Metcalf Fund highlights success of faculty in raising graduate fellowships
“Many of our finest graduate students are from the South Asia region itself and cannot even contemplate studying [at Berkeley] without adequate financial assistance.”
Barbara ’74 and Thomas Metcalf (pictured) are part of the unprecedented wave of faculty members who gave to The Campaign for Berkeley. Thomas is an Emeritus Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies at Berkeley; Barbara earned her Ph.D. here, is the Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and is a professor emerita and former dean at UC Davis.
The philanthropically minded historians created the Barbara and Thomas Metcalf Fund for Graduate Student Support as a way to give back to the university that had helped shape their careers and ensure that research in their field continues to flourish.
“Excellent graduate students, such as those we have both been privileged to teach, are essential to retaining a distinguished faculty, and, as teachers of undergraduates, they advance Cal’s core mission,” the Metcalfs said. “Many of our finest graduate students are from the South Asia region itself and cannot even contemplate studying here without adequate financial assistance.”
Part of the campaign’s dramatic 84 percent jump in endowed graduate fellowships, the Metcalf Fund was amplified even further by two matching fund initiatives meant to inspire faculty giving: the Chancellor’s Challenge for Student Support and the Named Fund Initiative.