NEW: UCHRI Graduate Student Dissertation Support, 2016-17

The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for graduate student dissertation support grants during the 2016-17 academic year, contingent upon available funding. In an effort to support diverse forms of graduate scholarship, UCHRI is offering funds previously allocated to California Studies projects in the form of a graduate student Dissertation Support Grant.

Who Can Apply: UC Humanities and Humanistic Social Science PhD Students
Level of Award: Up to $1,000
Funding Source: UCHRI
Deadline: February 12, 2016 (11:59 pm PST). Apply online via FastApps (opens September 30, 2015).
Funding Decision: It is expected that awards will be announced in lateĀ JuneĀ 2016. Final awards are contingent upon available funding.

Program Overview

The support grant is designed to assist graduate students in research and writing directly related to the dissertation for the 2016-17 year. Funds may be used for, but not limited to, travel expenses associated with archival or other research related work and fees for summer institutes (such as language or theory programs).

Funds are for the direct support of graduate student research and are not to be used for student fees and tuition, non-expendable equipment such as computers or video cameras, or conference travel to professional meetings to disseminate research. Applicants must be enrolled UC graduate students in good standing performing research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Awards are contingent upon available funding. UCHRI funds must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations. All applicants must submit a budget that explains how funds will be used. Awardees will be expected to submit a final report and any deliverables specified in the proposal must be included with the report.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted exclusively online via UCHRI’s FastApps system.

Required documents include:

  • Biographical Summary. (150 words max.)
  • Title of Project and Abstract. (150 words max.)
  • Proposal Narrative. Explain as specifically and concretely as possible how these funds will enable dissertation research. How is this support necessary to conducting your research? What are the objectives for their use? What, if any, deliverables will be produced using these funds? (2000 words max.).
  • Statement of Funding. Will the UCHRI dissertation support grant be supplemented by other forms of support? If so, briefly state previous and current awards, grants and fellowships, including the title, date, and amount of the support.
  • Proposed Itemized Budget. Explain how estimates were determined. Please use this budget template.
  • Supporting Documents.
    • If funds will be used for a summer institute or similar program, attach the letter of acceptance and documentation of the intended course of study.
  • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant. (2 pages max.)

For program related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, Program Officer, at

For technical assistance with FastApps, contact

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