The Center provides funding for UCR faculty and students through our annual calls for projects. Award amounts and call formats vary from year to year.

Event Support

New program! Support for events hosted by CHASS departments and programs.

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The “Hot off the Presses” series features presentations by CHASS faculty on their recently published books. While their book is still “hot off the press”, the authors give an informal talk about the publication’s themes and expected impact, and/or their experience of writing it. Each talk is followed by a question and answer session with participants. The Center adds these new titles to its growing collection of CHASS publications.

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Faculty Support

Made possible by gifts from Emory’s family and friends, the Emory Elliott Book Award honors the book published by a CHASS faculty member during the previous academic year that, in the judgment of the selection committee, best exemplifies the values that characterized Professor Elliott and his contributions to life and letters.

Nominations and self-nominations from CHASS faculty are accepted each fall for books published in the preceding academic year. For example, a book published between July 2021 and June 2022 is eligible for the 2022 award.

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Project Development Workshop Awards provide funds for a CHASS faculty member to host scholars or subject matter experts for an open discussion of the faculty member’s book manuscript, film, play or substantial creative project with the aim of moving it towards completion and submission (to a press, film festival, theatre, gallery show etc.) Funds may be used for workshop refreshments, travel (air/ground transport, lodging) and/or modest honoraria.

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The Center for Ideas and Society’s “Being Human” Initiative and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development invite proposals for cross-campus, interdisciplinary mini research labs on the theme of Innovation Through Humanities. This is a continuation of our successful minilabs program in 2021/22.

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Summer “Pop-Up” Faculty Working Group Awards are designed to encourage CHASS faculty to collaborate with faculty from other UC campuses in exploring a humanities-related topic of common interest over the course the summer of 2024. Of particular interest are new initiatives or proposals that do not have funding and/or that have potential to establish or strengthen UC system research networks.

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Workshop, Symposia and Conference Awards support skill-building, 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/artists together at UC Riverside (in person or online) for one or more days to learn, share research and explore topics of mutual interest in an interdisciplinary environment.

Project Types
Workshops: Public or campus-facing learning experiences that teach skills and develop understanding and/or application of new knowledge.
Symposia: Smaller scale, public or campus-facing research presentations, typically with 1-2 panels of interlocutors. May also include a keynote speaker.

Conferences: Larger scale, public facing research presentations, typically over 2 days, and featuring keynote speakers and 3 or more panel presentations. May also include receptions, formal dinners or performances in the conference theme.

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The Center for Ideas and Society invites applications from faculty (tenure track and Professors of Teaching/LSOE) in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for one-quarter fellowship residencies to pursue  humanities-related projects. Projects may include (but are not limited to) drafting articles and manuscripts, development of major grant proposals, research development,  or other work that enhances opportunities for merit or promotion.

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Support for collective work

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.

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Stay on-track with your writing goals and be productive this quarter through remote Writing Groups! Peer writing groups can provide much needed accountability and support during times of stress and isolation. Writing Group awards provide $25 gift cards to participants who attend a majority of scheduled meetings. Groups of 4-8 participants agree to meet at least five times over the quarter.

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Interdisciplinary Working Group Awards enable cross-departmental groups of faculty and graduate students to explore a theme or subject matter of common interest over the course of an academic year. Possible uses of the funds include but are not limited to guest lectures, panel discussions, works-in-progress workshops and public-facing or community-engaged projects. Up to $500 may be spent on internal working group meetings.

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Working in cross-disciplinary and intra-university teams, participants will learn how to storyboard an idea, to create and collect audio content, and to edit their narrative into an entertaining, powerful podcast. All equipment will be provided, and technical support will be given throughout the week. This institute will be in virtual format.

Awards cover tuition and all equipment (microphone, headphones, windscreen) and materials.

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Limited submission call for humanities scholars at UC Riverside to participate in the Summer Residency Program at the National Humanities Center, June 2-28, 2024. One (1) UCR scholar will be selected to participate in the 2024 summer program.

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Graduate Student Support

Limited submission call for humanities graduate students at UC Riverside to participate in the Summer Residency Program at the National Humanities Center, July 15-19, 2024. One (1) UCR scholar will be selected to participate in the 2024 summer program. The award covers roundtrip airfare and program costs; ground transportation, incidentals or other costs are the responsibility of the awardee and/or home department.

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Summer Dissertation Writing Fellowships provide a $6000 summer stipend to advanced UCR graduate students in Ph.D. programs in the humanities who need dedicated time to complete their dissertation over the summer. Office space is available for fellows who prefer to work on campus in the summer months.

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Funded by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the Center for Ideas and Society, the Humanities Graduate Student Research (GSR) Grants assist graduate students in the humanities, arts, and humanistically-oriented social sciences.

