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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 the theme of “Living Through Upheaval.” As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by conditions of upheaval, instability, or turbulence. These forces could be external, bearing on the lives of the researchers involved, or they might be internal to the lived context(s) or sociological landscapes of the research subjects. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct in order to widen perspectives on the phenomena under investigation, thereby enhancing humanistic inquiry into the contours of lived chaos.

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
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): May 2022
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 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. All project activities must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

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.

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 $300 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists, and should also be capped at $300.

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 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.

Living Through Upheaval is a continuing research and public programming initiative developed by UCHRI and the UC Humanities Collaborative to foster the systemwide engagement of humanities faculty and students around important and transformative issues related to moments of upheaval—past, present, and future. The Initiative invites faculty to apply for new thematic-specific grants on the following topics: Social Leadership, Racial Infrastructures, Conjuring Future(s), or Unexpected Collaborations Beyond the Humanities. Proposals for UCHRI grants must be multi-campus, collaborative, and interdisciplinary.

We are living in an age of profound upheaval—not only in our physical and social worlds, but also in the world of meanings composed of shared perceptions, memories, expectations, beliefs, and imaginings. COVID-19 has upended life as we have known it, physically, socially, economically, culturally. It came atop already looming upheavals, registering across a wider timetable, of climate change and soaring global temperatures, fires, and floods in the wake. Additionally, police violence and persistent racism have once again evidenced urgent concerns for equity, justice, dignity, and respect across racial distinctions. Overlaying all of this has been a severe economic dislocation disrupting individual lives and laying waste to the cultural memory and identity of whole communities.

This grant opportunity invites applicants to think creatively and expansively about knowledge production and academic collaboration under conditions of upheaval. To read more about the broader initiative and its intellectual foci, please visit the Living Through Upheaval page.

Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Up to $10,000
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): May 2022
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

The open format of the Living Through Upheaval thematic call for applications is meant to encourage a diverse and varied response; although we invite project proposals that employ the more standard forms of collaborative scholarly engagement (workings groups, conferences, residential research groups, etc.), we encourage the submission of alternative models of collaborative research engagement, including those with explicit pedagogical outcomes. Projects can take whatever format the PI chooses, but should fall within one of these four thematic foci:

Historical and Contemporary Leadership in Social Movements

Projects that explore and elaborate qualities of leadership that have been developed and are generalizable from a wide range of historical, recent, and contemporary upheavals: the experiences of premodern and modern revolts, socially contesting groups taking to the streets and squares, trades union movements, civil rights, anti-apartheid, and anti-racist strugles, mobilizations and struggles around women’s rights, voting, prison, policing reform and abolition. What sorts of leadership qualities and frameworks would best serve collectives, organizations, institutions, and society to address these upheavals effectively? How have people grappled with upheavals in the past, and what new thought formations have emerged out of crisis?

Racial Infrastructures

Projects that address the developing notions of “racial infrastructures” and “infrastructures of racism.” What do such infrastructures amount to, and how do they shape social life, embedding racial differentiations and racial injustices into the built environment, institutional life, and social order in different societies? What will it take to undo or remake such infrastructures in ways not reproducing racial injustice, and to repair the inequities left in their wake? In what ways does the production of knowledge in the university contribute to or help overcome these inequalities, and how must universities reflect upon themselves and change in order to support more effective, more just adaptation to upheavals? We invite proposals that address issues like these, as well as innovative theoretical projects that focus on histories of race and racism.

Conjuring Future(s)

Projects that creatively address futures, real or imagined, in the face of major reconfigurations of lived experience. We invite humanists to conjure futures together in ways that shift, more than incrementally, paradigms of thought: analyzing speculative fiction, creating policy directions, devising an ethical map for living together in discordant times, designing the aesthetics of the future, etc. Potential projects could utilize historical and/or contemporary lenses to address what futures might look like in the face of major societal upheaval, and address issues that could range from climate and the pandemic to migration and environmental upheaval to algorithmic being and AI/Machine Learning, to abolitionism, and more. How does drawing on pasts enable or disable thinking (about) and shaping futures? Preference will be given to projects that explicitly address the racial coordinates and impacts of their topic, and that engage a variety of disciplinary perspectives to think in bold ways about futures.

Unexpected Collaborations Beyond the Humanities

Unlike the above three thematic calls, Unexpected Collaborations invites humanities researchers to address the Initiative’s overall intellectual concerns by focusing on the who and how of collaboration. We invite projects that bring humanities scholars into constitutively collaborative dialogue with STEM and public scientists, public health scholars and officials, public policy experts, etc., in order to create forums and other engagements that situate different working modalities and explore how they shape one another’s thinking about key challenges. How would a humanities-led multidisciplinary team tackle issues like environmental justice, technopolitics or -ethics, race, and Covid (and their intertwinings)? Where do disciplinary blind spots and omissions collide, and how might paths forward be changed by greater and broader disciplinary collaboration? What does humanistic expertise and leadership exercised beyond the humanities lead to and result in?

