The Fisher Center annually sponsors a research grant program available to all UC Berkeley faculty and Ph.D. students with research projects in the areas of real estate, real estate finance, and urban economics.

The Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics has a limited amount of funding available for research proposals from UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidates, and invites you to submit a proposal to fund research for fiscal year 2024/25. (Please note that this year the Fisher Center is not funding faculty research projects.)

Faculty may sponsor a Ph.D. by submitting a letter of recommendation, along with a brief description of the student’s project.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE:  Friday, May 3, 2024

TOPICS:  Research related to real estate asset and capital markets, agglomeration and urban economics, sustainability, stress in banking markets, housing markets, or consumer credit – all broadly defined.

FUNDING PERIOD:  August 1, 2023 through May 30, 2024

TOTAL FUNDING AMOUNT: Up to $15,000 per project


  •  A brief description of the project
  •  A letter from the faculty sponsor


  • All Ph.D. proposals must be submitted through a faculty member.
  • Student must have passed orals and received thesis committee approval before the start of the Fall 2024 semester in August 2024.
  • Student must register for and attend the weekly Research Seminar in Real Estate in both Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters.
  • Submit at least one working paper on the research topic. The paper must include a one-page abstract and, with faculty approval, it will be included in the Center’s working paper series.


NOTIFICATION: Decisions will be made by the Fisher Center’s Research Grants Committee. Applicants will be notified by June 30, 2024.

QUESTIONS? : Contact Tom Chappelear via email ([email protected]) or call 510-643-6109.