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The Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows Program, sponsored by Imagining America, invites graduate students to participate in a yearlong working group in support of collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, storytelling, and co-creating knowledge with and within community.

PAGE Fellows are artists, scientists, researchers, instigators, cultural leaders, care workers, and community activists. As PAGE fellows build capacity with other publicly-engaged scholars across campuses, they will join the Imagining America network of activist-scholars, administrators, artists and media makers who are shifting culture toward justice within higher education and society. Examples of ongoing, local projects by PAGE fellows include a Bay Area movement history website, a national report on LGBTQ youth, a resource hub for Indigenous playwrights, a photography series on the colonial foundations of neoliberal universities, and much more.

Undergraduate Student Support

Sponsored by Imagining America, the Joy of Giving Something Fellows Program provides an opportunity for publicly engaged undergraduate students who attend an IA member higher education institution, or who are sponsored by an IA member cultural institution, and who work with photography and/or digital media to participate in a year-long learning exchange that includes tuition support, project support, and opportunities for professional development.

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The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is a two-year program that provides financial support, research mentorship, and assistance with graduate school applications. The Mellon Mays program at UC Riverside is administered by the Center for Ideas and Society and is funded by an annual grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Visit UCR’s MMUF website for more information on student eligibility and benefits: mellonmays.ucr.edu


Opportunities with humanities and interdisciplinary research organizations

As a grantmaking organization, the UC Humanities Research Institute funds UC faculty and graduate students who participate in innovative research and projects that engage a variety of disciplines and stakeholders. Funding opportunities include faculty fellowship, multi-campus working groups, graduate student dissertation support and much more.

The Center for Ideas and Society works in conjunction with UCHRI to develop and promote humanities projects through the UC Humanities Network. Contact Katharine at katharine.henshaw@ucr.edu for more information on how CIS can support your proposal and help administer your project.

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UCHRI funding calls
Foundry – online publishing platform

The Imagining America consortium (IA) brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world. Working across institutional, disciplinary, and community divides, IA strengthens and promotes public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues.

MEMBERSHIP: UCR faculty and students are eligible to participant in the IA National Gathering and a host of other creative programs through the Center for Ideas and Society’s membership, sponsored by the Decolonizing Humanism(?) initiative.

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Collaborative Research and Learning Programs

PAGE Fellowships for publicly engaged graduate students

Joy of Giving Something (JGS) Fellowships for undergrads in photography and digital media

The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes is a global forum that strengthens the work of humanities centers and institutes through advocacy, grant-making, and inclusive collaboration. CHCI advances cross-institutional partnerships, recognizes regional humanities cultures, and mobilizes the collective capacity of the humanities to engage the most pressing issues in society today.

MEMBERSHIP: Through the CIS membership, UCR faculty and students are invited to participate in CHCI Annual Meeting at reduced cost and can apply for fellowships and research opportunities through their extensive network.

Formed in 1919, ACLS is a nonprofit federation of 78 scholarly organizations. As the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good.

MEMBERSHIP: UC Riverside joined the ACLS Research University Consortium in 2022.

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Fellowships and Grants programs

For nearly 100 years, the Social Science Research Council has coordinated the research, policy, and philanthropic communities in the pursuit of evidence-based policies that promote human well-being on a global scale. The Council support a diverse and representative research community that brings a range of perspectives and approaches to understanding the human condition.

MEMBERSHIP: UC Riverside joined the Social Science Research Council’s College and University Fund for the Social Sciences in 2022.

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Fellowships and Opportunities

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill. Together, we promote the value of studying the humanities, make the case for the public value of the humanities, and cultivate support for federal funding for the humanities.

MEMBERSHIP: UC Riverside is a member of the NHA.

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NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day 2022

Through the National Humanities Center’s Residential Fellowship Program, it provides scholars with the resources necessary to generate new knowledge and to further understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought. The Center’s Education Programs strengthen teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Model programs developed at the Center provide teachers and faculty with new materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach. Through Public Engagement in the form of community lectures, panel discussions, symposia, and a rich multi-media library, the Center promotes understanding of the humanities and advocates for their foundational role in a democratic society.

California Humanities is an independent nonprofit organization and a partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities that produces, funds, creates, and supports humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences and meaningful conversations. For more than 45 years, California Humanities has awarded over $38 million in grants across the state, reaching every Congressional district.

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Humanities for All

Founded in 1982 as a “forum for interdisciplinary exchange”, the Western Humanities Alliance promotes innovative research in humanistic fields related to current social, cultural and scientific issues. With on-going cooperation between distinguished universities, the Western Humanities Alliance (WHA) emphasizes the importance of the humanities in the western United States and Canadian provinces, and is dedicated to the idea that humanities research has a central role to play in shaping the world in the 21st century.

MEMBERSHIP: CIS is a long-standing member of the WHA.