Funding for Graduate Students

Predoctoral Fellowships

Upcoming Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center offers predoctoral fellowships to support UCSB doctoral candidates and advanced MFA students whose research facilitates dialogue across the traditional disciplinary boundaries within the arts and humanities, and/or between the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. 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 and areas of study, and new ways of producing, presenting, and disseminating knowledge. Five fellowships will be awarded in each round of competition. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $6,000, with payment of basic resident fees for one quarter of the academic year. For further information, contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu.

Predoctoral Fellowship Restrictions and Requirements

  1. Applicants must have either registered student status or approved research leave of absence (if appropriate), both at the time of application and for the duration of the fellowship. Doctoral students must have advanced to PhD candidacy by the application deadline.
  2. Fellowship recipients are not permitted to hold other campus fellowships or employment during the tenure of their fellowship quarter. Awards may not be deferred beyond the specified period of possible tenure.
  3. Award recipients are expected to enroll and participate in an IHC Predoctoral Fellows Seminar during the three academic quarters following their acceptance of the fellowship. Predoctoral Fellows are required to make a presentation based on a topic related to their research and to serve once as primary discussant. The seminar meets approximately twice a quarter.
  4. Fellowship recipients are expected to attend a minimum of six events (at least two per quarter) in the IHC’s public events series.

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 maximum, see guidelines below) and a bibliography (1-2 pages)
  • a brief curriculum vitae (no longer than 2 pages)

A letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation director or faculty graduate advisor should also be sent directly to the IHC no later than the application due date. Letters may be submitted in hard copy or emailed to ihcucsb@gmail.com.

Project Description Guidelines

The project description should:

  • state the objectives, ideas, and methodology of the project. Your description should be directed toward non-specialists.
  • 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, indicating the status of the project and outlining 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)

List of Predoctoral Fellow Award Winners

Graduate Collaborative Awards

Upcoming Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018 (for projects taking place in the 2018-19 academic year)

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center offers annual collaborative project awards (up to $1,500) to encourage graduate student collaboration beyond the confines of particular departments and disciplines, both within the arts and humanities and between the arts and 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. 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 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. 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 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

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 how the current project productively extends and expands upon previous work if it is part of a series of similar events or projects
  • 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

Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Awards

Upcoming Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (for projects taking place in the 2018-19 academic year)

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center offers annual awards (up to $1500) 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 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. The deadline is January 16, 2018 at 5:00 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 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)
  • 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

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

Humanities in the Community Program

Mandatory info session: Tuesday, October 24, 12 pm
Application deadline: Monday, January 8, 2018

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts announce the second year of a funding opportunity to support publicly-engaged scholarship and arts. The grant is open to HFA M.F.A. students and Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy. The program will give up to five awards of $5,000 each, and limited additional funding will be available to defray materials costs.

The grant will be used to support projects undertaken in partnership with a community organization during summer 2018.   The program encourages submissions for projects that engage with community partners in collaborative problem solving or that work in community settings to stimulate public creation and discovery. For past project examples, scroll down.

During spring and summer quarters, grant recipients will meet as a group to discuss their work, share best practices and reflect upon the significance of their individual projects within the larger trajectory of their graduate studies.

To learn more about the Humanities in the Community program and application process, please attend the mandatory information session on Tuesday, October 24, from 12–1 pm in the IHC McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6th Floor). If you are unable to attend the session, please arrange to meet with Associate Director Erin Nerstad (nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu).

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted by Monday, January 8 to ihcucsb@gmail.com.

A complete application should include:

  • a project description (5 double-spaced pages, see instructions below)
  • a preliminary budget for any supplies that your project requires (briefly explain any budget items that are not self-explanatory)
  • curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • a letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor.  This letter may be emailed directly to the IHC at ihcucsb@gmail.com.

Project Description Guidelines

The project description should:

  • state the objectives, ideas, and methodology of the project, specifying how you understand this work as transforming your own humanities scholarship
  • discuss the project’s significance with reference to its shared, community-centered collaborative production of knowledge and culture
  • explain the nature of the community collaboration. Indicate the contact that you have had with your proposed community partner and how this relationship has been established.
  • state the particular expertise and preparation you bring to the project
  • discuss the form(s) in which the project will be disseminated, at each of its stages, from planning to the achievement of its goal
  • include a timetable and work plan, specifying project activities

For projects involving human subjects, such as oral histories, please visit http://www.research.ucsb.edu/compliance/human-subjects. Proposals that involve human subjects must participate in human subjects review before the project commences.