Application Details

Faculty organizers must be UC ladder rank faculty members, and are responsible for coordinating all aspects of the event. 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)

All applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with UCHRI’s online journal, Foundry, and to consider submitting work pertaining to Foundry’s open call series, Living Through Upheaval. 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:

  • 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.Explain your choice of one of the four thematics, and how your projects fits in.
    Identify the type of engagement you are proposing, and include a project plan: Will there be an event? An online series? A publication? Please describe how you envision the shape of your project.
  • List of Participants, including campus, discipline, career rank, affiliations, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives. Preference will be given to projects that engage at least 2 UC campuses, though more are preferred.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined in relation to the broader theme of Living Through Upheaval.

All project activities must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Wherever possible, the project description should also address the way the project will engage at least 2, but ideally 3 or more UC campuses as well as diverse disciplines and publics.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

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 $300 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists, and should also be capped at $300.

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.

Multicampus Faculty Working Groups, 2022-23
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. This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in working groups that approach humanistic problems broadly related to the theme of “Living Through Upheaval.” As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by conditions of upheaval, instability, or turbulence. These forces could be external, bearing on the lives of the researchers involved, or they might be internal to the lived context(s) or sociological landscapes of the research subjects. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct in order to widen perspectives on the phenomena under investigation, thereby enhancing humanistic inquiry into the contours of lived chaos.
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.
*Applicants should be prepared to present working group plans aligned with COVID-19-related restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings. As long as University-wide restrictions remain in place, UCHRI funds cannot support travel or other expenses for in-person meetings.
Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Up to $15,000
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): April 2022
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 (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. All project activities must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
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.
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 $300 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists, and should also be capped at $300.
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.

Short-Term Collaborative Research Residency, 2022–23
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.
This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in research groups that approach humanistic problems broadly related to the theme of “Living Through Upheaval.” As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by conditions of upheaval, instability, or turbulence. These forces could be external, bearing on the lives of the researchers involved, or they might be internal to the lived context(s) or sociological landscapes of the research subjects. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct in order to widen perspectives on the phenomena under investigation, thereby enhancing humanistic inquiry into the contours of lived chaos.
Given the ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants are encouraged to propose hybrid or alternative models for Residential Research Groups. While we hope that research residencies and in-person seminars will once again be possible by Fall 2022, faculty interested in planning a group would be well advised to envision scenarios where flexibility is required, and should articulate their visions for alternative group structures in their proposals.
Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Furnished on-campus housing for up to two weeks and reasonable travel costs to UCHRI
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): May 2022
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, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
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.

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 Living Through Upheaval. The initiative offers grant opportunities for University of California researchers interested in proposing projects that explore and address issues of social, political, and physical upheaval. Turbulent times can yield devastating destruction, but they also create rapid change and offer opportunities to destabilize entrenched power structures. Living Through Upheaval asks you to contemplate the human contours and lived experiences of moments of profound upheaval.

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: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): May 2022
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.

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 submitting work pertaining to Foundry’s new open call, Living Through Upheaval. 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 Living Through Upheaval 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, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
  • 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.

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.

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 $300 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists, and should also be capped at $300.

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 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, 2022 and June 30, 2023. 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: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): May 2022
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, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
  • 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.

Please indicate if the UCHRI dissertation support grant will be supplemented by other forms of support. If so, briefly state previous and current awards, grants, and fellowships, including the title, date, and amount of the support.

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.

Residential Research Group (RRG): Topic Proposals (Spring 2023 and Fall 2023)
Residential research groups (RRGs) are teams of researchers, often unknown to each other before residency, who are assembled to work on a commonly-defined research agenda. They are composed of a range of UC faculty, UC postdoctoral scholars, UC doctoral students, and visiting scholars (including non-UC faculty), as resources allow. The organizing premise of the residential research program is that when the challenges of communicating across disciplines are surmounted, breakthroughs in knowledge are possible.
RRGs are developed through a two-stage process. First, UCHRI selects from the proposed RRG topics in consultation with its Advisory Committee. Once a topic is approved, UCHRI works with the faculty convener for the selected topic, inviting faculty, scholars, and students to apply to participate. Through a competitive review process, the UCHRI Advisory Committee, in consultation with the convener, selects RRG fellows based on their ability to contribute to the research agenda of the group. This competition is for RRGs during Spring 2023 or Fall 2023.
This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in research groups that approach humanistic problems broadly related to the theme of “Living Through Upheaval.” As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by conditions of upheaval, instability, or turbulence. These forces could be external, bearing on the lives of the researchers involved, or they might be internal to the lived context(s) or sociological landscapes of the research subjects. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct in order to widen perspectives on the phenomena under investigation, thereby enhancing humanistic inquiry into the contours of lived chaos.
Given the ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants are encouraged to propose hybrid or alternative models for Residential Research Groups. While we hope that research residencies and in-person seminars will once again be possible by Spring 2023, faculty interested in planning a group would be well advised to envision scenarios where flexibility is required, and should articulate their visions for alternative group structures in their proposals.
Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Successful proposals that go on to become RRGs will include replacement costs to the faculty’s division, on-site offices at UCHRI, and furnished apartments for the duration of the residency. Faculty are ordinarily required to contribute sabbatical credits.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): April 2022
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 organizer(s) must be a UC ladder rank faculty member(s) that wishes to convene a residential research group of scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics of special significance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee well in advance of the application deadline 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 Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities.
Project Description
In this first stage of the residential research group process, conveners must present their topic of study. The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Intellectual Agenda, including a description of the topic or issue that the RRG seeks to address and its short- and long-term significance to the humanities.
  • Potential Participant List (optional), including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project. Please note that all RRG prospective members must apply to participate. The UCHRI Advisory Committee will determine the final participant list.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, which should be a significant project or outcome. This may include scholarly publication, edited or co-edited volumes, key word texts, public-facing projects, digital tool development/refinement, multimedia websites, or programmatic initiatives (e.g., curriculum development).

