Graduate Collaborative Awards

Graduate Student

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
(For projects taking place in the next academic year)

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center offers annual collaborative project awards (up to $1500) to encourage graduate student collaboration beyond the confines and conventions of particular departments and disciplines within the arts & humanities, and between the arts & humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Groups of graduate students from at least two UCSB departments and academic programs are eligible to apply. A faculty advisor is recommended but not required. Eligible projects include conferences, symposia, exhibitions, and performances. Projects that experiment with a combination of dissemination formats are encouraged. Besides making a significant contribution to current scholarship and research practices, proposed projects should seek to

  • frame their questions, methods and modes of inquiry with reference to two or more established disciplines/fields of study, and/or
  • foster the development of new objects and areas of study, and new ways of producing, presenting, and disseminating knowledge

The winning project will be designated an IHC activity and accorded full administrative support.  Priority will be given to providing seed funding for new initiatives.

A complete application should include:

  • a cover sheet (download form)
  • a project description (5 pages, double spaced, see instructions below)
  • a preliminary budget (briefly explain any budget items that are not self-explanatory; the IHC does not fund equipment costs)
  • brief curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum) of the project organizers

The project description should:

  • state the objectives, ideas, and methodology of the project
  • discuss the project’s significance and originality with reference to current scholarship and/or arts practice
  • if this project is part of a series of similar events or projects, explain how the current project productively extends and expands upon previous work.
  • specify the interdisciplinary scope of the project
  • explain the nature of the collaboration and how it will advance knowledge and scholarship in the field of study
  • state the particular expertise and potential contribution of each participant
  • define the project’s target audience(s) and the form(s) in which it will be disseminated
  • include a timetable and work plan, specifying project activities

Deadline : January 16.  Applications should be received no later than 5:00pm on the deadline date.  If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the first business day following the deadline.

Application procedure:

Please complete the form below.  Then send all required application materials as a single PDF to ihcucsb@gmail.com.   Application materials:

  • a cover sheet (download form)
  • a project description
  • a preliminary budget
  • brief curriculum vitae of the project organizers

You will receive a confirmation email within one business day.

For further information, contact Erin Nerstad at 805- 893-3137.

To view a list of past graduate collaborative award winners, click here

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