Graduate Student Support

2022-2023 Deadline Passed; 2023-2024 Deadline TBA

The Center for Medical Humanities invites requests for co-sponsorship of events that explore the dimensions of human embodiment, especially as they relate to conditions of illness, disability, and other experiences that require intentional reflection and theorization of bodyminds.

Events may include speakers, performances, symposia, community-engaged discussions. Events should align with the mission of the Center for Medical Humanities. Learn more about the center here:

Events must take place during winter and spring of 2024. Co-sponsorship max request: $500

Decisions will be announced in early January. Questions: Contact the Center for Medical Humanities at

To submit:

1) Log in to with your UCI NetID.

2) Select Center for Medical Humanities Co-Sponsorships from the list of open calls.

3) Complete online application.

Application Deadline – TBA

UCI graduate students (PhD and MFA) and medical students are eligible to apply for individual summer support grants (max award $3,000) through the Center for Medical Humanities. PhD applicants: priority will be given to students who have completed or are in the process of completing the Graduate Emphasis in Medical Humanities. 

Graduate Summer Support Grants will be paid out as a one-time stipend in July 2024. Funds may be used for research expenses, to support a community engaged project, or towards summer living expenses. Research expenses can include flights, ground transportation, and lodging; archival and copying fees; translation or transcription; and purchasing books and materials.

For applications submitted at the deadline: TBA
  • Notifications by April 2024
  • Funds will be available in June 2024
  • Funds must be expended by December 2024
  • Final report due to the Center for Medical Humanities when research funds are expended and no later than January 31, 2025
Post-Project Final Report
If you receive a grant from the Center for Medical Humanities, you will be required to submit a final report that describes what was accomplished with the grant funds, the current status of the project, and how the grant funds were actually expended. Instructions for the final report will be included in the grant award packet.

Narrative Description (two page maximum): Please provide a description of your dissertation project, what you plan to accomplish with the grant funds and how these activities are necessary to your dissertation or other research project.

Project Budget (one page maximum): Please provide a list of all project expenses, identifying which expenses will be paid by the grant and which expenses will be paid by other funds. Please list other funds – both received and pending – that will be used for this project.

Applications must be submitted electronically by March 24, 2023  through InfoReady.
Log into the Grad Student Research Grants application form to submit the application via InfoReady:

1. Enter the following information directly into the online form:
  • Name
  • Department
  • Year in program
  • Project title
  • Total amount requested
2. Upload a single PDF of the project narrative and itemized budget.
3. Click “Submit” to save your submission and review or complete later.

Letter of Support from Dissertation Advisor or Faculty Supervisor:
A letter indicating support for the application addressed to Dr. James Lee, Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, including the significance of the project and why these activities are necessary to complete the dissertation or research project. Email letters directly to the Center for Medical Humanities at, by the Winter 2023 deadline. 

Questions? Please contact the CMH at


Roy Cherian (Culture & Theory), "Anti-Blackness and Secular Materiality"

Bradford Chin (MFA Dance), "Emergent Inclusion: Movement Scores, disability justice, and power sharing toward critical inclusion in choreographic practice."

Kaveri Curlin (Medicine), "COVID-19 Oral History Project"

John Gillespie (Comparative Literature), "Anti-Sisyphus: Blackness, Suicide and The Position of the Unthought"

Edward Nadurata (Global & International Studies), "Globalizing Aging and Retirement: On the Frictions and Ironies of Carework in the Philippines”

Leah Elizabeth Senatro (English), "The Rhetoric of the Body and the Body’s Rhetoric"

Liz Stringer (MFA Visual Art)

Devin Wilson (Art), "NIVA (Nonhuman Intelligent Virtual Assistant)"


See past recipients here.