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This multi-year fellowship program is designed to build a network of underrepresented scholars for professional mentorship and development across the UC system. This program is designed to support diverse junior scholars and mid-career faculty in a broad range of activities as they progress through the ranks. The aim is to build spaces of support, to share best practices and challenges, and to respond to unspoken expectations in the academy. Underrepresented academics across all registers and first-generation scholars often face unique obstacles to their professional advancement and often unrecognized potential to transformatively impact the university. Building upon a pilot program that began in 2021, we invite a new cohort of scholars to join the fellowship program.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty and Lecturers

Maximum Award: Mentors and mentees will be financially compensated in the form of research funds for their participation in the fellowship program ($1500 for mentors and mentees). All participants will receive stipends to cover any travel costs associated with potential in-person gatherings.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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.

Program Details

With formative input from participants, this cross-campus mentorship fellowship addresses “invisible” or tacit aspects of faculty life not included in traditional training, which are nonetheless crucial for academic success. Examples of issues to be considered include: self-advocacy in retention and salary renegotiations, merit and promotion files, disproportionate teaching loads, securing funding and time for advancement, sabbatical and leave policies, committee service, applying for funding, preparing tenure files, book manuscript development, engaged scholarship, diversity work, advising graduate students, and extra-institutional interests and commitments. The pilot year of this fellowship also addressed topics like: the implicit curricula investments, literacies of funding, standing and positioning within one’s field, and transitioning into administrative positions.

UCHRI will connect young/mid-career scholars with senior scholar-mentors from UC campuses other than their own. The mentorship selection process will include the facilitation of one-on-one discussions between UCHRI and participants during July 2023 in order to identify appropriate mentors. Drawing upon participants’ own suggestions, as well as UCHRI’s extensive UC-wide networks, mentors will be chosen based on their capacities to contribute experiential knowledge in the following key areas: 1) Professional advancement and tenure, 2) Research and publishing, and 3) Balancing teaching, advising, and service work. Participants will have the opportunity to shape the foci of their meetings to the specific needs of the group.

Over the course of Fall 2023 and throughout 2024, the fellowship cohort will engage in monthly meetings and webinars in order to discuss the issues most important to them. Conditions permitting, UCHRI will convene at least one in-person meeting of the fellowship, potentially connecting current fellows with the previous year’s fellows as well. Individual, quarterly check-ins with UCHRI’s research grants manager will help ensure that program insights are recorded in order to establish best practices for future groups. Building upon the first two years, this third year of the program will connect a new cohort of scholars with one another, with mentors, and with the previous years’ participants. This program is meant to be expansive and supportive rather than burdensome, and thus does not require participants to produce a publication, public presentation, or any other tangible deliverable other than a brief report to help shape future iterations of the fellowship program. UCHRI will assist with the compilation of the final report if desired by the group.

Application Details

  • Personal Bio (250 words or less)
  • Statement of purpose (2,000 words maximum)
    • Describe your position within the academy as you experience it. Please feel free to share any relevant information about your personal background that has had an impact on your experience as a scholar.
    • Explain why you want to be a part of this mentoring program, and what specific mentoring needs you have.
    • What would be the most important 2-3 topics that you’d like the program to explore/address? (The following are suggestions only, please feel free to add your own):
      • How to advocate for yourself in retention and salary renegotiations
      • Merit and promotion files
      • Disproportionate teaching loads
      • Securing funding and time for advancement
      • Sabbatical and leave policies
      • Committee service
      • Preparing tenure files
      • Peer review
      • Engaged scholarship
      • Diversity work
      • Teaching
      • Advising graduate students and writing letters of recommendation
    • What questions do you have about the program?
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of ~2 names of potential faculty mentors on a UC campus other than your own, along with a brief explanation of why you’d like to work with this person.
    • UCHRI will draw from your suggestions and our UC-wide networks to select mentors, and will consult with awardees throughout the process to ensure a good fit.

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

For technical assistance, contact Submittable at support@submittable.com.

