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University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowships in the Humanities, 2020–21

The Faculty Research Fellow program began in 1986 as part of UC President David Gardner’s Humanities Initiative. The program provides UC faculty with fellowship support to carry out an extended research project in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. All applicants, including junior faculty, are also required to apply to appropriate extramural agencies that offer fellowship funding in their research fields. These may include, but are not limited to, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and various humanities centers offering residential fellowships. Fellowships will be awarded regardless of the applicant’s success in obtaining extramural funding, and successful applicants are expected to take fellowships concurrently. The fellowship cannot be deferred and must be used in the academic year following the year in which the fellowship is awarded (for a minimum of two quarters or one semester).

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty (see eligibility details below)

Maximum Award: Up to $30,000 (see award details below, up to 8 awards)

Application Deadlines: Monday, February 3, 2020

Award Announced (Expected): April 2020

Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP

Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.

Eligibility Details

Fellowships are awarded to UC ladder rank faculty regardless of tenure status; however, emeriti faculty or faculty on recall status are not eligible. Assistant Professors are especially encouraged to apply. Following the criteria used by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the fellowship supports faculty research in the following areas: language studies, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history; and the relevance of the humanities to human, social, and cultural issues.

Faculty may not hold a Presidential Faculty Fellowship more than once in a five-year period. It is the responsibility of applicants to confirm their eligibility with their campus dean’s office in the context of UC and local campus policies governing sabbatical and other forms of leave. Generally, a fellow should have accrued a minimum of two teaching credits toward sabbatical leave by June 30 in the year in which the fellowships are announced. However, the actual use of the sabbatical leave credits in conjunction with the fellowship will be a matter of negotiation between the home campus and the Fellow. Prior to submitting the application, candidates should consult with their dean and Academic Personnel Office in advance to determine UC and campus policies governing sabbatical and other forms of leave, including campus policies regarding the minimum number of sabbatical credits that a Fellow must contribute.

Award Details

The fellowship may be used for salary and benefits only. The maximum award is $30,000 for faculty. Funding received from all sources, including the fellowship, may not be greater than the Fellow’s salary for the academic year in which the fellowship will be used. Funds may not be used to pay for research expenses or course replacement. Sabbatical leave credit or salary supplements may contribute toward the Fellow’s salary during the period of the award.

The awarded Fellow’s campus administration will assist in developing a package. Since this award is a fellowship, Fellows are expected to be on leave and released from teaching and service responsibilities. UC and campus policies concerning return from leaves apply.

Application Details

Applications for academic year 2020–2021 must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 p.m. (PST), February 3, 2020. The application for a President’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities consists of the following:

  • Title of Research and Proposal Abstract (200 words max)
  • Description of Research and Writing Timeline (2500 words max), including plans for how this research will eventually be disseminated and a description of the current stage of the project
  • Bibliography (1 page max) of the most important works to be consulted
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)
  • List of Potential External Fellowships or other potential means of support during fellowship year

Selection Criteria

The selection committee is comprised of previous fellows and prominent UC faculty nominated in consultation with UC humanities deans. The committee will use the following criteria in evaluating each application:

  • The significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to knowledge in the applicant’s research areas and to the humanities generally.
  • The clarity and cogency of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the proposed project.
  • The extent to which the project engages in interdisciplinary research.
  • The coherence of the proposed project goals, strategies, and timeline.
  • The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project within a reasonable period. This criterion does not assume that the project should be completed within the fellowship year.

Fellow Responsibilities

Fellows agree to:

  • Submit a written statement describing their accomplishments (include titles of books or papers published) and the status of their research project in the humanities
  • Show the following acknowledgment, preferably on the copyright page of any major publication that was supported by the fellowship: “This project was supported in part by funding from the President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities, University of California.”
  • Send copies of the published work to UCHRI (at the discretion of the fellow) and inform UCHRI of any publications resulting from the fellowship
  • Deliver a public lecture or seminar at a campus humanities center either during the fellowship year or in the following academic year
  • Write a short essay describing the outcome of the project supported by his or her fellowship for inclusion in an e-publication disseminated to the UC community by UCHRI
  • Serve on a fellowship selection committee once during the five years following his or her fellowship year (upon request, tenured fellows only)
  • Provide biographical and project information for UCHRI’s website upon request

For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2.

Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop, 2020–21

The Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop Grant is intended for faculty interested in addressing gaps in the training that graduate students receive for career pathways outside the tenure track, and who want to propose innovative models for providing professional training not currently included in most departmental curricula. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), roughly 52% of humanities PhDs have tenure track job commitments at the time of graduation. This grant represents a learning opportunity for faculty and graduate students alike, moving departmental cultures toward better understandings of career pathways that nearly half of humanities PhDs might rewardingly pursue. Proposals must involve collaborative partnerships between humanistic units of at least three UC campuses.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Up to $10,000 (up to 2 awards)
Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020
Award Announced (Expected): May 2020
Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP

Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.

