Workshop, Symposia & Conference Awards

What: Awards of up to $2500 for workshops and symposia and up to $5000 for conferences
Who: UCR faculty
When: July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022
Deadline to apply: January 11, 2021 *Extended*

Workshop, Symposia and Conference Awards support research development and/or dissemination events hosted at UC Riverside. Though ranging in scale and audience, these events bring a variety of UC, national and international scholars together at UC Riverside for one or more days to share research and explore topics of mutual interest in an interdisciplinary environment.

Of particular interest are projects that draw upon multiple perspectives and disciplines in order to develop more robust and nuanced understandings of topics than is frequently possible within traditional disciplinary vocabularies, categories, and self-descriptions. Though proposals should demonstrate emphasis on the humanities, special consideration will be given to projects that cross humanities disciplinary boundaries by embracing the arts, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and other fields of study.

Conference applicants must also apply for a UCHRI Conference Award in the same year.  (They need not be successful as a condition of award.) All awardees are generally expected to seek matching campus contributions of 10% of the awarded amount.

The awards do not support meetings or annual conferences of professional societies or organizations. All events funded by the Center are free and open to the public.

Submit the online application form and all required documentation by 11:59 pm on the deadline. All required documents should be prepared in advance and uploaded to the form at the time of submission. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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► Online application form

Complete applications include:

  1. Project title and abstract (300-word limit)
  2. Description of proposed project(1000 words or less, not including bibliography or CVs): When drafting the proposal, reflect on the criteria outlined in the other sections of this call, particularly under Evaluation. Identify the goals and objectives and make clear the interdisciplinary and/or collaborative aspects of the project. Provide a tentative schedule of events, as applicable to the project. Upload the proposal to the application form as a PDF or Word document.
  3. Budget and Budget Justification: Itemize all expected costs associated with the event. Include explanations of how estimates are calculated and a line-by-line justification for the necessity of each expense as it relates to the project goals. If the proposal is awarded at a lower amount than requested, indicate how the project scope can be adjusted. Describe cost-sharing, matching funds, cosponsorships, and other funding, committed or pending. Enter budgets and justifications on the CIS Project Budget template. Download budget template.
  4. List of organizers and confirmed participants: Submit short (2 page) CVs of confirmed participants. Identify the roles for each person included. A list of potential invitees (with affiliations) should also be included. Combine CVs and participant list as a single PDF or Word document and upload to the form.
  5. Conference applicants: Evidence of having applied for a UCHRI Conference Award in the current year.

In addition to humanities-emphasis, interdisciplinary collaboration, and location, the advisory committee looks for intellectually sound, clear, and well-organized proposals that, as the format of the project allows, represent the following values and standards:


The importance of the themes and/or issues of the conference, symposium and workshop seeks to address.
The capacity of the format of the conference, symposium or workshop to help develop insights into these themes of issues.
The suitability of proposed participants given the conference, symposium or workshop themes and/or issues.
Potential of the conference, symposium or workshop to inspire future research, programs, grants, or community relationships.


The clarity of lines of responsibility and accountability.
The transparency and appropriateness of the conference, symposium or workshop budget
The scalability of the conference, symposium or workshop to accommodate less funding if required, or its potential to leverage additional funding through co-sponsorships, additional grants, or other fund-raising.

Final awards are based on available funding. In order to support as many projects as possible, you may be offered an award for less than requested. Lower awards do not reflect on the quality or importance of the work being conducted.

Applicants are generally expected to secure campus co-sponsorships of 10% of the awarded amount.

Major purchases of non-expendable equipment, course buy-outs, stipends, GSR/student tuition or fees, staffing, alcohol, personal conference travel and/or annual meetings or professional organizations and groups are not covered by this award. Reusable supplies and equipment purchased with these funds remain the property of the Center. Expenditures must be within the categories listed in the proposal budget. Written permission is required for budget adjustments or changes to the project scope prior to spending funds.

All project transactions and processes must adhere to applicable/relevant UC, UCR, and Center policies. Expenses must be incurred within the award period and all unexpended funds are surrendered at the end of that period. Extensions of the grant timeframe are rare but may be requested in writing to the Center director. Awardees: Alert the Center staff if accommodations to the project timeline or budget are needed due to COVID-19 disruptions and restrictions.
Administrative and event support is provided by the Center for Ideas and Society. Where possible, projects should make use of the Center’s facilities in College Building South.

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 IRB approval has been granted and the protocol number. Funds are released only after approval is obtained.

Project organizers will submit a final report within 4 weeks following the event date. The final narrative should assess the outcomes (both planned and unexpected) and compare the project as proposed with the project as experienced. What progress was made toward the stated goals? What questions were uncovered or resolved? What challenges were faced? What new areas of research and collaboration were opened? Reports should include a list of participants, audiences reached, and impact on students, classes, teaching, publications, community service, and other methods of research, engagement and service.

In papers, event presentations, or other methods of sharing the results of your project, please acknowledge the support of the Center for Ideas and Society.

From time to time, we may share your name, conference title, and/or portions of your narrative report on our website or other reports and promotional materials. This serves our mission by sharing the research of our college with the wider public and helps us emphasize the importance and relevance of humanities-focused projects.

For questions, please contact Katharine Henshaw, Associate Director, at