Rocca Pre-Dissertation Application Information

Center for African Studies Fellowships

Rocca Predissertation Summer Fellowship


Applicants will submit an online application form, the materials listed below via e-mail, letters of recommendation and a waiver form.

  • B. Supporting materials

Submit the following items to the Center by e-mail:

  1. A 4-6 page essay describing the proposed research and summer work plan (aims, methods, itinerary, contacts, etc.)
  2. A timeline indicating expected progress through the various stages of the doctoral program
  3. budget (including a quote on air fare)
  4. curriculum vitae, and
  5. A copy of your unofficial UCB transcripts of record (CalCentral Academic Summary PDF).

To access your unofficial transcript of record, go to:, login with your Calnet ID, click on “My Academics", then click on “Academic Summary." Print the page as a PDF file, save and submit.

  • C. One Letter of Recommendation and Signed Waiver Form

  1. One letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor. Provide the recommender a copy of the signed Faculty Nomination Instructions and Waiver Form. The applicant's letter of recommendation should be sent ELECTRONICALLY directly from the faculty member the the Center via email to <>. We suggest that faculty member put in the subject line the name of the applicant and "ROCCA PreDiss Letter of Recommendation".
  2. Signed Waiver Form. This is the only PAPER SUBMISSION of your application. Please follow the directions written on the form.

Faculty Nomination Instructions and Waiver Form

"Faculty Nomination Form" should be submitted to:
Rocca Memorial Award Committee
International and Area Studies
Center for African Studies
342/356 Stephens Hall #2314, 
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2314
phone, 510.642.8338

Questions should be directed to Martha Saavedra,