Grad Student Research Grant Guidelines

Grad Student Research Grants - download the Winter 2021 guidelines.

Grad Student Reading Group Grants - Google Form Winter 2021 application

Graduate Student Grants

As part of its mission to spark new knowledge, foster vibrant intellectual communities, and inspire conversations that matter, the Humanities Center 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 Center's internal grant streams are funded through the UCI Office of Research and the UC Humanities Network.

If you have questions about graduate student grants, contact Amanda Swain at ajswain@uci.edu. Appointments are available by Zoom video call or telephone call. Schedule an appointment here.

Our Conversations that Matter theme for 2020-2021 is OCEANS. The Humanities Center will provide co-sponsorship funding for events by organized by departments, centers, research clusters and other faculty-led groups on the Oceans theme that take place September 2020 through June 2021. 

We are no longer accepting requests for Borders & Belongings co-sponsorships.

Graduate Student Grants

1) Collaborative Conferences (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 10/26/2020

Description
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. 

A collaborative project must have at least two (2) co-directors, at least one of whom must be an SOH graduate student.  Graduate students representing an SOH research cluster or department may apply.  Collaborations with external partners, such as other universities or organizations, on virtual events is encouraged.

The Humanities Center 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% of the conference cost for conferences with a budget under $2,000.

Grant-supported events in 2020-2021 must adhere to SOH and UCI discretionary spending guidelines and administrative directives, including the following:
  • Any larger “conference”-type events should be deferred to 2021-22 or planned in a remote/virtual format with at most very limited live participation.
  • Honoraria for remote/virtual participants should be limited to a maximum of $300. Requests for exceptions with justification must be submitted to the dean and approved prior to making the commitment to the speaker.
  • No food and beverages expenditures for programming-related entertainment (receptions, refreshments, program- related meals) should be incurred.
  • All requests for exceptions for funding of visitors or other live-programming should include “Plan-B” contingency plans in case of necessary cancellation or deferral.
Oceans: Conference and series that speak to the Humanities Center’s 2020-2021 theme of “Oceans” can apply for an additional $500 by the October 26 deadline at http://bit.ly/UCIOceans2021. Learn more about the Oceans Initiative: https://www.humanities.uci.edu/humanitiescenter/programs/oceans.php

Timeline:
o Notifications by December 4, 2020
o Funds must be expended by September 30, 2021

Application Instructions

Log into EEE Scout at https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/grad-collab-conf-fall2020
• Name and Department
• Organizing Group (if applicable), Conference Name, Dates
• Name and department of co-organizer
• Grant amount requested and total conference budget amount
• Department providing administrative support to organize the conference.

Upload a single PDF document (max 3 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.

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 ajswain@uci.edu.  The email should explain the importance of the conference for research in the field graduate student professionalization and/or departmental identity. The email should also speak to the applicants’ ability to carry out the conference.

Eligibility
A collaborative project must have at least two (2) co-directors, at least one of whom must be an SOH graduate student. Graduate students representing an SOH research cluster or department may apply. Collaborations with external partners, such as other universities or organizations, on virtual events is encouraged.
Call Date: 10/7/2020

2) Graduate Reading Groups (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 1/19/2021

Description
The Humanities Center announces funding to support interdisciplinary graduate student reading groups.  Applications must include the following:
  1. A central theme/problematic that crosses disciplinary boundaries
  2. Coordinator(s) who will organize the sessions and recruit members
  3. Request amount
  4. A single PDF (2 pages max) with:
  • A 500 word explanation of the theme and its significance
  • A list of at least 5 committed members (with departments and research interests identified) who pledge to attend the reading groups on a regular basis
  • A tentative schedule of activities and proposed reading list winter and spring 2021.
Apply via Google Forms application by Tuesday, January 19.

Successful applications will receive up to $300 to be used for purchase reading materials or to pay honoraria for guest speakers at a reading group meeting. The reading group should involve graduate students from at least two graduate programs and may include students from outside of SOH.

Decisions will be announced by January 31.  If your reading group decides to plan additional events, please consider applying for the graduate collaborative conference grants and/or the Oceans co-sponsorships. 

For more information, contact Prof. Judy Wu (j.wu@uci.edu).

Eligibility
Graduate students currently enrolled in an SOH graduate degree program.
Call Date: 10/7/2020

3) Individual Graduate Research (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 2/12/2021

Description
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.  Graduate students may receive only ONE Individual Research during their graduate studies. 

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.

Submission

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 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 Friday, February 12, 2021 through EEE Scout:
https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/Grad-Research-W2020

1. Log into the Grad Student Research Grants application form to submit the application:
2. Enter the following information directly into the online form:
o Name
o Department
o Year and quarter achieved candidacy
o Project title
o Total amount requested

3. Upload a single PDF of the project narrative and itemized budget.

4. Click “Save” to save your submission and review or complete at a later date.

5. Once you have completed your online application form, click “Submit Response” to submit the application.  Application forms cannot be changed once they have been submitted.

6. EEE Scout does not send an email confirmation.  Go to https://scout.eee/uci.edu and click on “Review My Submissions.” The Faculty Research Grants form should show as submitted (not saved) in this list.

Letter of Support from Dissertation Advisor or Faculty Supervisor:
A letter of support from the appropriate faculty member indicating support for the application, including the significance of the project and why these activities are necessary to complete the dissertation, should be sent directly to Amanda Swain at ajswain@uci.edu by February 12, 2021.


Eligibility
Doctoral students in the UCI School of Humanities who have achieved candidacy. Graduate students may receive only ONE Individual Research during their graduate studies.
Call Date: 12/14/2020

4) Oceans | Conversations that Matter 2020-2021 (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 10/26/2020

Description
Oceans are rarely neutral places. They provoke the human imagination, arouse emotions of fear and nostalgia, and are sites of pleasure, contemplation, heroism, and death.  In 2020-2021, UC Humanities Center seeks to foster understanding of how the oceans and waterways of the world have shaped humanities-based inquiry and cultural production.

We will co-sponsor events presented by other campus departments and groups that align with the Oceans them. Selected events are eligible to receive up to $500 in co-sponsorship funding.  Proposals that qualify for a collaborative conference grant can apply and receive both the Oceans grant and a collaborative conference grant. We invite proposals that explore the “blue humanities” or how oceans and oceanic connections shift our concepts of space, time. and human relations to the environment and the non-human. The “Oceans” theme also provides an opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue, bringing the humanities into conversation with science, technology, engineering, arts, and medicine. We invite proposals that engage with multiple publics: the academic community at UCI and beyond, the campus-wide community including students and staff, as well as the regional community of Orange County and Southern California.

Selected events are eligible to receive up to $500 in co-sponsorship funding.  Proposals that qualify for a collaborative conference grant can apply and receive both the Oceans grant and a collaborative conference grant.

Applications for winter and spring 2021 events are due by October 26, 2020, with decisions made by December.

Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically via Google Forms.

Log into Google Forms using your UCI email address: https://bit.ly/OceansFall2020

Please complete the online application form with the following information:
At least one faculty or graduate student organizer from the School of Humanities
A Department/Unit agreement to coordinate the event
The proposed title, date, time, and location of the event
A brief 500-word description of the proposed event addressing the “Oceans” theme
An audience-building plan (up to 250 words)
Requested amount and budget justification
Other co-sponsors/Funders
Questions? Contact Professor Judy Wu, Humanities Commons Director, at j.wu@uci.edu.

Eligibility
Currently enrolled as a graduate student in an SOH graduate program.
Call Date: 10/7/2020