Grad Student Research Grant Guidelines

Collaborative Conference Grants | Due by November 2

Download the Graduate Student Collaborative Conference Grant Guidelines (.pdf document) for Fall 2018.

Submit collaborative conference grant applications via EEE Scout at

Graduate Student Grants

As part of its mission to promote the development and  dissemination of scholarship, the Humanities Commons awards grants to School of  Humanities faculty and graduate students to support research, conference  travel, publication subvention and conference planning.  Grants are  awarded twice a year in fall and spring quarters.  The Humanities Commons'  internal grant streams are funded through the Academic Senate (CORCL), the UCI  Office of Research, and the UC Humanities Network.

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Graduate Student Grants

1) Collaborative Conferences (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: N/A

Collaborative Conference Grants may be used to support academic conferences, symposia or colloquia organized by graduate students.  Applications must demonstrate contribution to the field and an appropriate audience building plan.  Grant funds may be used for honoraria, travel and lodging for invited participants, as well as for catering and conference supplies.

The Humanities Commons will support departmental graduate student conferences if there is a demonstrated financial commitment from the department at the time of application.  We expect the department to contribute at least $500 for conferences with a budget over $2,000 or at least 25% for conferences with a budget under $2,000
Award notifications by December 3, 2018; funds must be expended by December 31, 2019.

Application Instructions

Complete the online application form:
• Name and Department
• Organizing Group (if applicable), Conference Name, Dates
• Name and department of graduate student co-organizer
• Grant amount requested and total conference budget amount
• Department providing administrative support to organize the conference

Upload a single PDF document (max 2 pages) with the following:
• A description of the conference, its contribution to scholarship in this field/on this topic, and a list of key participants.
• A detailed budget for the conference
• A list of other conference sponsors and sources of funding.

Click “Save” to save your submission and review or complete at a later date. Once you have completed your online application form, click “Submit Responses” to submit the application. 

An email from an appropriate faculty member (such as the research cluster’s faculty director or other supervising faculty member) should be sent directly to Amanda Swain at  The email should explain the importance of the conference for research in the field, as well as for graduate student professionalization and/or departmental identity.

Grant Payments: For graduate student awards, the Humanities Commons will provide account information so that expenses can be charged to the grant funds.  Graduate students should confirm which SOH department will provide financial administration prior to applying for a collaborative conference grant. 

If you have questions about the proposal guidelines or difficulties with electronic submission via EEE Scout, please contact Amanda Swain at or 824-1948.

A collaborative project must have at least two (2) co-directors, both of whom should be SOH graduate students. Graduate students representing an SOH research cluster may apply, in which case 1 co-director may be a graduate student from another UCI School who is a member of the research cluster.

2) Individual Graduate Research (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: N/A

Graduate students in the UCI School of Humanities who have achieved candidacy are eligible to apply for Individual Research grants (max award $3,000) through the Humanities Commons.  Grant funds may be used for research travel, such as flights, ground transportation, and lodging; archival and copying fees; and other research expenses, such as translation or transcription.  Grant funds may not be used to pay for summer living expenses, language study, travel to a conference, food or per diem while traveling, or equipment.

Individual research grants for graduate students were awarded in Winter 2018.  The next application deadline will be in January 2019.

Doctoral students in the UCI School of Humanities who have achieved candidacy. Graduate students may receive only ONE Individual Research during their graduate studies.