Applications are open to the FLAD/Pinto-Fialon Grant, a partnership between the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) and the Center for Portuguese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, which will award two scholarships to PhD or Master’s students who have been accepted at the University of California, Berkeley. Applications open until the 25th of November 2022.

PhD students will be able to receive financial support up to $60,000 per student, distributed over the five years of the doctoral period. Starting this year, this scholarship also includes master’s students, who can receive support up to $26,000 per student during the two years of the master’s program.

In order to receive this support, it is essential that students have been accepted by the University of California, Berkeley, in their respective programs. This grant will be awarded to Portuguese students, residing in Portugal for at least 5 years.

Are eligible students from all scientific fields.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Portuguese ID;
  • CV;
  • Description of the intended study plan (maximum 3 pages);
  • Letter of motivation;
  • Document proving the acceptance and registration at the University of California, Berkeley;
  • Consent under the General Data Protection Regulation.

Applications must be submitted through the online platform on this link:


  • Applications open from May 25 to November 25;
  • The results will be communicated to applicants by e-mail address on a rolling admission basis, first-come, first-served;
  • A progress report shall be sent to FLAD within 90 days after the conclusion of the first academic year at UC-Berkeley.

Additional information:

Applying to UC-Berkeley requires not only impeccable previous academic records but also a tremendous insight and preparation on the application process, application documentation and its formats (strong resume, letter of motivation, letters of reference, etc), as well as careful attention to rigid application timings and deadlines.

Standard timeline and application processes to apply for a Master’s or PhD at UC-Berkeley usually run May through December of the academic year prior to the expected year of attendance. However, specific information regarding the graduate application process and respective timeline is found on each of UC-Berkeley’s department’s websites.

FLAD highly recommends prospective UC-Berkeley applicants to participate in Fulbright Portugal’s Pathway to Graduate School. This program, that is free of charge to participants, will guide and assist interested Portuguese students that wish to apply for a Masters or PhD program at a US university. See the Fulbright Portugal website for more information, here.

This information does not dispense with the attentive consultation of the tender notice.

If you need further clarification, please contact Ricardo Pereira ( or Duarte Pinheiro (