Multicampus Graduate Student Working Groups, 2021-22
The Multicampus 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 specific working group topic and the humanities as a whole. This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in working groups that approach humanistic problems broadly related to the theme of “Living Through Upheaval.” As you fashion your proposal, we invite you to consider how your lines of inquiry are shaped or informed by conditions of upheaval, instability, or turbulence. These forces could be external, bearing on the lives of the researchers involved, or they might be internal to the lived context(s) or sociological landscapes of the research subjects. UCHRI welcomes collaborative projects that put humanistic scholars in conversation with those from disciplines that are methodologically distinct in order to widen perspectives on the phenomena under investigation, thereby enhancing humanistic inquiry into the contours of lived chaos.
*For calendar year 2021, UCHRI grant budgets (including these grants) funded by the MRPI Program may not include travel expenses. If your project plans include travel for events anytime before January 1, 2022, you should submit a budget that reflects a plan for online meetings ONLY. If you are planning research travel or in-person meetings from January 2022 onward, you may submit a budget that reflects this.
Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.
Working groups may consist of 5 to 15 individuals (primarily UC graduate students, from at least two campuses) 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 this year, members must engage in regular, ongoing virtual communication and meet in person* at least two times.
Graduate student organizers will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the 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 Submittable. Required documents include:
Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
Proposed Budget (see details below)
Curriculum Vitae of the Graduate Student Organizer(s) (2 pages max)
Letter of Commitment from the Faculty PI, who will facilitate the administration of funding
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. All project activities must take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:
Problem Statement, including a description of the topic or issue that the working group seeks to address and its short- and long-term significance to the humanities.
List of Participants, including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives.
Calendar of Proposed Dates and Locations for the quarterly in-person meetings as well as any other group-sponsored events or activities.
Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, which may include scholarly publication, a well-curated online tool, or programmatic initiatives (e.g., curriculum development).
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:
A Budget Narrative (500 words max) that explains how estimates were determined
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.
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 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, research grants manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the grant for which you need assistance.
For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at email@example.com.