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.

Humanities Faculty Research Fellowships: Application Deadline November 30, 2017

NEW Digital Research Faculty Fellowship: Application Deadline November 30, 2017

Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Application Deadline November 30, 2017

Public Humanities Graduate Student Instructors: Application Deadline September 1, 2017

Public Fellows: Application Deadline April 30, 2017

UC Santa Cruz – SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program: Application Deadline March 24, 2017

Dissertation Completion and Summer Research Graduate Fellowships: Application Deadline March 10, 2017

 

Click categories below for application information.

Faculty Fellowships

HUMANITIES FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline: November 30, 2017

IHR Research Fellowships provide faculty in the Humanities Division 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 research related equipment. Proposals must be for research performed during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Eligibility:
The faculty member must be a senate faculty in the Humanities Division at UCSC. Preference will be given to junior faculty when possible.

Note:
Fellowship recipients will be expected to present on their work following their fellowship.

Application consists of:

1. cover letter providing a brief description of research plans,

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

3. 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. 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 $8,300 in compensation to the department.

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form). PLEASE NOTE: This year, applicants can use ONE form to apply to both the Humanities Faculty Research Fellowship and/or the Digital Research Faculty Fellowship.

 

DIGITAL RESEARCH FACULTY FELLOWSHIP

Deadline: November 30, 2017

The Digital Research Faculty Fellowship will provide a faculty member in the Humanities Division with one course replacement in order to pursue their research. The 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 research related equipment. Proposals must be for research performed during the 2018-2019 academic year.

One faculty fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with the Digital Scholarship Commons staff to advance a digital research project. The DSC staff will offer consultation and hands-on technical support to ensure the project develops with sustainable, supportable, and innovative technologies. The Fellow will have access to all hardware available in the Digital Scholarship Commons as well as space and staff time for support as appropriate. Projects at any stage of development welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research and the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons of the University Library.

Eligibility:
The faculty member must be a senate faculty in the Humanities Division at UCSC.

Note:
Fellowship recipients will be expected to present on their work following their fellowship.

Application consists of:

1. cover letter providing a brief description of research plans,

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

3. 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. 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 $8,300 in compensation to the department.

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form). PLEASE NOTE: This year, applicants can use ONE form to apply to both the Humanities Faculty Research Fellowship and/or the Digital Research Faculty Fellowship.

PAST FACULTY FELLOWS

 

Graduate Fellowships

PUBLIC HUMANITIES GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS

Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017

Call: We are seeking applications from qualified PhD students to serve as the first cohort of Graduate Student Instructors to teach a new course on “Questions That Matter.” Over the past few years, the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) has hosted a series of cross-disciplinary, humanities grounded conversations in downtown Santa Cruz about “Questions That Matter.” This format has proven extraordinarily successful as a means of public engagement. The university has now received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to develop and launch a series of “Questions That Matter” themed undergraduate courses, taught by Graduate Student Instructors working with faculty mentors and offered through UC Santa Cruz’s residential colleges. In 2017-2018, the inaugural year of the program, Oakes, Porter, and Cowell Colleges will offer the first “Questions That Matter” course on the theme of “Freedom and Race,” sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research.

Award: Selected applicants will be paid GSI salary and benefits for Spring 2018, plus $5,000 summer fellowship; with in-state tuition, fees and health insurance paid by the Graduate Division.

Course Details:

– Spring quarter 2018
– 5 credit, upper-division, undergraduate course
– 30 student maximum
– Tuesday and Thursday schedule
– Theme will be “Freedom and Race”
– Course will satisfy ethnicity and race GE
– Will be offered in 3 Colleges: Porter, Oakes, and Cowell with shared, collaboratively-designed syllabus.

Eligibility/GSI Application Requirements:

a) PhD students in good standing in the following programs are eligible to apply for the Public Humanities Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position: all departments in the Humanities Division; Visual Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS).

b) Applicants must be registered and in residence during the 2017-18 academic year (ineligible to apply while on leave).

c) Advancement to candidacy strongly preferred.

