Humanities Graduate Student Research Grants 2017-09-21T13:46:19+00:00

Humanities Graduate Student Research Grants

Call for Proposals

The Humanities Graduate Student Research Grants assist graduate students involved in original research or creative projects in the humanities, as broadly defined by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Awards will not exceed $2000.00.  For questions or clarification, please call or e-mail Katharine Henshaw at or 827-1555.

Applications are due by February 10, 2017 and must be accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty sponsor with expertise in the area of the student’s project.

These awards are primarily intended for research proposals that related to dissertation or MFA work. Other proposals will be considered only if funds permit.

Proposals that involve personal interviews or experiments with human subjects must be review and approved by the Institutional Review Board first.  For forms and details, visit Such proposals should indicate if approval has been granted and the protocol number.  Funds are released only after approval is obtained.

The grant period is May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.  Extensions of the grant period should be requested in writing.  Awards terminate upon leaves of absence, filing fee status, withdrawal or graduation. A student must be registered in the Spring Quarter to use these funds during the summer months.

Expenditures must be within the categories budgeted in the application.  Written permission is required for budget adjustments prior to spending funds.  All expenditures are to be processed through the student’s department using university accounting procedures.  Copies of expense transactions and travel vouchers should be sent to the Center for Ideas and Society, Attn: Katharine Henshaw.

Major purchases of non-expendable equipment will not be funded.  Reusable supplies and equipment purchased with these funds remain the property of UCR.  Research grants are not for stipends or for the actual preparation of thesis copy such as typing, charts, or photographs.

No later than May 31, 2018, each recipient must submit a brief (150-250 word) explanation of the activities undertaken and the outcome of the project.

DEFINITION OF THE HUMANITIES: The bill creating the National Endowment for the Humanities (PL89-209) indicates “…the term humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, theory and practice of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life…” The Endowment supports projects involving additional humanities-based disciplines not explicitly named in the law.

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