Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop, 2021-22

The Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop Grant provides financial resources to a junior faculty member to convene a one- to two-day workshop* aimed at preparing their book manuscript for submission to a publisher. The purpose of this workshop is to provide junior UC faculty with quality feedback from experts in the field on a first full draft of a pre-tenure book manuscript in preparation for submission to a publisher for a contract or for publication (the draft must include versions of every chapter to be included in the final book). Based upon successful national models, the workshop serves as an opportunity to convene experts in the field (typically around five discussants, including one or two non-UC experts) to contribute to the intellectual development of the manuscript.

*Applicants should be prepared to present working group plans aligned with COVID-19-related restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings. As long as University-wide restrictions remain in place, UCHRI funds cannot support travel or other expenses for in-person meetings.

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


Application Details

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process.

Applicants must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Manuscript Abstract (200 words max)

  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)

  • Proposed Budget (see details below)

  • One to Two Chapters from the book project (up to 30 pages, double spaced, per chapter) 

  • Letter of Support from the applicant’s department or program chair

  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)

Successful applications include faculty participants from at least three UC campuses, though greater multi-campus engagement is encouraged.

Project Description

The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Project Overview, including a summary of the project, its current stage in the revision process, and why the workshop will be helpful at this particular time.

  • Timeline for Publication, including when the first draft will be completed, when the workshop will be held, and when the final manuscript will be submitted to a publisher for a contract or publication. The manuscript workshop must take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

  • List of Participants, including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the workshop. One or two participants may be from a non-UC campus, and one expert editor may be invited as a discussant.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

  • The Applicant PROPOSED Budget Template

  • A Budget Narrative (500 words max) that explains how estimates were determined. Budgets may cover a number of program-related expenses, including but not limited to travel, lodging, a modest reward for invited participants, group meals, and room rental costs for the workshop.

Proposed budgets may cover travel, lodging expenses, conference publicity, facilities rental costs related to the event, as well as necessary group-related research expenses. Catered and group meals may not exceed 10% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages.

Please note that restrictions on UCHRI funding do not allow honoraria to be paid to UC faculty. Compensation should be in the form of a direct contribution to the faculty member’s research fund, and is limited to a maximum of $300 for UC-faculty presenters/panelists. Honoraria may be paid to non-UC presenters/panelists, and should also be capped at $300.

UCHRI may also consider administrative costs (up to 10% 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 faculty 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, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com.