Fellow-Designed Community Project Application Information
Fellow-designed community projects enable graduate students to use their academic skills (e.g., research methods, languages, and content expertise) to address a need identified by a community organization. Public Humanities Graduate Fellows who have previously completed an internship are eligible to apply and should consult with the IHC. Project proposals are evaluated and approved by both the IHC and the partner organization. Oversight will be provided by a mentor at the host organization and by the IHC. Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend for 120 hours of work, and limited additional funding is available to defray materials costs.
Learn more about fellow-designed community projects completed by Fellows Anna Bax, Jasmine Kelekay, Christopher MacMahon, Lauren Smyth, Morgane Thonnart, Anagha Uppal, and George Ygarza.
A complete application should include:
- a project abstract (100 words)
- a project description (five double-spaced pages, see instructions below)
- one-page resume
- a work agreement signed by the applicant and a dedicated mentor at the partner organization that addresses the work that has been agreed on, the timeline for the project, and its deliverables (one page maximum)
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
- optional: a preliminary budget for any supplies that your project requires (briefly explain any budget items that are not self-explanatory)
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.