The fellowship, in memory of one of the most outstanding documentary photographers of the 20th-century, encourages the use of photography (black and white or color) in the scholarly work of any discipline at UC Berkeley.

The fellowship will be awarded to a UC Berkeley faculty member, a graduate student, or a senior who has been accepted for graduate work at Berkeley. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding work in documentary photography and a creative plan for future work.

Note: The Lange Fellowship has been postponed until early Spring Semester 2021 due to the current restrictions of the Covid Pandemic. It is our hope that by the Spring, the Lange committee will have implemented procedures that enable as many entries as possible, depending on the restrictions that might be then in place. We want the recipients of the fellowship to be able to travel and complete the supported project and hope that that will be possible. Watch this site for details on how to apply in late January.

Award and deadline

  • The selected fellow will receive $4,000.
  • The submission deadline is postponed until Spring 2021.
  • Review the complete requirements before submitting your entry.
  • Entries should be submitted in person to: Office of Public Affairs 2200 Bancroft Way University of California, Berkeley
  • Questions? Call 510/642-3734 or e-mail:

Fellowship requirements

All submissions should meet the following requirements:

  • 5-7 examples of photographic work:
    • Submissions should be made in traditional or digital print format (black & white or color).
    • Size will be minimum 8" x 10", maximum 11" x14"
    • Prints only. No slides or CDs will be accepted.
    • Prints should not be matted.
  • A 200-400 word description of a proposed documentary photographic project, including its rationale and objectives, technical dimensions, starting and finishing dates, and locations.
  • A letter of recommendation, highlighting the applicant's scholarly and photographic interests and skills and the academic value of the project. For student applicants, the letter must be from a Berkeley faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project. (Fellowship committee members may not act as sponsors.)
  • Upon completion of the project, the fellow must submit the following to the fellowship committee. (The final $500 of the fellowship will be awarded once these materials are received):
    • A paper of at least 250 words summarizing the project
    • 2 archival prints (11"x14") to be donated to the permanent collection of the Bancroft Library, including rights to their future use to promote the fellowship in print and online.
    • 6-8 images (print or digital) for inclusion on the Dorothea Lange Fellowship web site, including rights to their future use to promote the fellowship.

Applicant workshop

All applicants are invited to attend this workshop, which will answer questions about how to prepare the applicant's work for submission.

Fellowship committee

  • Ira Jacknis, Associate Research Anthropologist, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
  • Drew Johnson, Curator of Photography, Oakland Museum of California
  • Melani King, Web Producer, Office of Public Affairs, UC Berkeley
  • Jake Kosek, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  • Ken Light, Reva & David Logan Professor of Photojournalism, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
  • Paul Kitagaki Jr., Photographer, Sacramento Bee
Dorothea Lange photo shows a corner grocery store with a sign that says 'I am an American'

Japanese Owned Grocery Store, Oakland, 1942