Funding for Faculty

Faculty Fellowships

Upcoming Application Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019

Ladder-rank faculty members can apply for an IHC Faculty Fellowship, which will grant them release from teaching one quarter to concentrate on research projects. The fellowship term must take place within the academic year following the award application deadline. Recipients must be in residence during the fellowship term; while the award releases the recipient from teaching responsibilities, it does not exempt him or her from service and advising responsibilities. Award recipients will be designated IHC Fellows and will deliver a public lecture or hold a seminar on a topic related to their research during their tenure as fellows. The award does not provide for release from summer teaching, nor does it provide a salary supplement. It will be calculated as a replacement cost of up to $5,000 for one course. Faculty may receive this award once every five years and must not teach during the award quarter. There are two rounds of competition each year: November 15 and April 15. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the first business day following the deadline. For further information, contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit an online application form, which also requires you to upload the following as PDF files:

  • a project description (5 double-spaced pages, see instructions below)
  • a bibliography (1-2 pages)
  • a brief curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • a letter from the applicant’s department/program chair indicating approval of release time if an award is made

Project Description Guidelines

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
  • specify the interdisciplinary scope of the project
  • include a timetable and work plan, specifying project activities in the proposed award period
  • define the project’s target audience(s) and the form(s) in which the research will eventually be disseminated (e.g. book, article, art exhibit, performance)

Faculty Collaborative Awards

Upcoming Application Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019

Faculty can apply for an award to support collaborative projects. Eligible projects include conferences at UCSB or in the Santa Barbara area; collaborative research or instructional projects by faculty in one or more departments/programs; and initiatives to bring visiting scholars and arts practitioners to campus for collaborative research or teaching (where appropriate, such scholars may be appointed IHC Visiting Fellows). The award amounts are up to $3,000 each, and funds must be used within 12 months of award notification. (Note: Award decisions are announced approximately one month after the award deadline. Please factor this into your budget planning for projects that take place close to the award deadline.) There are two rounds of competition each year; deadlines are November 15 and April 15. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the first business day following the deadline. For further information, contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit an online application form, which also requires you to upload the following as PDF files:

  • a project description (5 pages, double spaced, see instructions below)
  • a preliminary budget that includes some indication of cosponsorship by departments. Please use this template as a starting point for your budget and briefly explain any budget items that are not self-explanatory. (NB: IHC funds can be used for equipment rental but not purchase.)
  • a brief curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum) of the principal investigator

Project Description Guidelines

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
  • 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
  • specify the interdisciplinary scope of the project
  • include a timetable and work plan, specifying project activities in the proposed award period
  • define the project’s target audience(s) and the form(s) in which the research will eventually be disseminated (e.g. book, article, art exhibit, performance)

Collaborative Arts Teaching Program

Application Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019

The IHC invites proposals from UCSB faculty members for funding through its Collaborative Arts Teaching Program (formerly known as Community-Engaged Participatory Pedagogy in the Arts Program). Awards of up to $4,000 will be made for visual and performing art projects housed within undergraduate or graduate courses at UCSB that will take place in the current or following academic year. Applicants should engage with a community partner in conceiving, designing, and executing a project that is significant to a particular community. Partners may include non-UCSB community groups in Isla Vista and in the Santa Barbara region. The program can be used either to seed projects for existing courses or as the basis for creating a new course with a community-engaged component; we welcome proposals that incorporate graduate student mentoring. Proposals for continuing projects that have already been funded through the program must indicate how the course and/or project is different from and builds on the prior iteration. Funding may be used for residencies with visiting artists with experience in community-engaged participatory work, for materials and equipment, transportation, and other costs associated with the project. Funds must be used within the current or subsequent academic year. Applications are due by November 15, 2019 at 5 pm. For further information, contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit an online application form, which also requires you to upload the following as PDF files:

  • a 4-5 page description of the proposed project, including an explanation of its goals in terms of community-building and transformation; the collaborative practices and principles through which the community partnership will be developed; the benefits to be realized from the execution of the project; the methods that will be used for the project; plans for dissemination of the results of the project
  • a budget for the program. Please use this template as a starting point for your budget and briefly explain any budget items that are not self-explanatory. (NB: IHC funds can be used for equipment rental but not purchase.)
  • a letter of support from a potential community partner
  • if the project incorporates a visiting artist, a letter of support from the artist

Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Awards

Upcoming Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (for projects taking place Spring 2020 through Spring 2021)

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center offers awards of up to $1,500 to support innovative creative projects in the visual, performing, and media arts that engage with issues of interdisciplinary concern. The competition is open to UCSB faculty and graduate students. Both individual and collaborative projects are eligible. In addition to 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, areas of study, and ways of producing, presenting, and disseminating knowledge. Proposals must indicate how projects will engage the campus community. The winning project will be designated an IHC activity and accorded full administrative support.

For further information, contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit an online application form, which also requires you

  • to upload the following as PDF files:
    a project description (5 pages, double spaced, see instructions below)
  • a preliminary budget. Please use this template as a starting point for your budget and briefly explain any budget items that are not self-explanatory. (NB: IHC funds can be used for equipment rental but not purchase.)
  • a brief curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)

Project Description Guidelines

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 arts practice
  • specify the interdisciplinary scope of the project
  • 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
  • indicate how the project will engage the campus community

For collaborative projects, the description should also:

  • 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

NEH Summer Stipends

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center accepts applications from UCSB faculty members for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program. To be considered for a 2020 Summer Stipend, faculty members must submit all application materials by Friday, August 16, 2019. This is a limited submission funding opportunity. Members of the IHC’s Advisory Board will recommend nominees for this award. As a campus UCSB may submit only two applications.

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals working full-time on a humanities project at any stage of development by providing $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients have produced articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Work in the creative arts or performing arts—such as the writing of fiction or poetry, painting, sculpting composing or performing music, acting, directing, and dance—is not eligible. Summer Stipend recipients may hold other research grants during the tenure of their awards, but they must work full-time on their projects during the two months of their tenure. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are eligible to apply for a Summer Stipend. Individuals who have held a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the last three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. A “major fellowship or research grant” is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and grants from an individual’s own institution and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships. Individuals who have previously received a Summer Stipend may apply to support a new stage in their project. These applications will be judged by the same criteria as other applications. Previous recipients, however, must wait five years from the time they received their award to reapply.

NEH Areas of Interest

Special encouragement in recognition of and preparation for the 250th anniversary of American independence
Americans will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our nation in 2026. The anniversary of American independence provides an important opportunity to look back at the nation’s founding and the past two and a half centuries of American history. What began as a conflict between the thirteen colonies and Great Britain culminated in the creation of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. As we approach the 250th anniversary, NEH is offering a special encouragement to applicants in the Summer Stipends program to consider the impact—both immediate and long term—of the momentous events of 1776. We especially invite applications that explore the role of the Declaration of Independence and other foundational documents in the making of U.S. history. In addition, we would welcome applications that explore the experiences of states and communities beyond the original colonies in joining the nation, since they have their own stories of becoming part of the United States. We also invite applications examining the stories and contributions of underserved communities in our nation’s history.

Advancing civic education
NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture, as well as projects that advance civic education and knowledge of America’s core principles of government.

Standing Together
NEH invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service.

Protecting Our Cultural Heritage
In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials. Proposed projects should be based on scholarly work and follow standards and best practices. Projects must demonstrate the capacity to be sustained and must be widely accessible to the public. Learn more about Protecting our Cultural Heritage. The Summer Stipends program will give equal consideration to all applications in accordance with the program’s review criteria, whether or not they respond to the Standing Together initiative, focus on lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials, or recognize the 250th anniversary of American independence.

Application Instructions

To be eligible for a summer stipend, UCSB faculty members must submit all required application materials as a single PDF to ihcucsb@gmail.com by 5 pm Friday, August 16, 2019. Nominations will be announced by Friday, September 6 to give nominees time to revise their proposals for submission to the NEH by its Wednesday, September 25, 2019 deadline.

For full information about the stipend and application materials, visit http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends.

For further information, please contact Erin Nerstad, IHC Associate Director: nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu.