Undergraduate Fellows Program

The CPD Undergraduate Fellows Program is a year-long fellowship that offers a highly selective number of undergraduate students a unique opportunity to work closely with political science faculty and graduate students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to study the politics of developing countries. In addition to working side-by-side with CPD research associates to conduct original research, fellows have the opportunity to attend workshops where scholars from UC Berkeley and other top universities present their projects. This gives fellows a unique insight into the theories and methods used by experts studying development. Fellows also have a chance to develop key research skills, like statistical programming and map-making, among others.

Application Instructions and Selection Process for 2017: 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to cpd@berkeley.edu in an email titled “Undergraduate Fellows Program Application.” An in-person interview will be scheduled in early September.


Open to any UC Berkeley student who has completed at least one semester of study in residence at Berkeley. All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Stipend Amount: 

Students will receive a $1000 stipend distributed over two semesters; $500 in Fall 2017, $500 in Spring 2018.

Application Deadline: 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

CPD Undergraduate Fellows (AY 2016-17)

2015-02-19 03.18.02Tracey Fung

Tracey Fung is a senior pursuing a double major in Political Economy and Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, where her studies focus on identity politics and rural development in Asia. She spent this past year working with Dr. Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa researching the role of women’s organizations in human security in Delhi. She looks forward to her fellowship with the CPD as an opportunity to bridge her undergraduate career to her graduate studies in international development.

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Denny Lai is pursuing a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, and a Public Policy minor at UC Berkeley, with a focus on international relations. His research interests broadly include economic development in Pacific Rim countries and political mobilization within developing countries. Denny’s prior work has focused on research ranging from congressional mobilization of expertise in lawmaking to politics of central bank appointments to the Federal Reserve banks. This past summer, he served as a Consular Affairs Intern at the U.S. Consulate-General, Osaka-Kobe in Japan, where he analyzed Japanese demographics and fiscal spending to make projections for future student exchanges to the United States.

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Jiwook Yoo is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics at UC Berkeley. His primary interests are public finance, developmental economics, stochastic processes, and topology. This summer, he stayed in Berkeley, working on machine learning in the Statistics Department.