UCHRI Announces 2019–20 Calls for Applications, Including Six New Grant Opportunities

UCHRI is pleased to announce the release of calls for applications for humanities grants for projects to be carried out during the 2019–20 academic year. In addition to awards for conferences, multicampus working groups, public humanities, and individual grants for faculty and graduate students, UCHRI introduces six exciting new grant opportunities.

For the fall deadline, November 19th, 2018, UCHRI is running competitions for Graduate Student Dissertation Support, Conference Grants, Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshops, a Residential Research Group on Civil War, and several new grants (described below):

In the 2019–20 academic year, UCHRI will host two Residential Research Groups (RRGs): one on Civil War (in residence fall 2019), and one on Artificial Humanity (in residence spring 2020). Based on the idea that a broadened idea of civil war can provide a fruitful framework for analyzing the disruptions born from contested conceptualizations of the social, the Civil War RRG will open new ways to apply humanistic methods and sensibilities to phenomena, affects, objects, structures, and architectures that can be investigated through the lens of civil war.

The Artificial Humanity RRG (spring 2020) invites scholars to probe the borders and examine the character limits that delineate the human. While the most obvious forum for these discussions is in the realm of technology and artificial intelligence, UCHRI welcomes projects that expand the horizons of the group to encompass broader readings of the relationship between the human and the artificial. Applications for this RRG are due March 4th, 2019.

Mid-career faculty often need additional time and resources to complete their second book manuscript. The Mid-Career Faculty Workshop Grant operates on the same model as the Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop, but is intended for faculty preparing their second book manuscript. Funds support a one or two-day gathering of primarily UC faculty; the group engages closely with the draft manuscript they have read in advance and provides valuable critique and feedback as the author prepares for publication.

The Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop builds upon the phenomenal success of Humanists@Work, UCHRI’s nationally recognized program that sparked conversations about the expansive professional possibilities for humanities PhDs. This grant opportunity will bring UC faculty into the conversation about diverse forms of professionalization in academic spaces, inviting proposals for multicampus workshops that address a specific skills gap in graduate training in the humanities. Faculty and graduate students will work together to build knowledge about careers beyond the tenure track, and to help shift departmental cultures.

The Digital Humanities Visualization Grant is a new twist on UCHRI’s existing Digital Humanities Grant, focused on projects that emphasize the visualization of humanistic data or ideas. This grant is intended to provide financial resources to support the development and creation of new, robust digital projects that are rooted in the humanities, or to provide financial resources to create or augment digital components related to ongoing visual projects.

As with past years, UCHRI will continue to offer most of its traditionally available grants. On February 4th, 2019, applications will close for the University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowship, which provides individual UC faculty with fellowship support to carry out an extended research project in the humanities or humanistic social sciences during the 2019–20 academic year.

For the winter deadline, March 4th, 2019, UCHRI offers Engaging Humanities Grants, Short-Term Collaborative Research Residencies, Multicampus Faculty Working Groups and Graduate Student Working Groups, a call for Residential Research Group Topic Proposals for the 2020-21 academic year, and one new digital humanities grant. Mentorship for Digital Humanities is a new yearlong program that enables UC faculty to work on a digital humanities project with experts from around the UC system. Each participant will be assigned to an expert and will meet with this expert regularly throughout the program. Additionally, the spring grants deadline includes the Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship, an individual research opportunity for graduate students writing dissertations in the area of medicine and humanities.

Please contact Shana Melnysyn, UCHRI’s competitive grants officer (smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu or 949-824-8902), with any questions about eligibility or the application process.