Working Through Upheaval: Affiliated Scholars Grant, 2021-22

The 2021-22 Working Through Upheaval Affiliated Scholars Grant is an 18-month award that supports UC PhD alumni who plan to pursue academic positions in 2021-22, and who do not currently have an institutional affiliation, or who are in adjunct positions with less than 50% appointment and for less than a year. In recognition of what has been an academic job market facing layers of pressing challenges for at least the last decade, and the need for young scholars to have institutional backing, this grant offers a cohort of independent scholars institutional affiliation with a University of California-wide institute that is known for its global reach.

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

Program Details

UCHRI’s Working Through Upheaval Scholars will have institutional affiliation with the Institute, including access to UCHRI letterhead and UC Irvine library resources (where possible). No on-site offices or materials will be available, however, as this grant is meant to support remote activities. Scholars will also have access to a $1250 professional development fund for activities related to their research and job search, and join a cohort of other Working Through Upheaval scholars. The cohort will have access to some infrastructural support (like a dedicated Slack channel or Facebook group, should it be of interest). This networked cohort will be expected to foster intellectual community by meeting together at least once a month. This could include joining UCHRI’s group of Humanities PhDs@Work LinkedIn Group and participating in UCHRI-sponsored scholarly activities; the full scope of participation will be dependent upon individual and group interests. Scholars will be chosen based upon their project’s relevance to UCHRI’s mission of supporting experimental, interdisciplinary humanities scholarship and programming foci; we strongly encourage interested applicants to learn about UCHRI’s initiatives

All applicants are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with UCHRI’s online journal, Foundry, and to consider submitting work pertaining to Foundry’s new open call series, Living Through Upheaval. Foundry seeks academic submissions that experiment with content and form, and that push beyond the constraints of traditional academic publishing.

Application Details

Organizers must be UC PhD alumni from the humanities or humanistic social sciences pursuing academic positions who are (or will be, post-degree) unaffiliated with an educational institution. Prospective 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 (2 pages max)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

Project Description

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

  • Intellectual Agenda that addresses how the scholar’s academic project speaks to UCHRI’s mission and programmatic foci. Preference will be given to those projects that speak to UCHRI’s recent and current programming, especially the Living Through Upheaval Initiative.
  • Proposed Objectives of the 18 month fellowship, with details regarding the academic job search, scholarly outputs, and networking activities. In addition to your specific project objectives, what kind of informal support might you want to develop with the other Working Through Upheaval scholars?

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Proposed budgets may cover research-related travel*, meals, and lodging expenses related to professional development activities as well as membership dues to professional associations and necessary research materials.

*The use of MRPI funds (including these grant funds) for travel is prohibited through the end of the 2021 calendar year. If your professional development plans include travel for events anytime before January 1, 2022, please note that it will not be covered by the grant. If you are planning research travel or plan to attend in-person meetings from January 2022 onward, you may submit a budget that reflects this.

Minimal food costs will be permissible where appropriate, but should not exceed 10% of the total award amount. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages. 

For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at Please include the name of the grant for which you need assistance.

For technical assistance, contact Submittable at