Residential Research Group (RRG): Topic Proposals, 2020–21

Residential research groups (RRGs) are in essence teams of researchers, often unknown to each other before residency, and assembled to work on a commonly-defined research agenda. They are composed of a range of UC faculty, UC postdoctoral scholars, UC doctoral students, and visiting scholars (including non-UC faculty) as resources allow. The organizing premise of the residential research program is that when the challenges of communicating across disciplines are surmounted, breakthroughs in knowledge are possible.

RRGs are developed through a two-stage process. First, through this current grant application, research topics for RRGs are determined by open competition or by UCHRI in consultation with its Advisory Committee. Once a topic is approved, UC and non-UC faculty, as well as postdoctoral and doctoral scholars, are invited to apply to participate. Through a competitive review process, RRG fellows are then selected based on their ability to contribute to the research agenda of the group.

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

Application Details

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Faculty organizer(s) must be a UC ladder rank faculty member(s) that wishes to convene a residential research group of scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics of special significance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee well in advance of the application deadline for guidance in the application process.

Prospective faculty 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)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities.

Project Description

In this first stage of the residential research group process, conveners must present their topic of study. The project description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Intellectual Agenda, including a description of the topic or issue that the RRG seeks to address and its short- and long-term significance to the humanities.
  • Potential Participant List (optional), including each participant’s name, campus, department, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project. Please note that all RRG prospective members must apply to participate and the UCHRI Advisory Committee will determine the final participant list.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, which should be a significant project or outcome. This may include scholarly publication, edited or co-edited volumes, key word texts, public-facing projects, digital tool development/refinement, multimedia websites, or programmatic initiatives (e.g., curriculum development).

For program-related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, community relations officer, at Please include the name of the grant for which you need assistance.

For technical assistance contact Submittable at or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2