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 or schedule an appointment (Zoom or in person).
All open grant calls are available on the Humanities Center InfoReady website:

Graduate Student Grants

The following guidelines are for reference only.

Faculty and/or graduate collaborations may apply for up to $2,000.

Centers and research clusters already supported by the Humanities Center may apply for up to $1,500.

The Humanities Center supports collaborations that foster vibrant intellectual communities. The new Building Intellectual Community grants provide funding for limited-term sets of activities that bring together colleagues on the UCI campus, in the Southern California region, or from elsewhere to engage in discussion and collaborative activities around a shared intellectual interest. These grants replace the previous Collaborative Conference grants by expanding the range of activities that can be funded and clarifying the purpose of the funding.

These collaborations should engage faculty and graduate students across disciplines. Building Intellectual Community grants may be used to support:

  • academic conferences, symposia or colloquia;
  • a series of events, such as speakers or film screenings, with a unifying theme during a quarter or the academic year;
  • academic trainings (such as new methodologies across disciplines);
  • work groups for fields that cross disciplines.

Building Intellectual Community grants may also be used for limited-term activities that bring humanities research to public spaces or community knowledge creation into academic research spaces.