Endowed chairs

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Depending on the type of endowment that is established, the annual payout from endowed faculty funds provide the chairholder with an annual scholarly allowance to support his/her teaching and research, as well as funds for graduate students in her/his field. Resources are also directed to support campus investment for faculty salaries in the area supported by the endowment.

Endowed chairs are reserved for distinguished scholars and teachers. Chairs may be used to honor a distinguished colleague or to attract to the Berkeley campus a valuable new member of the faculty. An administrative endowed chair provides funds in support of teaching, research, and service activities of the department, research unit, school, or college.

Many of the campus endowed chairs are “rotating” endowed chairs.  These are chairs that can move between departments and/or divisions; upon the appointment end date, the chair is either renewed or can go to another professor in a different field.  For this reason, University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) transfers the annual payout to a central deptId. 

New this fiscal year (FY2020-21): The Office of the Vice Chancellor Finance (OCFO) will send the funds for filled "rotating" endowed chairs to the allocation deptID of the chairholder's home division.  The Divisional Finance Leader (DFL) no longer needs to provide a budget to the OCFO or queue the commitment for disbursal.  DFLs will be responsible for the budget and funding processes for these chairs in the same way they are responsible for their own divisional and departmentally held endowed chairs.  Funding will be allocated to the divisional allocation org in the quarter the funds are received centrally from UDAR.

Please note, for those chairs appointed later in the year, please provide the appointment letter through the DFL concierge email with a request for funding as we get a list once per year of the incumbent Chair holders.

Select an action from the choices below. If none of these meet your needs, please email us at dfl_concierge@berkeley.edu with "Endowed chairs inquiries" in the subject line of your email. All inquiries must be reviewed and submitted by your Divisional Finance Leader to be considered by our concierge service.