The Multicampus Faculty Working Group Grant supports UC faculty as they collaborate on innovative agendas in ways that contribute to the advancement of the specific working group topic and the humanities as a whole. Although we will consider all humanistic topics, UCHRI is particularly interested in working groups that approach humanistic problems broadly related to its new theme, Refuge and Its Refusals. As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by the dialectic of refuge and its refusal in political, historical, cultural, theological, environmental, and institutional contexts, mapping multiple paths through the impasses of hospitality. Potential areas of inquiry include studies of global diasporas and forced displacement through the lens of critical race theory, interrogations of refuge and its failures within institutional spaces, and explorations of topics ranging from placemaking in literature and the arts to sanctuary in religious thought to environmental displacement. For more information, please consult the Refuge and Its Refusals initiative page.

UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct, enhancing the ways in which humanistic research might fashion a temporary home for renewed thought. If you wish to apply for a one-time renewal after the conclusion of the initial grant period, you may do so by demonstrating outcomes or concrete progress toward your stated goals.

We also encourage you to think about productive ways of engaging graduate students in your project and to apply for our Supplemental Multicampus Faculty Working Group Graduate Student Funding. Additionally, applicants working on topics related to refuge are eligible to apply for the Supplemental Multicampus Faculty Working Group Refuge and Its Refusals Funding, which can be used to fund public engagement, community collaboration, pedagogical initiatives, or other similar activities. Eligible applicants may apply for both supplements.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty

Maximum Award: Up to $15,000 (with the possibility of a one-time renewal)

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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 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 (500 words max, see details below)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the topic 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. We also encourage interdisciplinary projects that include faculty from social or natural sciences. All project activities must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.

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. All applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with UCHRI’s online journal, Foundry, and to consider it as an outlet for their work. Foundry seeks academic submissions that experiment with content and form, and that push beyond the constraints of traditional academic publishing.

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.

Please note that restrictions on UCHRI funding do not allow honoraria to be paid to UC faculty. Compensation should be in the form of a direct contribution to the faculty member’s research fund and is limited to a maximum of $500 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists and should also be capped at $500.

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 grants@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.

The UCHRI Supplemental Multicampus Faculty Working Group Refuge and Its Refusals Funding grant provides financial resources to broaden and augment the support of Multicampus Faculty Working Groups engaging with the Institute’s new theme, Refuge and Its Refusals. Faculty working on themes outside of the Refuge and Its Refusals initiative are not eligible to apply for this supplement.

The purpose of the supplement is to encourage non-scholarly outcomes and extend research collaboration beyond the walls of the academy, as well as to promote wider engagement and broaden the impact of the humanities. Prospective PIs who are working on topics related to Refuge and Its Refusals and applying for new funding for the 2023-24 funding cycle are eligible to apply for the supplement, which can be used to support public engagement, community collaboration, pedagogical initiatives, or other activities and outcomes outside of traditional scholarly publications.

Some possible outcomes may include creative responses such as exhibitions, interactive websites, and interpretative performances; they may be tied to activism and include documents like policy proposals or records of involvement with union work within the university; they may take the form of pedagogical recommendations and proposals for cross-campus seminars; or they may be linked to the strengthening or development of relationships with community partners.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty

Maximum Award: Up to $5,000

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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 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 explaining how supplemental activities and outcomes will augment the ongoing research project (1,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)

All project activities must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.

Project Description

The project description should give a brief overview of the main Multicampus Faculty Working Group project but must primarily address the ways in which the supplemental funding will be used to support pedagogical initiatives, public engagement, community collaboration, or other activities and outcomes outside of traditional scholarly publications.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Funds will be transferred directly from UCHRI to the appropriate campus PI administrative unit. Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.

For program related questions, please contact grants@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.

The UCHRI Supplemental Multicampus Faculty Working Group Graduate Student Funding grant provides financial resources to create or augment support of research-driven, graduate student engagement in Multicampus Faculty Working Groups. Prospective PIs who are applying for new funding for the 2023-24 funding cycle are eligible to apply for supplemental funding for a graduate student stipend that will allow the substantive inclusion of at least two graduate students in the project.

