Residential Research Group (RRG): Topic Proposals (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Residential research groups (RRGs) are teams of researchers, often unknown to each other before residency, who are 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, UCHRI selects from the proposed RRG topics in consultation with its Advisory Committee. Once a topic is approved, UCHRI works with the faculty convener for the selected topic, inviting faculty, scholars, and students to apply to participate. Through a competitive review process, the UCHRI Advisory Committee, in consultation with the convener, selects RRG fellows based on their ability to contribute to the research agenda of the group. This competition is for RRGs during Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.

This year, UCHRI is particularly interested in research 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.

Given the ongoing disruptions caused by the covid-19 pandemic, applicants are encouraged to propose hybrid or alternative models for Residential Research Groups. While we hope that research residencies and in-person seminars will once again be possible by Fall 2021, faculty interested in planning a group would be well advised to envision scenarios where flexibility is required, and should articulate their visions for alternative group structures in their proposals.

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


Application Details

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. 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 snakano@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant for which you need assistance.

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