Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) is a summer program designed to encourage graduate student professional development and foster undergraduate research through mentoring. Each graduate student participant will receive a summer stipend ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; each undergraduate participant will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500 for approximately 200 hours of work. (Undergraduate students should note that this stipend may affect the amount of financial aid they are eligible to receive in summer 2017.) Limited funds may be available for successful applicants for travel or research expenses that cannot be covered elsewhere.

Graduate Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must be a UC Berkeley doctoral student in good academic standing. In addition, the research proposed should represent at least 50% of your summer effort. You will also be expected to be in residence in Berkeley during the summer program. (Please note that if you have already been a SMART graduate mentor, you are not eligible to apply again.)

Funding Eligibility

Graduate student stipends will range from $1,000 to $5,000. In order to benefit as many graduate students as possible, the specific amount of funding will be contingent upon the amount of other summer funding graduate students may already have.

Please note that your award may be withdrawn or modified if you receive more than $34,000 in stipend funding from combined fellowships during the 12-month academic year (fall 2016, spring 2017, and summer 2017); this does not include any stipend funding that was put toward tuition or fees. Any excess of funding must be approved by the Associate Dean of Fellowships. In addition, your department may have further restrictions regarding the maximum stipend allowed. Please contact the Graduate Student Affairs Officer in your department to ensure that you are in compliance. Please note that only registered students are eligible to receive awards; for example, students on filing fee in spring 2017 or not registered in spring 2017 cannot receive funds from the SMART program.

SMART Program Requirements

For the graduate student mentors, the SMART Program begins spring semester 2017. Graduate student mentors are required to take and successfully complete Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPDP) 301, Mentoring in Higher Education, a one-unit course that meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. during spring semester 2017.

In addition, graduate student mentors will be required to attend all of the following SMART 2017 meetings:

  • Friday, May 26, 2017, 1-4 p.m.: SMART Program Kickoff
  • Friday, June 16, 2017, 3-5 p.m.: Meeting of the Mentors
  • Friday, June 23, 2017, 1-3 p.m.: SMART Lunch
  • Friday, July 14, 2017, 1-3 p.m.: Workshop on Presenting Your Research at the Closing Reception
  • Friday, August 4, 2017, 3-5 p.m.: SMART Closing Reception & Research Presentations

SMART Application Requirements

To complete this application, you will be asked to submit the following items:

  1. a research opportunity description;
  2. a research mentoring statement;
  3. a current curriculum vitae; and
  4. the name of the faculty adviser who will be overseeing your research. (Your faculty adviser will be required to upload a letter of recommendation.)

More detailed information about these items is included in the application form.

To open an application, please go to On the Select Program Page, select “SMART Graduate Mentor Application Positions Fall 2016.”

Application Deadline: Monday, November 21, 2016

Informational Meetings for SMART Graduate Mentor Applicants

Informational meetings for SMART graduate mentor applicants will be held on two dates this semester:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., 309 Sproul Hall; and

Wednesday, November 2, 2016,  2:30 to 3:30 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall.

To preregister for either of these informational meetings, please click on the appropriate meeting date above.