Participant Requirements:

All participating Graduate Student Instructors must agree to teach the course in Spring quarter 2018 and agree to the following terms:

a) 4 meetings with faculty mentors in Fall 2017 to design the syllabus and prepare the course for university approval.

b) 1-2 meetings in Winter 2018 with faculty mentors and mandatory attendance at the “Questions That Matter” public event on January 30, 2018 in downtown Santa Cruz.

c) 2-3 meetings in Spring 2018, plus at least one classroom visit from faculty mentors.

Application consists of:

1) Cover letter of no more than 3 pages describing why applicant wants to teach the course; relevant qualifications; general teaching philosophy; particular approach to the theme of freedom and race. Please include a statement of commitment that you meet the eligibility and participant requirements.

2) Unofficial transcript

3) One-page CV

4) Applicants must provide all teaching evaluations as TA and GSI

5) Letter of recommendation from PhD advisor (emailed separately to ihr@ucsc.edu)

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form).

Questions? Please contact Nathaniel Deutsch, IHR Director, ndeutsch@ucsc.edu.

 

IHR PUBLIC FELLOWS

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Amount: Up to $5,000 

Number of Fellowships: 3 or more (based on the availability of funds)

These fellowships will provide the opportunity for humanities doctoral students to contribute to research, programming, communications and fundraising at non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, or companies and are meant to allow the students to apply and expand their skills in a non-academic setting while engaged in graduate study. Majority of the work should be completed during Summer 2017. Students are welcome to find their own partner organizations or to pursue opportunities from organizations listed below.

Before applying, students are required to attend one of Info Sessions below:

Session I. March 8, 10am, Humanities 1, Room 202

Session II. March 9, 2pm, Humanities 1, Room 402

Fellows will receive:

1. A fellowship stipend of up to $5,000 (for up to 250 hours of work, at the rate of $20 per hour)

2. Mentoring from the Institute for Humanities Research and from partner organization

Eligibility: The student must be:

a) Enrolled in a doctoral program in one of the humanities departments

b) Be within normative time and in good academic standing

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

d) Enrolled in the program at least through June 30, 2018.

Application consists of:

1) Cover Letter (1-2 pages) outlining your interests in a specific position and your qualifications (your research focus can but does not have to align with the project)

2) Resume (1-2 pages)

3) Work agreement – no more than one page – signed by the applicant and a dedicated mentor at the partner organization.   The work agreement should address the work that has been agreed on, the timeline for the project, and its deliverables.

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form).

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

Partner Organizations:

Below are possible organizations you can work with in Santa Cruz County. If you are interested in working with the organization below, please make sure to come to one of the info sessions where we will share contact information and more about each opportunity.  Students are also welcome to find their own partner organizations.

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ – SSRC DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017

Call: We are soliciting applications for 12 awards to participate in the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development (SSRC-DPD) program. The DPD program supports dissertation proposal development through interdisciplinary peer discussion and faculty perspectives; training in key research and related professional skills; introduction to a range of social science, cultural, and humanistic methodologies; and practical workshop activities to advance PhD students’ progress towards candidacy and dissertation research / writing.

Award: Each award includes:

  • Funding covering travel/lodging for two SSRC-coordinated, inter-university dissertation proposal development workshops (Pittsburgh, 7-11 June 2017; Minneapolis, 13-17 September 2017; attendance is obligatory), and
  • $5000 summer funding for support of exploratory research (six weeks minimum) in Summer 2017.

Eligibility: PhD students in the Division of Social Sciences, the Division of Humanities, or the Division of Arts may apply, with the following restrictions:

a) Applicants must be currently enrolled.

b) Applicants must be in year two of their PhD program in the 2016-17 academic year. No applications from students in other years will be accepted.

c) Applicants must be in good academic standing.

Guidelines for Application: Applications should be submitted as a single PDF, including all elements listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

1) Confirmation that you can attend the inter-university dissertation proposal development workshops on 7-11 June 2017 and 13-17 September 2017.

2) A list of courses, including course title / instructor / department, taken as a PhD student at UCSC.