Topic Details

Proposals for the Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop Grant should include a well-developed plan for creative training activities in a specific area of professionalization. Successful workshops will bring together graduate students from a variety of disciplines in the humanities and humanistic social sciences from at least three UC campuses (though more are strongly preferred). Priority will be given to projects that clearly demonstrate how a workshop or online materials will address crucial skills that graduate students need in order to succeed in future careers in diverse roles beyond the tenure track.

The funds are intended to support the development and execution of new workshops, though they may also support the augmentation of existing programs, provided they demonstrate a building out or scaling up of those programs (in addition to the multicampus aspect). This grant represents a unique opportunity to consider cross-campus collaborations that involve entities like career centers, graduate divisions, humanities centers, etc. Proposals that show plans for such innovative collaborations will receive priority for funding.

Based on five years of success with UCHRI’s Humanists@Work program, we have found that involving graduate students at all stages of program development and evaluation leads to more productive outcomes and maximizes the professional benefits they gain from workshops and trainings. At least one graduate student should be a co-collaborator in the conceptualization and planning of the proposed activities; a plan for this should be indicated clearly in the proposal. Graduate students should be fairly compensated for their labor and must be paid an hourly rate equivalent to a Graduate Student Researcher Step III or higher, according to the UC salary scale. No funds may be used to pay graduate tuition or fees. When determining appropriate remuneration, applicants should keep in mind that they are paying graduate students for their research expertise.

Application Details

Faculty organizers must be UC ladder rank faculty members who will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the training workshop. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process.

Prospective faculty organizers must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)
  • List of Graduate Students Involved in Project Planning (including campuses and departments)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities and include participants from at least three UC campuses.

Project Description

The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Problem Statement, including a description of the topic or issue that the training seeks to address and its significance to graduate professionalization in the humanities.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, with an emphasis on how the activities will address a skill set or area of knowledge that is crucial for graduate students’ success in a specific professional area.
  • Statement on Graduate Student Involvement, describing in detail how graduate student(s) were involved in developing the proposal, how they will be involved in shaping the proposed activities, and how the project will benefit graduate students across the UC.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Budgets may cover travel and lodging expenses for workshop meetings. Catered and group meals may not exceed 25% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages.

UCHRI may also consider administrative costs (up to 15% of the total requested amount), provided justification is detailed in both the budget template and the budget narrative. Amounts should be determined in advance and in writing with the administrative unit (e.g., the faculty organizer’s department or campus humanities center). Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.

For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant for which you need assistance.

For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2.

Multicampus Faculty Working Groups, 2020–21


The Multicampus Faculty Working Group Grant supports University of California faculty as they collaborate on innovative agendas in ways that contribute to the advancement of the working group topic specifically, and the humanities as a whole. Working groups may consist of 5 to 15 individuals (primarily UC faculty, from at least two campuses) who will collaborate over one academic year to address a clearly-defined and timely issue or the early stages of research on an emergent topic in the humanities. Throughout this year, members must engage in regular, ongoing virtual communication and meet in person at least two times.
Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Up to $15,000
Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020
Award Announced (Expected): May 2020
Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP
Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.
Application Details
Faculty organizers must be UC ladder rank faculty members who will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the working group. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process.

Prospective faculty organizers must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:
 

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

 Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities and include faculty participants from at least two UC campuses. Preference will be given to projects that engage three or more UC campuses and those that incorporate broader and more diverse publics in the expressive or interpretive work of the humanities.
 

Project Description
The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:
 

  • Problem Statement, including a description of the topic or issue that the working group seeks to address and its short- and long-term significance to the humanities.
  • List of Participants, including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, which may include scholarly publication, digital tool development/refinement, programmatic initiatives (e.g., curriculum development), or the completion of external grant proposals or applications.

 Wherever possible, the project description should also address the way the working group plans to engage multiple campuses, disciplines, and publics in their work.
 

Proposed Budget
The proposed budget is made up of two elements:
 

 Budgets may cover travel and lodging expenses for workshop meetings of working group members as well as necessary group-related research expenses. Catered and group meals may not exceed 25% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages.
UCHRI may also consider administrative costs (up to 15% of the total requested amount), provided justification is detailed in both the budget template and the budget narrative. Amounts should be determined in advance and in writing with the administrative unit (e.g., the faculty organizer’s department or campus humanities center). Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.
 

