Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Awards

Faculty Graduate Student

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

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.

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)
  • a brief curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)

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

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 Application materials:

    • a cover sheet (download form)
    • a project description
    • a preliminary budget
    • a brief curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)

You will receive a confirmation email within one business day.

For further information, contact  Erin Nerstad,

To view a list of past visual, performing, and media arts award winners, click here

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