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Scholarship Opportunity: The Society invites online applications for the third year of its Key into Public Service Scholars program. This initiative will award $5,000 undergraduate scholarships and participation opportunities for networking and job training for up to 20 sophomore and junior liberal arts and sciences students interested in pursuing public service careers. Society membership is not required. Characteristics of ideal recipients include intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary breadth and depth of arts and sciences coursework, leadership propensity, and service to others. Interested students should learn more and apply online by January 23, 2022 at

The 2022 Graduate Fellowship Application is  now open. The Fellowship  is usually given to those in the final stages of writing a dissertation and is open to UC Berkeley doctoral students who are PBK members from any institution.   Applications are due by February 1, 2022. Decisions will be announced in April 2022.  More information here.

Summer Invitations: Invitations based on Spring Semester grades were emailed on June 24, 2021.  Congratulations to all. We look forward to you becoming a member!

May 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates: The programs for the May 6, 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Initiation and your certificate are now available for pick-up/mailing! Please send a message to if you did not receive the email message.

The virtual Initiation Ceremony held May 6, 2021, to induct the new members elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Chapter Alpha of California in 2021 and to honor the new members from 2020 as well as the 2020 and 2021 Graduate Fellowship recipients from PBKNCA and Alpha of California may now be viewed online.

We are pleased to say that Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ’s remarks to the 2017 Initiates may be found here: Carol Christ Remarks.   Remarks to Initiates from Professor Panayiotis Papadopoulos (2016) may be found here: Panayiotis Papadopoulos Remarks Remarks to Initiates from Professor Kinch Hoekstra (2019) may be be found here: Kinch Hoekstra Remarks

The Society invites online applications for our Key into Public Service scholarship. The goal is to connect promising liberal arts and sciences students with opportunities in local, state, and federal public service careers and award $5,000 undergraduate scholarships to successful applicants. Membership is not required, but students must attend a Phi Beta Kappa chapter institution and participate in a virtual public service conference in June 2021 that will provide training, mentoring, and resources.

PBK Writing Interns Wanted: The national office of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is seeking writing interns to help publicize the work of the Society and write stories about our alumni members. Applicants must be new members of Phi Beta Kappa to be considered for this position. Each intern receives a $1,000 stipend. Five publishable articles are required to complete the internship program. For more information: PBK Writing Internship

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