The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for conferences and other events focused on sharing scholarly research findings to be held on UC campuses or in public venues during the 2014-15 academic year.

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Who Can Apply: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Level of Award: Up to $10,000
Funding Source: UCHRI
Deadline: November 13, 2013 (11:59 pm PST). Apply online via FastApps (opens on October 9, 2013).
Funding Decision: It is expected that awards will be announced in February 2014. Final awards are contingent upon available funding.

Program Overview

The gathering of scholars for the purpose of sharing research findings is one of the most fruitful ways to enhance the University of California’s research mission and promote new directions in scholarship. Conferences and other events that mobilize the strength of UC faculty through substantial representation from a range of campuses help to fulfill UCHRI’s programmatic commitment to foster an intellectual community among UC scholars. UCHRI funds a regular program of conference and event support to promote innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, being particularly responsive to those intellectual activities that cannot readily occur within existing departmental and programmatic structures. Although the conference model is one such means of engaging in these activities, UCHRI invites interested applicants to consider alternative forms of scholarly gatherings, and especially those that result in conversations and projects that have a life beyond the conference or event. Those events that draw upon publics beyond the academy are especially encouraged.

Project Description

In the project description please provide sufficient programmatic details to convey a concrete sense of the nature of the proposed event, including a clear statement and discussion of goals and objectives. Because proposers are responsible for overseeing the organization of the event, they should be explicit about their personal commitment to the project. The project description should include enough historical and theoretical context to enable scholars unfamiliar with the details of the subject to appreciate the intellectual significance and timeliness of the proposed event.

In terms of an intellectual agenda, a UCHRI-funded conference and event should bring recognition to scholarly work being done by humanists across the University of California. Organizers should be aware that in all UCHRI-sponsored programs, participation is encouraged by faculty from multiple UC campuses and disciplines and at all levels of career development, as well as national and international scholars. In the project description please include a list of UC participants that lists campus, discipline, and career rank affiliations.

Conferences and events should focus on significant and innovative ideas and contribute to the advancement of the research topic by bringing people together productively. Specific plans for how the conference will be structured, such as topics for sessions, should be included. Likewise, please include a list of possible speakers or panelists with a brief comment about each person’s relevance to the project. A commitment from the proposed keynote speaker or other prominent scholars should be evident.

UCHRI funded conferences and events should be open to the public, and those events that draw upon publics beyond the academy represent a particular interest to UCHRI.

Past experience has demonstrated that early consultation is instrumental in developing successful proposals. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for advice in developing proposals.

Because of funding limitations, UCHRI is unable to support annual meetings of professional organizations and groups or ongoing scholarly gatherings.


Conference grants typically amount to $5,000 on average. Grants are awarded with the expectation that UCHRI funding will be leveraged by organizers who will seek additional support from outside granting agencies and/or from their home or host campuses (Department/School). Proposers are reminded that at most UC campuses, requests for matching funds need to be made by the faculty member before the submission of the proposal; it may not be possible for campuses to appropriate funds if the request comes after announcement of the UCHRI award.

At a minimum, UCHRI funds must be matched with additional, documentable funds in a ratio of one to two: that is, organizers will secure from some other source at least one additional dollar for every two dollars of UCHRI funding. (For example, UCHRI expects that a $5,000 grant will be matched by at least $2,500.)

UCHRI funds may be used to cover conference publicity, speaker honoraria, travel, lodging, and facilities rental costs related to event. Funding for graduate student researchers is limited to no more than 25% of the total budget. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations. In preparing budgets, please keep in mind that no more than $500 in UCHRI funds can be used towards catering.

Award recipients are required to submit a final report detailing the expenditures and the benefits derived from the conference.

How to Apply

Applications from prospective conference organizers are accepted exclusively online through UCHRI’s FastApps system.

Required documents include:

  • Title of the Conference and Abstract. (150 words max.)
  • Project Description. (2000 words max.) Include a list of proposed participants, brief biography and potential contribution to the event.
  • Proposed Budget. Explain how estimates were determined. You may view a sample budget template under FAQ.
  • Curriculum Vitae of the organizer(s). (2 pages max.)

The conference organizer must be a UC ladder rank faculty member who will be responsible for the organization and execution of the proposed conference.

For program related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, Program Officer at snakano@hri.uci.edu.

For technical assistance with FastApps, contact techsupport@hri.uci.edu.

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