The Berreman-Yamanaka Global Equity Award

The Berreman-Yamanaka Fund for Global Equity is dedicated to global intellectual exchange by assisting students and scholars from low-income countries to come to UC Berkeley as visiting scholars for a period of up to one year. 

The Berreman-Yamanaka Global Equity Award covers the required university, ISSI, and visa fees and may also include a small amount for travel (approximately $500). The visiting student/scholar must pay for their own living expenses while in Berkeley as well as covering all or most of their travel expenses.

The awardee will be provided with office space at ISSI and will also have access to the University’s vast library holdings and other resources. We ask all Visiting Student Researchers and Visiting Scholars to share their research in an informal seminar setting and/or to write a working paper to be published as part of ISSI’s Working Paper Series in the eScholarship Repository of the California Digital Library.

Eligibility and Application

The award is open to graduate/post-graduate students and to scholars (those who already have a doctorate) from low-income and lower-middle income countries as defined by the World Bank (the countries shaded light or dark purple at that link).

Priority is given to those conducting research related to the work of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please complete this online form.


photo of Gerald Berreman

Gerald D. Berreman (1930-2013), a native of Portland, taught for 42 years (1959-2001) in UC Berkeley’s Anthropology Department and was an affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Social Change (now ISSI). He was widely recognized for championing socially responsible anthropology and for his work on social inequality in India. A famed anthropologist and ethnographer, he not only committed his career to the study of caste, gender, class, and environment in South Asia, but also contributed his knowledge to Global Studies by linking it to a wide range of societal inequality and social justice issues challenging all peoples of the world today.

photo of Keiko Yamanaka

Keiko Yamanaka (born in 1949), who was married to Berreman for twenty years before his passing, grew up in Shizuoka City, Japan. She came to the United States in 1979 as a graduate student and earned her doctorate in sociology at Cornell University in 1987. Since 1996, she has taught Ethnic Studies and Global Studies courses at UC Berkeley, focusing on Asian American populations and transnational migration in the Asia-Pacific. Throughout her career in the U.S. and Asia, Yamanaka has promoted the value of academic exchange between developing societies and the U.S.