Grad Student Research Grant Guidelines

Grad Student Research Grants - download the Spring 2020 guidelines here.

Grad Student Collaborative Conference - download the Spring 2020 guidelines here.

Oceans Co-sponsorships for Fall 2020 events - download guidelines here.

Collaboratories Projects - download Spring 2020 guidelines here.

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 Academic Senate (CORCL), 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. During Spring Quarter 2020, 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: 5/15/2020

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.  Grant funds may be used for honoraria and travel-expenses for invited participants, as well as for catering and conference supplies.

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. 

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

Application Instructions

Log into EEE Scout at https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/grad-collab-conf-spring2020
• 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, as well as for graduate student professionalization and/or departmental identity.

Eligibility
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.
Call Date: 4/10/2020

2) Individual Graduate Research (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 5/15/2020

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, May 15, 2020 through EEE Scout.

1. Log into the Grad Student Research Grants application form to submit the application:
https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/grad-research-spring2020

2. Enter the following information directly into the online form:
o Name
o Department
o Year in program
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 May 15, 2020.


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: 4/10/2020

3) Oceans | Conversations that Matter 2020-2021 (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 5/15/2020

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 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 or a collaboratory grant can apply and receive both the Oceans grant and either of these grants.

Applications for fall 2020 events are due by May 15, 2020, with decisions made by June 30. An additional call for programs during winter and spring 2021 will be issued during fall quarter.

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: 4/10/2020