Funding for Graduate Students

IHC Dissertation Fellowships

Upcoming Application Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center offers dissertation fellowships to support UCSB doctoral candidates 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. Fellowships are held in the academic year following the award application deadline. For further information, contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu.

Dissertation Fellowship Restrictions and Requirements

  1. Students in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences are eligible to apply.
  2. 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.
  3. Fellowship recipients are not permitted to hold other campus fellowships or academic employment during the tenure of their fellowship quarter. Awards may not be deferred beyond the specified period of possible tenure.
  4. Award recipients are expected to enroll and participate in an IHC Dissertation Fellows Seminar during the three academic quarters following their acceptance of the fellowship. Dissertation 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 per quarter
  5. 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)

Graduate Collaborative Awards

Upcoming Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center offers collaborative project awards of 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, areas of study, and 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. Award funds must be used within 18 months of award notification.

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. 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.)
  • 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 15, 2019 (for projects taking place Spring 2019 through Spring 2020)

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

Humanities in the Community Program

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts offers 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 gives up to five awards of $5,000 each, and limited additional funding is available to defray materials costs. The Humanities in the Community grant is used to support projects undertaken in partnership with a community organization during the summer quarter. Supported projects engage with community partners in collaborative problem solving or work in community settings to stimulate public creation and discovery.