Supplemental funding is intended to allow graduate students to participate significantly in large-scale research projects, to receive sustained mentorship from the professors involved in the project and build on their own research, and to help them gain research and project management skills. Full integration means that PIs and project members share the full scope of the project with graduate students, including how it was conceived, what its future will be, and how its budget operates. Graduate students should be both collaborators and mentees and their participation in the project should be carefully considered and diligently managed.

UCHRI has funded integrated graduate student participation in many research-based projects in the past. Graduate students have helped to set the research agenda, used data from research projects to write scholarly articles, engaged with community members around research issues, and shared pedagogical and methodological resources through studio-built websites and workshops.

Integrated graduate student collaboration can take many forms, but grantees are especially encouraged to consider:

  • Co-authorship of published materials based on the project
  • Management or leadership of a smaller subset of the larger project (serving a particular community or dealing with a particular issue)
  • Creation and maintenance of a website/blog/podcast or other multi-modal, public-facing tool to bring attention to the project and share methods and findings
  • Participation in planning large seminars, workshops, and conferences and moderating or presenting on panels
  • Assisting in grant and budget preparation if the participants decide to extend the project and seek additional funding from other sources

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty

Maximum Award: Up to $5,000

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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 UC ladder rank faculty members who will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the working group and graduate student engagement. 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 explaining how the graduate student(s) and their own research will augment the ongoing research project (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)

All project activities must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.

Project Description

The project description should give a brief overview of the main Multicampus Faculty Working Group project but must primarily address the ways in which the graduate student(s) would be integrated into the grant. Graduate student involvement should be substantive and central. While there might be a need for some administrative tasks (organizing materials, helping to set up events, etc.), successful applications will describe not just how graduate student labor is necessary to the project, but also how working on the project will benefit a graduate student in terms of research and professionalization.

Graduate student participation should be evident in the deliverables from the project; graduate students should gain skills and credit for research that is legible to the academic community or the broader public.

If you have already identified the graduate student(s) who will work on the project, please address their qualifications and how they will contribute to the development of the project. If you have not yet identified potential graduate student(s), please address how you will secure their involvement (i.e., sending out a call for applications through your department or humanities center listservs). We encourage interested applicants to include as much detail as possible regarding how they will identify interested graduate students.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Proposed budgets should describe when graduate students will be working on the project, how many hours, and when payments will arrive. No funds may be used to pay graduate tuition or fees, and payments can only be made between quarters or semesters (winter break, spring break, and summer break). Proposed budgets should be at a pay rate of at least a Graduate Student Researcher step III or higher (at least $25.19/hour).  Applicants should keep in mind that they are paying graduate students for their research expertise.

The Faculty Administrative PI will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring the progress of graduate student involvement. Please note that at the end of the grant period, the graduate student(s) will be asked to submit a brief narrative report discussing their involvement in the project. UCHRI will work with the graduate student(s) directly to obtain this work.

Funds will be transferred directly from UCHRI to the appropriate campus PI administrative unit. Please be sure to indicate in your budget how the funds will be disbursed. As a result, budgets should clearly communicate campus-by-campus expenditures (this is especially critical if the graduate student(s) do not share the same campus as the project PI).

Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.

For program related questions, please contact grants@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.

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 specific working group topic and the humanities as a whole. This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in working groups that approach humanistic problems broadly related to its new theme, Refuge and Its Refusals. As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by the dialectic of refuge and its refusal in political, historical, cultural, theological, environmental, and institutional contexts, mapping multiple paths through the impasses of hospitality. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct, enhancing the ways in which humanistic research might fashion a temporary home for renewed thought.

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 $5,000

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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

Working groups may consist of 5 to 15 individuals (primarily UC graduate students, 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.

Graduate student organizers will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the 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 proposed topic 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. All project activities must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.

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 two in-person meetings as well as a schedule for regular virtual meetings and any other group-sponsored events or activities.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, which may include a scholarly publication, a working paper, 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. All applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with UCHRI’s online journal, Foundry, and to consider it as an outlet for their work. Foundry seeks academic submissions that experiment with content and form, and that push beyond the constraints of traditional academic publishing.

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.

Please note that restrictions on UCHRI funding do not allow honoraria to be paid to UC faculty. Compensation should be in the form of a direct contribution to the faculty member’s research fund and is limited to a maximum of $500 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists and should also be capped at $500. Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.

For program related questions, please contact grants@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.

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.

All topics relevant to the humanities are welcome, but UCHRI is particularly interested in supporting projects broadly related to its new theme, Refuge and Its Refusals. The initiative offers grant opportunities for University of California researchers interested in exploring refuge in political, historical, cultural, theological, environmental, and institutional contexts, mapping multiple paths through the impasses of hospitality. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct, enhancing the ways in which humanistic research might fashion a temporary home for renewed thought.

Applicants are invited to request 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 applicants for the $20,000 project grants must secure a match of at least 50% of UCHRI-awarded funds from other funding sources. Seed grants do not require matching funds. 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 the $20,000 project grants must be matched. Seed grants do NOT require matching funds.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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.

Program 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.

Seed Grants (up to $5,000)

  • 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)

  • 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.

All applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with UCHRI’s online journal, Foundry, and to consider it as an outlet for their work. Foundry seeks academic submissions that experiment with content and form, and that push beyond the constraints of traditional academic publishing.

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 publics. Explain how your project speaks to the Refuge and Its Refusals theme, or addresses issues of urgent contemporary concern.
  • Research Plan, including proposed development timeline, and any relevant milestones. The grant activities must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.
  • 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 goals and expected outcomes, how the project will potentially impact various communities, and how this impact might be evaluated or measured.
  • Partnership Statement, describing the key features of your intended collaboration with partner organizations and participants, and a description of the target audiences. What are the stakes for the partner organization and their constituencies who might participate in the project?
  • 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 15% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages. Please note that the majority of the budget should support research and engagement.

Please note that restrictions on UCHRI funding do not allow honoraria to be paid to UC faculty. Compensation should be in the form of a direct contribution to the faculty member’s research fund and is limited to a maximum of $500 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists and should also be capped at $500.

UCHRI may also consider administrative costs to compensate humanities centers or department staff time (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 (such as those required for federal grants) on funding from the Office of the President.

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

For technical assistance, contact Submittable at support@submittable.com.

Conference Grants provide matching funds to support events that convene scholars (primarily UC faculty) to explore significant and innovative ideas around a particular research topic, being particularly responsive to those intellectual activities that cannot readily occur within existing departmental and programmatic structures. Although the conference model is one such means of engaging in these activities, UCHRI invites interested applicants to consider alternative forms of scholarly gatherings, especially those that result in conversations and projects that have scholarly outcomes beyond the event. This grant is not intended to support annual meetings of professional organizations and groups or ongoing scholarly gatherings.

All topics relevant to the humanities are welcome, but UCHRI is particularly interested in supporting projects broadly related to its new theme, Refuge and Its Refusals. The initiative offers grant opportunities for University of California researchers interested in exploring refuge in political, historical, cultural, theological, environmental, and institutional contexts, mapping multiple paths through the impasses of hospitality. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct, enhancing the ways in which humanistic research might fashion a temporary home for renewed thought.

Applicants must seek funding from outside granting agencies or organizations to secure a match of at least 50% of UCHRI-awarded funds. For example, if you request $5,000 from UCHRI, you must secure a match of at least $2,500. 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.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty

Maximum Award: Up to $5,000

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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 UC ladder rank faculty members and are 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.

Applications are accepted exclusively online through Submittable.

Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2000 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 the important historical and theoretical context of the proposed topic, its short- and long-term significance to the humanities, and the faculty organizer’s personal commitment to the project.
  • List of Participants, including campus, discipline, career rank, affiliations, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives. A commitment from the proposed keynote speaker or other prominent scholars should be evident.
  • Event Details, including specific plans for where the event will be held, how it will be structured, and any proposed session topics. Please provide an approximate date for the conference. The conference must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, including the event’s expected contribution to the proposed topic. If the conference is part of a longer-term program or series, please discuss its contribution to the overall project.

