The Institute of Governmental Studies will award up to four research grants in the amount of $500 each to U.C. Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy. Students from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The Institute of Governmental Studies will award three Synar Graduate Research Fellowships of $3,000 each. The Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship is awarded to distinguished UC Berkeley graduate students who are writing their dissertations on an aspect of American politics, which may include comparative research across nations with the United States as a major case. 

The Percy Grants and Synar Fellowships are made possible by a generous donation from William Brandt and Patrice Bugelas-Brandt. These fellowships were created to honor Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma, who was Bill’s mentor when he first became active in politics and public policy, and Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois for whom Patrice worked as a press secretary. 

Past Events

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Friday, February 11, 2022
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Join us as we congratulate the 2022 recipients of the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research and the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship. Student awardees will offer brief presentations of their research projects. The 2022 Synar Graduate Research Fellowship awardees are: Annie Benn, Unilateral...
2020 Percy Synar award winners
Friday, February 26, 2021
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Watch the full event here, in case you missed it! Join us as we congratulate the 2021 recipients of the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research and the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship . Student awardees will offer brief presentations of their research projects. The 2021 Synar Graduate...
Percy Synar Awards Flyer
Friday, March 6, 2020
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Join us as we congratulate the 2020 recipients of the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research and the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship . Student awardees will offer brief presentations of their research projects and refreshments will be served. The 2020 Synar Graduate Research Fellowship...
Friday, February 28, 2014 4:00pm
Please join us to honor the 2013-2014 recipients of the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research and the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship .