You will need to create a Submittable account in order to fill out an application. There is a link at the bottom of each application to create an account.

Multicampus Graduate Student Working Groups, 2021–22

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. 

Working groups may consist of 5 to 15 individuals (primarily UC humanities PhD students from at least two campuses, all of whom are in good academic standing) who will collaborate over one academic year to address a clearly-defined and timely issue or the early stages of research on an emergent topic in the humanities. Throughout the year, members must engage in regular, ongoing virtual communication and meet in person at least quarterly.*

*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 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: Monday, January 11, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): February 2021

Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP

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

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

Application Details

Graduate student organizers will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of 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, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

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

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

Multicampus Faculty Working Groups, 2021-22

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: Monday, Monday, January 11, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): February 2021

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, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

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

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

Medicine & Humanities: The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship, 2021–22

The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Scholarship will be awarded to one or more regularly-enrolled, full-time UC graduate students working in appropriate fields. The award is intended to help students complete the writing of their dissertations by providing a monthly stipend that supports living expenses, research-related costs, and partial school fees, if necessary. Please note that the amount will NOT cover a full year’s worth of fees and tuition.

Eligible Applicants: UC doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences working on a medicine-focused dissertation project

Maximum Award: Up to $20,000

Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): April 2021

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 and who will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2021.

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 22, 2021), including one from your dissertation advisor confirming that you will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2021.

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, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

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

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

Short-Term Collaborative Research Residency, 2021–22

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 2021, 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: Monday, January 11, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): February 2021

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, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

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

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

Graduate Student Dissertation Support, 2021–22

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, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Plan your research travel accordingly.*

*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 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, January 11, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): February 2021

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

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

Residential Research Group (RRG): Topic Proposals (Fall 2021 and Spring 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 2021 or Spring 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 2021, 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 11, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): February 2021

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 Suedine Nakano, community relations officer, at snakano@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.

Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop, 2021-22

The Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop Grant provides financial resources to a junior faculty member to convene a one- to two-day workshop* aimed at preparing their book manuscript for submission to a publisher. The purpose of this workshop is to provide junior UC faculty with quality feedback from experts in the field on a first full draft of a pre-tenure book manuscript in preparation for submission to a publisher for a contract or for publication (the draft must include versions of every chapter to be included in the final book). Based upon successful national models, the workshop serves as an opportunity to convene experts in the field (typically around five discussants, including one or two non-UC experts) to contribute to the intellectual development of the manuscript.

*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 junior faculty (tenure track but not yet tenured) in the humanities or humanistic social sciences who are currently completing their first book project

Maximum Award: Up to $5,000

Application Deadline: Monday, January 11, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): February 2021

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 are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process.

Applicants must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Manuscript Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • One to Two Chapters from the book project (up to 30 pages, double spaced, per chapter)
  • Letter of Support from the applicant’s department or program chair
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)

Successful applications include faculty participants from at least three UC campuses, though greater multi-campus engagement is encouraged.

Project Description

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

  • Project Overview, including a summary of the project, its current stage in the revision process, and why the workshop will be helpful at this particular time.
  • Timeline for Publication, including when the first draft will be completed, when the workshop will be held, and when the final manuscript will be submitted to a publisher for a contract or publication. The manuscript workshop must take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
  • List of Participants, including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the workshop. One or two participants may be from a non-UC campus, and one expert editor may be invited as a discussant.

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. Budgets may cover a number of program-related expenses, including but not limited to travel, lodging, a modest reward for invited participants, group meals, and room rental costs for the workshop.

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 10% of the total requested amount), provided justification is detailed in both the budget template and the budget narrative. Amounts should be determined in advance and in writing with the administrative unit (e.g., the faculty organizer’s department or campus humanities center). Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.

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

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

Conference Grant, 2021–22

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: Monday, January 11, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): February 2021

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, 2021 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 Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

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

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