Wherever possible, the project description should also address the way the event will engage multiple campuses, disciplines, and publics.

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, lodging expenses, conference publicity, facilities rental costs related to the event, as well as necessary group-related research expenses. Catered and group meals may not exceed 10% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages.

Please note that restrictions on UCHRI funding do not allow honoraria to be paid to UC faculty. Compensation should be in the form of a direct contribution to the faculty member’s research fund and is limited to a maximum of $500 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists and should also be capped at $500.

UCHRI may also consider administrative costs to compensate humanities centers or department staff time (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 (such as those required for federal grants) on funding from the Office of the President.

For program related questions, please contact grants@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.

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 eight 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.

This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in working groups that approach humanistic problems broadly related to its new theme, Refuge and Its Refusals. As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by the dialectic of refuge and its refusal in political, historical, cultural, theological, environmental, and institutional contexts, mapping multiple paths through the impasses of hospitality. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct, enhancing the ways in which humanistic research might fashion a temporary home for renewed thought.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty

Maximum Award: housing for up to two weeks and reasonable travel costs to UCHRI.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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 UC ladder rank faculty members and will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the 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. All project activities must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.

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 as well as 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 grants@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.

UCHRI is pleased to offer up to five $5,000 summer research awards for UC faculty to conduct research during Summer 2023. Faculty engaged in projects related to UCHRI’s theme of Refuge and Its Refusals are especially encouraged to apply, but all faculty research projects will be considered for funding. Awards should support full-time work on a research project at any stage of development for a period of at least two months during the Summer 2023 quarter.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences

Maximum Award: Faculty will be awarded up to $5,000 for summer research; research funds must be spent by September 1, 2023.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

Funding Source: UCHRI (Horizons of the Humanities)

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 UC ladder rank faculty members. 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 (1,000 words max, see details below)

●   Proposed Budget (see details below)

●   Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Project Description

The project description should be a maximum of 1,000 words and include the following:

●   Problem Statement should describe the intellectual project that will be supported by this research award, and the short- and long-term significance of this research to the faculty member’s current project. The narrative should also clearly describe the work plan and projected outcome of the summer’s research.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

●   The Applicant PROPOSED Budget Template

●   A Budget Narrative (500 words max) that explains how estimates were determined

Proposed budgets (up to $5,000) should provide reasonable cost estimates for such expenses as travel, lodging, and per diem for research trips, reproduction fees, and the purchase of books, limited equipment, and other research materials demonstrably relevant to the project. No more than 30% of the award may be used for a GSR, whose appointment would need to follow UC academic personnel guidelines.

For program related questions, please contact grants@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.

While the humanities have long served as a refuge for ideas, critical thinking, and creativity, the growing adjunctification of higher education and the heightened precarity that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic have made the discrepancy between generational outcomes and the clashes between ideals and practice in the field ever more apparent. As part of UCHRI’s new initiative, Refuge and Its Refusals, this program invites graduate students working on refuge and those invested in the future of work to think critically about work and graduate student professionalization as they relate to the themes of refuge, hospitality, and scarcity.

How does the tension between refuge and its refusal shape the nature of work within the university? What are the limits of the university as a space of refuge, especially for underrepresented scholars? What kind of space does the academy foster for students on various job markets and what are some ways in which we might imagine paths forward, intellectually and practically? UCHRI seeks graduate students invested in the future of work within and beyond the academy as well as those working on refuge more broadly, including on topics that range from placemaking in literature and the arts to sanctuary in religious thought to forced migration and environmental displacement. The grant provides support for participants to think together about the connections between work and refuge and develop reflection pieces on work and graduate student professionalization. Informed by the concept of refuge, these pieces will form a new critical series published on UCHRI’s online publishing platform Foundry, which is dedicated to innovative humanities scholarship that is experimental both in form and substance.

In addition to receiving reimbursement for research or professional development activities, the selected graduate students will form a network of like-minded peers from across the University of California, creating a temporary refuge and forging connections that will hopefully transcend the duration of the program. Participants will meet on Zoom quarterly to exchange ideas and discuss different ways of framing and promoting their projects. They will get the opportunity to engage with scholars and public intellectuals retheorizing work and the role of the university such as Nick Mitchell, Katina Rogers, and Anne Helen Petersen and will have a chance to rethink their pieces in workshops led by staff from organizations like the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the Los Angeles Review of Books. At the end of the grant program, they will convene for a short-term retreat with a professional editor to prepare their pieces for potential publication on Foundry. The intellectual work of shaping the reflection pieces will thus be paired with collaborative hands-on professional experience surrounding the development of the project for a public facing outlet.

Eligible Applicants: UC Graduate Students

Maximum Award: $1,500 in research or professional development funds ($1,000 for participation and $500 for the published piece)

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

Funding Source: UCHRI (Horizons of the Humanities)

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

Interested graduate students must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Statement of Purpose (800 words max)
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how their topic and contributions will advance research excellence in the humanities and how their intended piece pushes at the boundaries of Foundry’s current material. All project activities must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.

For program related questions, please contact Grants at grants@hri.uci.edu. Please specify the grant for which you require assistance.

For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com.

The Graduate Student Dissertation Support grant offers funds to support dissertation work for UC PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Support may include travel expenses for dissertation research, supplies such as books or copies directly related to the dissertation topic, and fees for summer institutes likely to advance the dissertation (such as language or theory programs). Funds may not be requested for rent or other regular living expenses. Please note that grant funds may only be used for projects taking place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024. Plan your research travel accordingly.

Eligible Applicants: UC humanities and humanistic social science PhD students in good standing who have advanced to candidacy and completed at least one chapter of their dissertation

Maximum Award: Up to $1,000

Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

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

Applicants must be UC humanities and humanistic social science PhD students in good standing who have advanced to candidacy and have completed at least one chapter of their dissertation. Applicants must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)
  • Short Biography (200 words max)
  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max) explaining as specifically and concretely as possible how these funds will enable dissertation research and writing, and how and when you plan to use them. The research travel must take place between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • One Completed Dissertation Chapter
  • Supporting Documents (optional), for example, if funds will be used for a summer institute, the applicant should include the letter of acceptance and documentation of the intended course of study.

Preference will be given to students with a substantial portion of their dissertation already completed.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Funds are for the direct support of dissertation research and may not be used for student fees and tuition, non-expendable equipment such as computers or video cameras, or conference travel to professional meetings to disseminate research.

For program-related questions, please contact grants@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.

The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Scholarship will be awarded to two 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, February 27, 2023

Award Announced (Expected): April/May 2023

Funding Source: A.V. White Endowment funds

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

The White Scholarship in Medicine and Humanities is funded by a generous endowment from Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White. Each year, UCHRI selects two graduate student fellows in the final stages of writing dissertations broadly focused on medicine and health. Doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are eligible to apply. Applicants should have completed at least one chapter of their dissertation at the time of application. Successful applications will address questions that push beyond the now-standard narratives of “humanizing Western medicine.” Reviewers look for projects that approach problems of health, healing, pain, bodies, medicines, afflictions, and treatments in unexpected and creative ways. Priority will be given to applications that approach unique topic areas from interdisciplinary humanities perspectives, and which clearly show the relevance of the research to broader debates within the growing field of medical humanities.

Application Details

Potential applicants must be current, full-time UC humanities/theoretical social science PhD students pursuing medicine-focused dissertations who will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2023.

Applicants must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max), including a 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 article).
  • Two Letters of Reference (to be submitted through Submittable no later than March 6, 2023), including one from your dissertation advisor confirming that you will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2023.

Students will be based at their home campuses; the scholarship is not a residency at UCHRI. Preference is given to students who are more advanced in their PhD dissertation research and writing. Funds must be expended between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.

For program related questions, please contact grants@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.

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