For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu.
 

For technical assistance contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

Multicampus Graduate Student Working Groups, 2020–21
The Multicampus Graduate Student Working Group Grant supports UC PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences as they collaborate on innovative agendas in ways that contribute to the advancement of the working group topic specifically, and the humanities as a whole. Working groups may consist of 5 to 15 individuals (primarily UC humanities PhD students from at least two campuses, all of whom are in good academic standing) who will collaborate over one academic year to address a clearly-defined and timely issue or the early stages of research on an emergent topic in the humanities. Throughout the year, members must engage in regular, ongoing virtual communication and meet in person at least quarterly.
Eligible Applicants: UC humanities PhD students in good standing, in conjunction with a faculty member who has agreed in advance to serve in the role of Principal Investigator (PI)
Maximum Award: Up to $4,000 (up to 5 awarded)
Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020
Award Announced (Expected): May 2020
Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP
Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.
Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.
 

Application Details
Graduate student organizers will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of working group and will work in conjunction with the PI to manage the award. Faculty PIs are not expected to take an active role in the working group’s research or programming; their sole responsibility is to facilitate the administration of funding.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process.
Prospective graduate student organizers must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:
 

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Graduate Student organizer(s) (2 pages max)
  • Letter of Commitment from the faculty PI, who will facilitate the administration of funding

 Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities and include graduate student participants from at least two UC campuses.
Preference will be given to projects that engage three or more UC campuses and those that incorporate broader and more diverse publics in the expressive or interpretive work of the humanities.
 

Project Description
The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:
 

  • Problem Statement, including a description of the topic or issue that the working group seeks to address and its short- and long-term significance to the humanities.
  • List of Participants, including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives.
  • Calendar of Proposed Dates and Locations for the quarterly in-person meetings as well as any other group-sponsored events or activities.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, which may include scholarly publication, a well-curated online tool, or programmatic initiatives (e.g., curriculum development).

 Wherever possible, the project description should also address the way the working group plans to engage multiple campuses, disciplines, and publics in their work.
 

Proposed Budget
The proposed budget is made up of two elements:
 

 Proposed budgets should include itemized cost estimates and may cover any necessary group-related research expenses or materials and are primarily intended to offset expenses for working group members to attend in-person working group meetings, such as travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses. When preparing budgets, please keep in mind that catered and group meals may not exceed 25% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages.
UCHRI may also consider administrative costs (up to 15% of the total requested amount), provided justification is detailed in both the budget template and the budget narrative. Amounts should be determined in advance and in writing with the administrative unit (e.g., the student organizer’s department or campus humanities center). Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.
For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.
For technical assistance contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

Short-Term Collaborative Research Residency, 2020–21
Short-term residencies are committed research groups that come to UCHRI to work together on a project already underway and with a designated outcome in sight. Residencies may run up to two weeks and are intended for between two and ten residents representing any discipline or field in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, or in conjunction with scholars, artists, scientists, and experts across various disciplines. Research projects undertaken in short-term residencies advance the field of humanistic scholarship and engage in multi-disciplinary and multi-campus research.
Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Furnished on-campus housing for up to two weeks and reasonable travel costs to the institute
Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020
Award Announced (Expected): May 2020
Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP
Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.
Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.
 

Application Details
Faculty organizers must be a UC ladder rank faculty member and will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of short-term residency. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process.
Prospective faculty organizers must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:
 

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the organizer(s) (2 pages max)

 Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities and include faculty participants from at least two UC campuses. Preference will be given to projects that engage three or more UC campuses and projects already underway, although UCHRI will consider less-developed projects provided that there is a compelling case made for the benefit of an intense research residency.

Project Description
The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:
 

  • Problem Statement, including a description of the topic or issue that the short-term residency seeks to address and its short- and long-term significance to the humanities.
  • List of Participants, including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives.
  • Proposed Objectives of the residency, which should be a clearly-defined outcome that fits in with the broader objectives of the project already undertaken by the group.

 For program related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, community relations officer, at snakano@hri.uci.edu Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.
For technical assistance contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

Digital Humanities Grant, 2020–21

The Digital Humanities Grant supports innovative and collaborative digital humanities projects at an advanced stage of development. The grant provides financial resources to support robust digital projects that are firmly rooted in the humanities. UCHRI is particularly interested in supporting digital work that, by its very nature, transforms research practices and troubles taken-for-granted conceptual frameworks in the humanities, rather than simply employing digital tools to enhance traditional research. Building upon UCHRI’s strong tradition of supporting collaborative, multicampus work, preference will be given to projects drawing upon the varied and considerable knowledge of UC faculty, librarians, staff, and/or students, with the goal of creating lasting networks of scholars that can strengthen digital skills and generate sustained inquiry into the future directions of digital humanities.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: $15,000 (The number of awards will depend on the quality of proposals and the available budget.)
Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020
Award Announced (Expected): May 2020
Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP

Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.

