Now accepting applications for the Helen Wallace Dissertation Award

February 9, 2021

The purpose of the Helen Wallace Dissertation Award is to advance and elevate graduate-level research at the intersection of MCAH, innovation, and technology. Named after our Center’s namesake, this award continues Helen Wallace’s legacy to advance MCAH through cross-sector collaboration, training, and research. The Wallace Center is looking to support dissertation research that aims to assess or address health behaviors and/or health outcomes through technology and innovation in one or more of the following focus areas: 

•  Maternal and Infant Health

•  Child and Adolescent Health

•  Sexual and Reproductive Health

•  The Lifecourse Perspective 

We strongly encourage applications that aim to address health disparities and health equity.

Award Amount

$8,000 for one academic year that may be used for research activities, tuition and fees, or living expenses. In addition, the Wallace Center will fund travel and registration fees up to $2,000 for the student to present their dissertation research at an academic or professional conference.


•  Doctoral students from any professional or academic program at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. We encourage students from the following disciplines to apply—Public Health, Data Science, Information, Engineering, Law, Business, Social Welfare, and Public Policy.

•  International and undocumented* students are eligible to apply.

•  Only doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy, are in good academic standing, and have at least one year left in their program will be considered. 

Application Components 

1. Completed Application Form

2. Dissertation Summary (not to exceed one page): Describe the dissertation project in brief (including hypothesis, research questions, and methods) and address how the project aligns and advances the Wallace Center’s mission.

3. Personal Statement (not to exceed two pages): Describe your diverse personal experiences, which can include information about family or cultural background, socioeconomic status, educational advantages and/or other lived-experiences, and your research objectives, and long-term career goals.

4. Dissertation Prospectus (not to exceed four pages)

5. Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from dissertation chair): Please have your letter writers email their letters of recommendations to

6. Unofficial transcripts: A copy of the academic summary provided in CalCentral can be submitted in lieu of transcripts from the Office of the Registrar. 

Requirements of Award Recipient 

•  To attend regular Wallace Center Works-in-Progress seminars and provide periodic updates on the research project.

•  To present their final dissertation research to the Wallace Center team.

•  To submit their research to be presented at a professional conference or meeting.

•  To acknowledge Wallace Center funding on all research presentations and publications. 

Application Deadline

March 12th, 2021

Award Selection

Award selection will be based on the scholarly merit of the individual application and alignment between the purposed research and the Wallace Center’s mission. The Wallace Center is particularly interested in applications that address health inequities. Students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director Marissa McKool at

*Funding availability for non-AB540 students is dependent upon the continuation of SEC. 2. Section 66021.9 of the Education Code in the California State Budget 

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