Academic Book Clubs

What: Book Club award provides one book for each participant (up to $300 total per club)
Who: Conveners must be UCR Faculty or Graduate Students
Deadline: Applications may be submitted in advance but must be received no later than the deadlines for the quarter in which it will be held: Sept 27 (Fall 2021), Dec 15 (Winter 2022), March 15, 2022 (Spring 2022) or June 15 (Summer 2022).

Stay engaged with colleagues this quarter through Academic Book Clubs. Invite a group of 4 or more colleagues and select a book – it’s that easy!

Book Club awards cover the purchase of books for groups of faculty and/or graduate students who agree to meet in-person or online to discuss the book at least 4 times over the coming quarter. Though we ask that at least half the participants be CHASS faculty and/or graduate students, other participants may be from other UCR departments, UC campuses, local institutions or community organizations.

Club leaders convene meetings via Zoom or on the UCR campus. All required campus COVID-19 protocols, including wellness checks, vaccinations and masking, must be followed for in-person gatherings.

Book groups should select titles that have the potential to engage multiple perspectives, disciplines and methods in critical inquiry. Inclusive, cross-disciplinary groups are encouraged. At the end of the quarter, group members will be asked to respond to a short survey on their experiences.

Other Co-Sponsored Activity: Extend your book club conversation by hosting an event! Book clubs are eligible to apply for cosponsorship of up to $100 to help host a panel, roundtable or author’s talk on the book club title. Apply now or within 2 weeks of your initial book club meeting. Awards may be used on catering, travel or honoraria (non-UC guests only).  Cosponsorship application and more information at:

Book Club Application Link:

Learn more on our Program page.