Graduate Student Dissertation Support, 2019–20

The Graduate Student Dissertation Support grant offers funds to support dissertation work for UC PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Support may include travel expenses for dissertation research, supplies such as books or copies directly related to the dissertation topic, and fees for summer institutes likely to advance the dissertation (such as language or theory programs). Funds may not be requested for rent or other regular living expenses. **Note that grant funds may ONLY be used for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Please plan your research travel accordingly.**

Applications must be submitted online via FastApps by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.


Application Details

Applicants must be UC humanities and humanistic social science PhD students in good standing who have advanced to candidacy and have completed at least one chapter of their dissertation. Applicants must apply online via UCHRI’s FastApps system. Required documents include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)
  • Short Biography (200 words max)
  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max) explaining as specifically and concretely as possible how these funds will enable dissertation research and writing, and how and when you plan to use them. The research travel must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • One Completed Dissertation Chapter
  • Supporting Documents (optional), for example, if funds will be used for a summer institute, applicant should include the letter of acceptance and documentation of the intended course of study

Preference will be given to students with a substantial portion of their dissertation already completed.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Funds are for the direct support of dissertation research and may 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.

Please indicate if the UCHRI dissertation support grant will 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.

For program-related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu.

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

Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.