Topic Details

UCHRI looks forward to receiving project proposals that push the boundaries of innovation and collaboration, while developing or building upon exciting digital methods that are rooted in humanistic research and inquiry. Projects can take many forms, but applicants are especially encouraged to consider:

  • Projects that demonstrate new applications of innovative digital methods or tools
  • Work that tackles analytical questions in addition to practical applications of digital tools
  • Scholarship that offers new approaches to critical questions on the role of digital culture and its impact
  • Original projects that foster increased collaboration and dialogue within and across UC campuses

Please note that UCHRI will NOT fund:

  • Website development or sustainability not central to research project development or public dissemination and/or websites for departments, centers, institutes, or programs
  • Projects that would replicate existing tools, or tools for which there is no clearly-demonstrable need among humanists
  • Projects that focus solely on digitization of archives, or mapping of existing data sets

Examples of how digital projects might push the existing boundaries of the humanities:

Visualization. A project that involves visualizing humanistic data would not just consist of mapping data onto a pretty picture. Rather, the work should employ digital mediation in pursuit of a different entree into a particular set of problems. How can something like dynamic visualization help transform a researcher’s emphasis, rethink relational structures, or upend conventions of time and space, rather than just visualizing or preserving information?

Mapping. Moving beyond plotting data on maps, projects could take a more expansive view to consider how digital tools might provide opportunities for rethinking the entire conception of geography, or for generating different concepts of spatiality that shape humanistic inquiry.

Creativity. Can AI produce art? Do databases have poetics? Can digital humanities offer opportunities for immersive or interactive experiences of humanistic data or ideas? Creative projects that offer unconventional ideas and unexpected outcomes are especially encouraged.

Application Details

Faculty organizers must be UC ladder rank faculty members and are responsible for coordinating all aspects of the digital humanities project. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process. Prospective faculty organizers must apply online via Submittable

Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities and include faculty participants from at least two UC campuses. 

Project Description

The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Problem Statement, including a brief overview of the project, its significance to the humanities, and the innovative nature of its digital components.
  • List of Participants, including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives.
  • Research Plan, including a proposed development timeline, and any relevant milestones. The grant activities must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
  • Proposed Objectives, including any final deliverables and concrete plans to sustain the project beyond the grant period.

If the digital humanities project is associated with an already-funded research project, the project description should include a brief overview of the original humanities research project as well. The faculty organizer should also explicitly state how the digital humanities element will provide substantial benefit to the principal research project as a whole, but also stand alone on its academic merits.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Proposed budgets should provide realistic estimates for development, ongoing management, and long-term sustainability. Budgets should also include any other funding sources that will support the project.

UCHRI may also consider administrative costs (up to 15% of the total requested amount), provided justification is detailed in both the budget template and the budget narrative. Amounts should be determined in advance and in writing with the administrative unit (e.g., the faculty organizer’s department or campus humanities center). Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.

For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2.

Engaging Humanities Grant, 2020–21

The Engaging Humanities Grant supports UC faculty in pursuing thoughtful engagement with diverse publics beyond the academy. California’s communities represent a rich resource for UC faculty interested in pursuing collaborative, public-facing projects that will impact people beyond their campuses. Recognizing that off-campus outreach can produce transformations in knowledge, this grant encourages scholars to develop innovative projects that weave together humanities research and/or pedagogy with community engagement, strengthening ties between UC campuses and California communities through partnerships with community organizations, museums, NGOs, or other public-facing groups.

This year, for the first time, applicants are invited to apply for a seed grant of up to $5,000 for burgeoning projects, or a project grant of up to $20,000 for more developed projects. Applicants to all Engaging Humanities grants must have a letter of support from a community partner. Successful grant applicants must secure a match of at least 50% of UCHRI-awarded funds from other funding sources. UCHRI is particularly interested in proposals that clearly articulate innovative modes of engagement with well-defined publics.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Up to $5,000 for seed grants, and up to $20,000 for project grants (at least 50% of awarded funds for project grants must be matched). The number of awards will depend on the quality of proposals and the available budget.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020
Award Announced (Expected): May 2020
Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP

Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.

Topic Details

Engaging Humanities Grants will produce original scholarship and/or programming that is invested in, inflected by, and interesting to a specific public. Applicants should avoid proposing projects where the primary goal is to simply disseminate their research projects beyond the walls of the academy. Ideally, projects will engage a diverse group of UC humanities faculty and students with individuals or groups outside the academy in both the production and dissemination of research. Although projects might include some panel discussions or lectures, they should not be limited to these traditional academic forms of engagement. 

