Student Commitments

Students who are selected as Haas Scholars are expected to make the senior capstone experience a main academic priority during the fellowship year.  The Scholar’s Contract below details the commitments that Haas Scholars must make in order to remain eligible for the program.  Please review it carefully before you apply.

Here are the major items you should be aware of:

Events (these will be remote until UC Berkeley allows in-person events and instruction):

New Scholars Reception, April, 2023

Haas Scholars Orientation Retreat, May, 2023.  You will be booked for all day every day and into the evening (except for a few hours off each afternoon), and you are encouraged to sleep each night at the retreat hotel (near campus).

Full time research all summer, 2023 (no jobs or summer courses allowed)

Haas Scholars Fall Seminar, every Friday in Fall 2023, 3-5 pm; 1 unit credit (but you may take it for no credit as well)

Recommended: Haas Scholars working group, every Friday after seminar, 5-6:30 pm or at another time agreed upon by participating scholars. 

Haas Scholars winter conference, January, 2024

Haas Scholars spring writing group, every Friday 3-5 pm in spring 2024; 1 unit credit  (mandatory except for those in structured honors thesis seminars and December grads)

And tasks:

For both semesters in which you are progressing on your project and are receiving the academic year stipend, you must sign up for 3+ units supervised by your mentor to carry out your project (this is usually an honors thesis, other times an independent study, and sometimes one semester of each)

You will need to make a plan approved by your mentor, report on your progress and turn in receipts in early fall and late fall, 2023 and the end of the spring, 2024.

You will turn in all remaining receipts (or check to return unspent funds), plus your final product (usually your thesis), by the last day of finals in in Spring 2024, May 10.  

For more details, please see the contract available here.