Miller Fellowship Program

The University of California and the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science are pleased to announce the Miller Fellowship Program. The Institute is inviting department chairs, faculty advisors, professors and research scientists at institutions around the world to submit online nominations for Miller Research Fellowships in the basic sciences.The Institute seeks to discover and encourage individuals of outstanding talent and to provide them with the opportunity to pursue their research on the Berkeley campus. The Institute will provide a total compensation package of $75,000 (Fellows will receive a stipend of $65,000 and a research fund of $10,000 per annum to be used in support of research during the Miller Fellowship) and an additional allowance of $3,000 is allowed for the transport of personal belongings.

The Miller Institute is the sponsor and the administrative home department for each Miller Fellow who is hosted by an academic department on the Berkeley campus.The University of California is a public university system in the U.S. state of California. The Miller Institute is “dedicated to the encouragement of creative thought and the conduct of research and investigation in the field of pure science and investigation in the field of applied science in so far as such research and investigation are deemed by the Advisory Board to offer a promising approach to fundamental problems.”


To eligible for the Miller Fellowship, the applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  • You are eligible
  1. If you are currently a student or postdoc within the US on F1 status, you may be eligible for F1-OPT or a STEM extension.
  2. If you are currently outside of the US, you will be eligible for J1-Scholar status. They do not support H1B status.
  • The applicant must have obtained their Ph.D. by the time the Miller Fellowship begins. (Must receive your Ph.D. within 5 years to be eligible)
  • Miller Research Fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists of great promise who have recently been awarded, or who are about to be awarded the doctoral degree.
  • Normally, Miller Fellows are expected to begin their Fellowship shortly after being awarded their Ph.D. A short period as a post-doctoral fellow elsewhere does not exclude eligibility. However, candidates who have already completed substantial postdoctoral training are unlikely to be successful except in unusual circumstances.
  • Postdocs cannot have had more than five years of postdoctoral experience, including from other institutions, nor been employed as an assistant professor, associate professor or professor in order to be eligible.
  • A nominee cannot hold a paid or unpaid position on the Berkeley campus at the time of nomination or throughout the competition and award cycle, which can run into February.
  • Nominees who are non-US citizens must show eligibility for obtaining J-1 Scholar visa status for the duration of the Miller Fellowship.
  • Non-US citizens will be required to prove English language proficiency prior to award. The Miller Institute does not support H1B visa status.
  • The Fellowship term must commence between July 1 and September 1, 2018.
  • If you are already on campus or plan to start on campus between now and the time that an award is made, you are not eligible. The intent of the award is to bring new people to campus, so if you have already found a way here, you are not eligible.
  • Nominees should have a demonstrated record of outstanding research and a commitment to pursuing basic research.

How to Apply:

To apply for the fellowship, the applicant can submit online nomination through the given link:

Supporting documents:

  • Nomination Letter
  • Letters of support (Reference Letter)
  • Research Statement and Publications Lists

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • TheMiller Institute provides a stipend of $65,000 with annual increases on subsequent anniversary dates. This stipend is not to be construed as salary for teaching or for duties rendered to the University of California. Miller Fellows also receive a research fund of $10,000 per annum to be used in support of research during the Miller Fellowship, for a total compensation package of $75,000.
  • Miller Fellows are entitled to all normal holidays observed by the University and are granted an annual bank of 24 days of personal time off. Personal time does not carry forward.
  • Twelve days of sick leave are granted annually.
  • There is provision for travel to (but not away from) Berkeley for Miller Fellows and their immediate families. An additional allowance of $3,000 is allowed for the transport of personal belongings.
  • Benefits including medical, dental, vision, short-term disability and life insurance are provided, with Miller Fellows making a small contribution towards the premium. Long term disability is voluntary.
  • All University of California postdocs are exclusively represented by the UAW and are subject to the terms of the contract including payment of membership dues or agency fees.
  • Approximately eight to ten (8 to 10) Fellowships are awarded each year.
  • Miller Fellowships are granted for a period of three years, generally beginning August 1 and ending on July 31. Starting dates are negotiable but must commence between July 1 and September 1.

Application Deadline:

  • The 2017 Miller Fellowship Nominations are due no later than Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 11:59 pm (-7 GMT).
  • Invited nominees will be asked to complete an online application due no later than Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
  • Candidates will be notified of the results of the competition between mid-December and mid-February, and a general announcement of the awards will be made in the spring.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If you have any question about the program, contact to Kathryn Day at the Miller Institute at510.642.4088 or via email

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