The Multcampus Graduate Student Working Group Grant supports UC PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences as they collaborate on innovative agendas in ways that contribute to the advancement of the working group topic specifically, and the humanities as a whole. Working groups may consist of 5 to 15 individuals (primarily UC humanities PhD students, all of whom are in good academic standing) who will collaborate over one academic year to address a clearly-defined and timely issue or the early stages of research on an emergent topic in the humanities. Throughout the year, members must engage in regular, ongoing virtual communication and meet in person at least quarterly.
Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.
Applications must be submitted online via FastApps by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.
Graduate student organizers will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of working group and will work in conjunction with the PI to manage the award. Faculty PIs are not expected to take an active role in the working group’s research or programming; their sole responsibility is to facilitate the administration of funding.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process.
Prospective graduate student organizers must apply online via UCHRI’s FastApps system. Required documents include:
Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities and include graduate student participants from at least two UC campuses. Preference will be given to projects that engage three or more UC campuses and those that incorporate broader and more diverse publics in the expressive or interpretive work of the humanities.
The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:
Wherever possible, the project description should also address the way the working group plans to engage multiple campuses, disciplines, and publics in their work.
The proposed budget is made up of two elements:
Proposed budgets should include itemized cost estimates and may cover any necessary group-related research expenses or materials and are primarily intended to offset expenses for working group members to attend in-person working group meetings, such as travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses. When preparing budgets, please keep in mind that catered and group meals may not exceed 25% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages.
UCHRI may also consider administrative costs (up to 15% of the total requested amount), provided justification is detailed in both the budget template and the budget narrative. Amounts should be determined in advance and in writing with the administrative unit (e.g., the student organizer’s department or campus humanities center). Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.
For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, competitive grants officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For technical assistance with FastApps, contact email@example.com.
Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.