Research Fellowships

About IHR Research Fellowships

IHR Fellowships provide faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the Humanities with much needed time and resources to pursue their research and exercise leadership in the humanities both within the University and in the public sphere. The IHR serves as an incubator for new ideas and provides crucial support to faculty and students at every stage of the research process. One of our key functions is to identify promising graduate students and to help them become productive researchers through mentorship programs, fellowships, and internship opportunities.

Faculty Fellowships

Faculty Research Fellowships

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Research Fellowships provide faculty in the Humanities with one course replacement in order to pursue their research. Each fellowship recipient is also awarded $800 to be used for research expenses, which can include the hiring of a GSR, travel, and the purchase of computer equipment.

Application consists of:

1. cover letter providing a brief description of research plans and essential contact information,

2. a two-page curriculum vitae that includes selected publications, as well as grants and awards received in the past three years,

3. a three-page research proposal containing a description of the topic of research, the publication (or other result) to which the fellowship period will contribute, and a selected bibliography,

4. a brief email from the department chair expressing support of the proposal and acknowledgment that the fellowship, if awarded, will involve a course release during one quarter, with $8,047 in compensation to the department.

Eligibility:
The faculty member must be a senate faculty member.

Please submit all applications electronically, preferably in .pdf format to ihr@ucsc.edu.

 

Past Faculty Fellows

 

Graduate Fellowships

 

Graduate Dissertation Fellowships

Funded by the UC Humanities Network and the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR)

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Amount: $30,000

Number of awards: 1

Fellowship recipients are expected to devote themselves to writing during the time of the award (AY 2014-15), and not to hold teaching assistantships or other employment. The applications will be evaluated for academic excellence, as well as the likelihood of completion according to the proposed schedule. Partial-year awards are not permitted.

Application consists of:

1. letter of application describing the current status of dissertation research, with a detailed timetable for completion by June 2015

2. brief statement of previous and current awards and grants (award and grant titles, dates, and amounts)

3. summary of the dissertation project (no more than 3 pages), contextualizing the significance of the project for people who are not in their field of study

4. one-page curriculum vitae

5. letter of support from the faculty advisor evaluating the student’s academic work to date, addressing the student’s timetable for completion, verifying that they are within normative time and in good academic standing

Eligibility:

The student must be:

a) enrolled in a graduate program in one of the humanities departments

b) be within normative time and in good academic standing

c) enrolled for at least five credits of graduate-level coursework. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave.

Please submit your applications electronically, as PDF files, to ihr@ucsc.edu. Advisors should send the letters directly to ihr@ucsc.edu.

Graduate Research Symposium:

Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2015.

Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Associate Director, IHR; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

 

Graduate Summer Dissertation Fellowships

Funded by the UCSC Division of Graduate Studies

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Amount: $4,000

Summer Dissertation Fellowships provide students financial support to help complete their dissertation research and writing.

Application consists of:

1. letter of application describing the current status of dissertation research

2. brief statement of previous and current awards and grants (award and grant titles, dates, and amounts)<

3. summary of the dissertation project (no more than 3 pages)

4. one-page curriculum vitae

5. letter of support from the faculty advisor evaluating the student’s academic work to date, verifying that they are within normative time and in good academic standing

Eligibility:

The student must be:

a) a PhD candidate in a graduate program in one of the humanities departments

b) within normative time and in good academic standing

Please submit your applications electronically, as PDF files, to ihr@ucsc.edu. Advisors should send the letters directly to ihr@ucsc.edu.

Graduate Research Symposium:

Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2015.

Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Associate Director, IHR; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

 

Summer Research Fellowships

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Amount: $500-$2,500

Summer research fellowships are to be used for research and research-related travel during Summer 2014.

Application consists of:

1. a brief (one to two pages) description of the proposed research and a simple budget

2. an even briefer letter of support from the faculty advisor, sent to the IHR separately

These statements should address why the research is important, and how it will contribute to the student’s progress toward the degree.

Eligibility:

Applicants are current graduate students in good standing in one of the graduate programs in the Humanities Division.

Please submit all applications electronically preferably in .pdf format to ihr@ucsc.edu.

Graduate Research Symposium:

Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2015.

Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Associate Director, IHR; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

 

Past Graduate Fellows

 

Undergraduate Fellowships (HUGRA)

 

Humanities Undergraduate Research Awards (HUGRA)

HUGRA awards support undergraduate research projects in the humanities. Up to 10 awards in the amount of $500 each are given each year. There are no constraints on the expenditure of the stipend. The top proposal receives the Bertha N. Melkonian prize, an additional $500. Any project involving research within or including any of the humanities disciplines is eligible for consideration. Proposals must be for research to be performed during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Proposals will be judged on the basis of:

1. intellectual substance

2. promise of results

3. preparation of applicant

4. feasibility.

Application consists of:

a) HUGRA Application Form (Click here)

b) 1-3 page research proposal, describing the research problem to be addressed, what will be done in the project, and what end product (e.g. research paper, senior thesis, project report) is expected. A timetable should be included.

c) A letter of support from a faculty sponsor addressing items 1. through 4. above. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the letter of support is submitted by the deadline.

Note: All awardees will be expected to make research posters and present at the Humanities Spring Awards & Humanities Undergraduate Research Award Presentations. Please stay tuned for further information about the event.

Deadline: December 1, 2014. Please submit all applications electronically (preferably in .pdf format) to ihr@ucsc.edu

 

Past HUGRA recipients

2014 HUGRA Poster Presentation

 

“The HUGRA award was the first acknowledgment I had ever received for my line of work, and in many ways validated me (in my own eyes) as a scholar. Coming from a very poor family, and being the first in my family to attend college, the award (along with Prof. Connery) gave me the confidence I needed to trust myself as an academic. I owe much of my success in academia to the award and what it symbolizes in my life. I still appreciate having received it, every day.”

Stefano Bloch, Ph.D., Urban Studies Program Faculty at Brown University

HUGRA Recipient and UC Santa Cruz Literature Alum 2001

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