/his graduate education in their home country.

Award Details

For 2021-22, the amount of the Singh Fellowship award will be $30,000. The award will be made based on the "strength of the student’s academic record and supporting nomination materials. The nominating campus will commit to providing Nonresident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) support, if applicable, for the Singh Fellow, as needed, for the duration of the fellowship (assuming continued satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment)." UC Berkeley may only put forward one nominee.

How to Apply

Created by a bequest from the late Karam Singh Maughn, the fellowship is named for Guru Gobind Singh (1666 – 1708), the tenth Guru of Sikhism — a leader of his faith, and a warrior, poet, and philosopher. The endowment supports fellowships for graduates of universities from a specific area of India and Pakistan pursuing graduate study at the University of California. The amount of the Singh Fellowship award is $30,000.