UC California Studies Consortium (UCCSC)


The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for Graduate Research Travel Grants during the 2015-16 academic year, contingent upon available funding

Who Can Apply: UC Graduate Students enrolled or ABD
Level of Award: Up to $500
Funding Source: UCHRI
Deadline: February 11, 2015 (11:59 pm PST). Apply online via FastApps (opens October 1, 2014).


As part of the University of California (UC) California Studies Consortium (CSC), the UCCSC Graduate Research Travel Grant is designed to assist advanced graduate students at UC campuses for travel and access to archives and collections for research in California Studies.

The consortium is interested in California as a site of global intersections and circulations—culturally, economically, and politically. By supporting and nurturing the work of graduate students and young scholars in the field, it hopes to unearth and build upon critical historical mappings and re-mappings of California and its cultures, as it is invested in sustained, multidisciplinary, and differently situated notions of intersection, power, history, language, migration and movement. The consortium wishes to supplement a more traditional sense of California Studies by dealing squarely with questions of public pedagogy that address the antagonisms comprising what it means to be a "Californian." The steering committee seeks new research exploring and exploding current theoretical lenses that include topics as diverse as nativism and the environment to prisons, industry and the military. To refocus the topic of California away from its common identifiers to its underlying layers of contradiction—labor, resources, scarcity, race, tourism, technology, recreation, suburbia, for example—would expand our understanding of California's complex relationship(s) to the world at large.

These grants are intended for direct support of graduate student research; they are not intended for U student fees and tuition. Travel should take place during the 2015-16 academic year (July 1 to June 30). Conference travel to professional meetings to disseminate research is not eligible for funding. Students advanced to candidacy will be given preference. Applicants must be UC graduate students enrolled or ABD.

Awards are contingent upon available funding. UCHRI funds must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations. Awardees will be expected to submit a final  report on their research and a budget detailing the use of the funding.

Awards will be announced in Spring 2015.


Applications are accepted exclusively online via UCHRI's FastApps system.

Required documents include:

  • Biographical Summary (150 words max.)
  • Title of Project and Abstract (150 words max.)
  • Project Proposal (2000 words max.)
  • Project Bibliography (1 page max.)
  • Proposed Itemized Budget. Explain how estimates were determined. You may view a sample budget template under FAQ.
  • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant (2 pages max.)

For program related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, Program Officer at snakano@hri.uci.edu.

For technical assistance, contact techsupport@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the program that you need assistance with.