3) Information about your prospective dissertation research topic and proposed summer research. Please provide each part requested, observing the following guidelines and word limits:

a. Abstract (150 words maximum)
b. Introduction of your research topic to an academic reader unfamiliar with your specific topic, region of study, and disciplinary approach. What is your central research question or problem you want to investigate? In what ways is your project timely, important, or relevant? (400 word maximum)
c. What original contribution do you expect your dissertation to make to the existing literature on your prospective topic? (300 word maximum)
d. What sources, sites, and time periods do you propose to investigate in your dissertation research, and what are the justifications for focusing on them? (300 word maximum)
e. Describe your methodological approach for the investigation and analysis of your research materials. (300 word maximum)
f. Describe the preliminary research you propose to conduct this summer. What type of research (eg. interviews, field observation, database analysis, archival or library work, etc.) will you conduct and where? How do you expect this exploratory research to affect your dissertation? (400 word maximum)
g. Provide up to 10 references to research literature (books, papers, etc.) that informs your approach to your topic.

4) A summer research budget, with a breakdown of funds requested and a short description and justification of the uses. (250 word maximum)

5) A brief letter confirming support for the applicant’s participation in the SSRC-DPD, either from the proposed advisor or from the Graduate Director of the applicant’s PhD program.

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form)

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

DISSERTATION COMPLETION FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline: March 10, 2017

Award consists of:
• Stipend in the amount of $21,000 ($7,000 per quarter)
• Tuition, in-state fees, and health insurance

Number of awards: 1

Fellowship recipients are expected to devote themselves to writing during the time of the award (AY 2017-18), 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.

Eligibility: The student must be:

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

b) be within normative time and in good academic standing

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

NOTE: Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2018.

Application consists of:

1. letter of application describing the current status of dissertation research, with a detailed timetable for completion by June 2018

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

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form). PLEASE NOTE: This year, applicants can use ONE form to apply to both Dissertation Completion and Summer Dissertation Fellowships.

Advisors should send the letters of recommendation directly to ihr@ucsc.edu.

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

 

SUMMER DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline: March 10, 2017

Amount: $4,000

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

Eligibility: The student must be:

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

b) be within normative time and in good academic standing

NOTE: Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2018.

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), 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, verifying that they are within normative time and in good academic standing

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form). PLEASE NOTE: This year, applicants can use ONE form to apply to both Dissertation Completion and Summer Dissertation Fellowships.

Advisors should send the letters of recommendation directly to ihr@ucsc.edu.

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

 

SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline: March 10, 2017

Amount: $500-$2,500

Summer research fellowships are to be used for research and research-related travel during Summer 2017.

Eligibility: The student must be:

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

b) Be within normative time and in good academic standing

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

NOTE: Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2018.

Application consists of:

1) Letter of application (one to two pages) describing the proposed research and a simple budget. The application should address why the research is important, and how it will contribute to the student’s progress toward the degree.

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

3) One-page curriculum vitae

4) A brief letter of support should come from the faculty advisor evaluating the student’s academic work to date, verifying that they are within normative time and in good academic standing. The letter should address why the research is important and how it will contribute to the student’s progress toward the degree.

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form)

Advisors should send the letters of recommendation directly to ihr@ucsc.edu.

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

 

PAST GRADUATE FELLOWS

Undergraduate Fellowships

HUMANITIES UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS (Formerly HUGRA)

Deadline: November 30, 2017

These fellowships support undergraduate research projects at UC Santa Cruz 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.

If your project has a significant digital component and you would like to receive mentorship and technical support from the Digital Scholarship Commons, please check the appropriate box on the application form. Students should also consider applying for the Undergraduate Digital Research Fellowship Program sponsored by the Digital Scholarship Commons (deadline November 9, 2017. More details available at: https://guides.library.ucsc.edu/DSC/UndergradFellowship).

Eligibility:
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 2017-2018 academic year.

Note:
All awardees will be expected to make research posters and present at the Humanities Spring Awards & Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship poster presentation in Spring 2018.

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) 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.

b) 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.

Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form)

Faculty sponsors should send the letters of support directly to ihr@ucsc.edu.

 

PAST UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS

PHOTOS FROM 2017 UNDERGRADUATE 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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