All proposals should address the following questions:

  • Thoughtfully define your project’s “public(s).” 
  • What are the key features of your intended collaboration? 
  • What are the stakes for its members who choose to participate in the project? 
  • Does the project fill a need within the organization?
  • What are the goals of public engagement?
  • What new possibilities might arise from this collaboration?

Proposals for project grants (above $5,000) should ALSO consider:

  • What is the history of your relationship with the community partner?
  • What is the dialogue with this public about? 

Seed Grants (up to $5,000, up to 4 awards)

Applicants will have already connected with a community organization, and have clearly-articulated plans for small-scale, innovative, experimental partnerships. 

Project Grants (up to $20,000, up to 2 awards)

Proposals will describe ongoing collaborations with community partners that have already produced tangible results, and are founded on symbiotic partnership with outside organizations. Applicants should clarify how this award will advance the project to a new stage, build up a new area of collaboration, or produce a unique outcome.

Application Details

Faculty organizers must be UC ladder rank faculty members and will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the grant. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process. Prospective faculty organizers must apply online via Submittable.

Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • Memorandum of Agreement or Community Letter from the partner organization
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Interdisciplinary and multi-campus collaborations are strongly encouraged. Though proposed initiatives may involve scholars from a single or multiple UC campuses  (depending on the needs of the project), significant preference will be given to projects that involve at least two UC campuses. Preference is also given to projects that engage with populations not traditionally well represented at the university.

It is strongly recommended that faculty organizers make requests for matching funds BEFORE submitting the application, as it may not be possible for home campuses or granting agencies to appropriate funds if the request comes after the announcement of the UCHRI award.

Project Description

The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Intellectual Agenda, including the relevance and importance of the project for the campus(es), the partner organization, and broader communities.
  • Research Plan, including proposed development timeline, and any relevant milestones. The grant activities must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
  • List of Participants, including each participant’s name, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives. Commitments from non-UC participants should be evident.
  • Proposed Objectives, including expected outcomes, how the project will potentially impact various communities, and how this impact might be evaluated or measured.
  • Partnership Statement, describing the project’s relationship with its partner organizations and participants, and a description of the target audiences.
  • Outreach Strategies for involving broader communities, including an explanation of why the chosen strategy is particularly suited for the target audience.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

  • The Applicant PROPOSED Budget Template
  • A Budget Narrative (500 words max) that describes how estimates were determined and lists secured, or potential sources for matching funds.

Proposed budgets may cover travel and lodging expenses for workshop meetings of working group members as well as necessary group and project-related research expenses, including programming and web support. Catered and group meals may not exceed 25% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages. Please note that the majority of the budget should support research and engagement.

UCHRI may also consider administrative costs (up to 15% of the total requested amount), provided justification is detailed in both the budget template and the budget narrative. Amounts should be determined in advance and in writing with the administrative unit (e.g., the faculty organizer’s department or campus humanities center). Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.

For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant for which you need assistance.

For technical assistance, contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2.

Medicine & Humanities: The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship, 2020–21


The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Scholarship will be awarded to one or more regularly enrolled full-time UC graduate students working in appropriate fields. The award is intended to help students complete the writing of their dissertations by providing a monthly stipend that supports living expenses, research related costs, and partial school fees, if necessary. Please note that the amount will NOT cover a full year’s worth of fees and tuition.
Eligible Applicants: UC doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences working on a medicine-focused dissertation project.
Maximum Award: Up to $20,000
Application Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020
Award Announced (Expected): April 2020
Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP
Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.
Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.
 

Application Details
Potential applicants must be current full-time UC humanities/theoretical social science PhD students pursuing medicine-focused dissertations and who will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2020.
Required documents include:
 

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max), including brief statement of your research and its relation to humanities/theoretical social science and medicine
  • Project Description (2,000 words max), which can be a variation of your prospectus, including a description of your research and how it relates to humanities/theoretical social science and medicine as well as how the funding will help advance your field and your own dissertation progress
  • One Chapter from the applicant’s dissertation (no longer than 30 pages, double spaced) or the equivalent (e.g., journal articles)
  • Two Letters of Reference (to be submitted through Submittable no later than April 1, 2020), including one from the your dissertation advisor confirming that you will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2020.

 Students will be based at their home campuses; the scholarship is not a residency at UCHRI. Strong preference is given to students who are more advanced in their PhD dissertation research and writing.
For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the program for which you need assistance.
For technical assistance contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

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