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.

Residential Research Group (RRG): Topic Proposals (Fall 2022)
Residential research groups (RRGs) are teams of researchers, often unknown to each other before residency, who are assembled to work on a commonly-defined research agenda. They are composed of a range of UC faculty, UC postdoctoral scholars, UC doctoral students, and visiting scholars (including non-UC faculty), as resources allow. The organizing premise of the residential research program is that when the challenges of communicating across disciplines are surmounted, breakthroughs in knowledge are possible.
RRGs are developed through a two-stage process. First, UCHRI selects from the proposed RRG topics in consultation with its Advisory Committee. Once a topic is approved, UCHRI works with the faculty convener for the selected topic, inviting faculty, scholars, and students to apply to participate. Through a competitive review process, the UCHRI Advisory Committee, in consultation with the convener, selects RRG fellows based on their ability to contribute to the research agenda of the group. This competition is for RRGs during Fall 2022.
This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in research groups that approach humanistic problems broadly related to the theme of “Living Through Upheaval.” As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by conditions of upheaval, instability, or turbulence. These forces could be external, bearing on the lives of the researchers involved, or they might be internal to the lived context(s) or sociological landscapes of the research subjects. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct in order to widen perspectives on the phenomena under investigation, thereby enhancing humanistic inquiry into the contours of lived chaos.
Given the ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants are encouraged to propose hybrid or alternative models for Residential Research Groups. While we hope that research residencies and in-person seminars will once again be possible by Fall 2022, faculty interested in planning a group would be well advised to envision scenarios where flexibility is required, and should articulate their visions for alternative group structures in their proposals.
Eligible Applicants: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Maximum Award: Successful proposals that go on to become RRGs will include replacement costs to the faculty’s division, on-site offices at UCHRI, and furnished apartments for the duration of the residency. Faculty are ordinarily required to contribute sabbatical credits.
Application Deadline: Monday, January 10, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): February 2022
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 organizer(s) must be a UC ladder rank faculty member(s) that wishes to convene a residential research group of scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics of special significance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee well in advance of the application deadline 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 Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities.
Project Description
In this first stage of the residential research group process, conveners must present their topic of study. The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Intellectual Agenda, including a description of the topic or issue that the RRG seeks to address and its short- and long-term significance to the humanities.
  • Potential Participant List (optional), including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project. Please note that all RRG prospective members must apply to participate. The UCHRI Advisory Committee will determine the final participant list.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, which should be a significant project or outcome. This may include scholarly publication, edited or co-edited volumes, key word texts, public-facing projects, digital tool development/refinement, multimedia websites, or programmatic initiatives (e.g., curriculum development).

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.

Conference Grant, 2022–23
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.
This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in conferences that approach humanistic problems broadly related to the theme of “Living Through Upheaval.” As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by conditions of upheaval, instability, or turbulence. These forces could be external, bearing on the lives of the researchers involved, or they might be internal to the lived context(s) or sociological landscapes of the research subjects. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct in order to widen perspectives on the phenomena under investigation, thereby enhancing humanistic inquiry into the contours of lived chaos.
*Applicants should be prepared to present working group plans aligned with COVID-19-related restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings. As long as University-wide restrictions remain in place, UCHRI funds cannot support travel or other expenses for in-person meetings.
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 $5000 from UCHRI, you must secure a match of at least $2500. 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 (at least 50% of awarded funds must be matched)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): April 2022
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 event. 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, 2022 and June 30, 2022.
  • 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 $300 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists, and should also be capped at $300.
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 you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

For technical assistance, 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: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Award Announced (Expected): May 2022
Funding Source:

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 and who will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2022.

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 1, 2022), including one from your dissertation advisor confirming that you will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2022.

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, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

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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