The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at UC Berkeley invites doctoral students from all UC campuses who are conducting research on higher education to apply for the David P. Gardner Seminar.
Each year, CSHE sponsors the David P. Gardner Seminar for doctoral students who are conducting research related to higher education. Named after UC President Emeritus David P. Gardner, the seminar was expanded in 2020 beyond UC Berkeley to engage students across the University of California system. Applications are accepted from doctoral students from all the UC campuses who represent multiple academic disciplines and are studying some aspect of higher education. This broad range in the seminar participants creates a unique community of early career researchers in higher education within the University of California system.
For each session, CSHE invites diverse scholars and administrators to make presentations on key higher education topics in California, the nation and the world. Students in the seminar hear lectures from prominent education leaders including chancellors and former presidents of University of California. Past speakers have included:
- UC Regents Chairs, Cecilia Estolano and John Perez
- Professor Tolani Britton from the Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley
- Former Under Secretary for Education Martha Kanter
- Director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) at the University of Washington, Maresi Nerad
- Engage with a range of disciplines that are related to higher education;
- Learn from scholars about their current research;
- Broaden understanding of different research tools and methodologies;
- Present their own dissertation work;
- Explore potential career paths; and
- Create a community of early career higher education researchers
The seminar meets remotely every other week for two hours - at least 14 meetings during the academic year.
Participants in the seminar are called David P. Gardner Fellows. Upon completion of the seminar, they will receive a $3,000 stipend.
Priority consideration is given to applications received before June 20, 2022. Please note that the enrollment is kept to 11 graduate students.
We look forward to engaging a new group of doctoral students in Fall 2022!
The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at UC Berkeley is the nation’s first established research institute devoted to the study of higher education. The Center’s mission is to produce and support multi-disciplinary scholarly perspectives on strategic issues in higher education, to conduct relevant policy research, to promote the development of a community of scholars and policymakers engaged in policy-oriented discussion, and to serve the public as a resource on higher education.