2017-18 Humanities Interdisciplinary Program (HIP) and Conference Awards 2017-05-18T17:30:29+00:00

2017-18 Humanities Interdisciplinary Program (HIP) and Conference Awards

*Information updated on October 6, 2016

Information for Proposers

The Center for Ideas and Society is an interdisciplinary research center advancing humanistic studies and creativity at UC Riverside through fellowships, research workshops, collaborative projects and public events. The Center seeks to foster inquiry from multiple perspectives and disciplines and to further more robust and nuanced understandings of topics than is frequently possible within traditional disciplinary vocabularies, categories, and self-descriptions. The Center is also committed to disseminating the results of its programs to the Riverside community and beyond.

Award Details

The Center for Ideas and Society invites proposals for the Humanities Interdisciplinary Project (HIP) awards.  All UCR faculty are welcome to apply. Project format and focus are open but the Center intends to fund at least one major conference.  In addition to conferences, examples of projects HIP awards may support include (but are not limited to) seed funding for larger grant proposals, cross-college and cross-school collaborations, workshops and symposia, including funds for speakers and non-UCR participants. We encourage projects that are multidisciplinary in orientation and cross humanities disciplinary boundaries by embracing the arts, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and other fields of study. All events funded by the Center are free and open to the public.

Award Amounts

The maximum award for conferences is $10,000; the maximum award for all other projects is $6,000. Proposers should indicate sources of any additional funds. Course buy-outs, GSR or student stipends/fees, staffing, technological support and/or annual meetings of professional organizations and groups are not covered by this award.  No more than one-third of the award may be used for catering. Award must be expended within the 2017-18 academic year; all remaining balances are surrendered on June 30. Final awards are contingent upon available funding.

Administrative and event support will be provided by the Center for Ideas and Society and, where possible, should make use of the Center’s facilities in College Building South.

Proposal Preparation

The proposal must contain the following elements:

  • Completed Application Cover Sheet, including project title and a brief abstract (up to 250 words).
  • Project Narrative (up to 1000 words) that provides an overview of the project’s goals and objectives and that indicates the interdisciplinary and/or collaborative elements of the project. Proposers should provide a tentative schedule of events, as applicable to the project. Conference proposals should also include tentative dates and venues.
  • List of organizers and confirmed participants with short CVs (2 pages each). A list of potential invitees and affiliations should also be included.
  • Budget Spreadsheet for all estimated expenses. A budget template is provided.
  • Budget Narrative that justifies each line item or expense type of the budget spreadsheet as well as information on additional cost-sharing, matching funds, cosponsorships or other funding (committed or potential) that will support this project.

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Proposals

Project Focus

  • The importance of the questions, issues or problems the project seeks to address.
  • The capacity of the project to enhance or develop insights into or an understanding of these questions, issues or problems.
  • The extent to which the project has appropriately taken account of existing research and scholarship.
  • The appropriateness, effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed approach or research methods.


  • The ability of the participants to complete or make headway on the project.
  • The inclusion of opportunities in the project for junior and less senior faculty.


  • The clarity of lines of responsibility and accountability.
  • The inclusion of a realistic timetable that includes milestones.


  • The relationship between the funds sought and the significance and quality of the projected results of the project.

Dissemination and Impact

  • The appropriateness and effectiveness of the proposed dissemination methods.
  • The amount of attention to possible beneficiaries of the project and to ways of engaging with them.

Application Deadlines and Procedures

Awards are made based on the recommendation of the CIS Advisory Committee.

Peter Graham (Philosophy)
Rickerby Hinds (Theatre, Film & Digital Production)
Jeanette Kohl (History of Art)
Benjamin Liu (Hispanic Studies)
Goldberry Long (Creative Writing)
Yolanda Moses (Anthropology)
Rick Redak (Entomology)
Susan Zieger (English)

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, February 10, 2017.   All proposal documents should be combined in a single PDF and emailed to cis@ucr.edu, subject line “HIP-[YourLastName]”. Incomplete applications will not be considered for award.

For further information, please call  Renee DeGuire  at (951) 827-1556.

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