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The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) awarded eleven fellowships and grants to support faculty and graduate student research at UCI in the 2023-2024 school year.

UC Underrepresented Scholars Fellowship  supports individuals who have faced various disadvantages in their academic pursuits by pairing them with a senior mentor of their choice from aUC campus. Recipients of the award receive research funding of $1,500 as well as having travel fees for meetings and conferences covered. Recipients:

  • Philana Payton, Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies
  • Yatta Kiazolu, Assistant Professor of Global and International Studies
  • Valentina Montero Roman, Assistant Professor of English

Faculty Summer Research Grants of $5,000 were awarded to UCI faculty to conduct research during Summer session, with priority given to projects involving issues of climate, environment, and technology, social heterogeneity, and Care & Repair, UCHRI’s new theme focusing on conservation efforts. Recipients:

Dissertation Support Fellowships offer up to $1,000 to UC PhD students to support research and dissertation work. The funding also covers potential travel fees as well as academic supplies and tuition payments. Recipients:

Medicine & Humanities: White Graduate Student Scholarship provides financial support through a $20,000 award for PhD students to complete work on their dissertations. The monthly stipend can go towards research funding, living expenses, or partial school fees. Recipient:

Work & Refuge PhD Fellowship Program assists UC humanities PhD students by offering numerous opportunities including professional development workshops and intercampus networking, as well as access to a professional editor in an effort to prepare their research for publication through Foundry, UCHRI’s humanities research platform. Recipient:

Multi Campus Graduate Student Working Group provides up to $5,000 to UC PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences collaborating on their respective projects pertaining to innovation and advancement of the specific working group topic, particularly the theme of Care & Repair, as well as the humanities as a whole. Recipient:


Written by Tommy Cross, Fall 2023 English Intern, Humanities Center