CIS Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

2016-17 Humanities Interdisciplinary Program (HIP) Graduate Student Awards

Award Details

The Center for Ideas and Society invites proposals for the Humanities Interdisciplinary Project (HIP) Graduate Student awards.  Current UC Riverside graduate students in good-standing are eligible to apply. Project format and focus are open. Examples of projects HIP-Grad awards may support include, but are not limited to, seed funding for larger grant proposals, 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 is $3,000. Proposers should indicate sources of any additional funds. Stipends, tuition, 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 2016-17 academic year.  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.

Deadlines and Procedures

The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, February 15, 2016. All proposal documents should be combined in a single PDF and emailed to, subject line “HIP GRAD-[YourLastName]”. Faculty recommendation letters can be emailed as well. Ask letter writers to reference your project in the subject line.

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

Full Details: Download the application & proposal guidelines

2015-16 Humanities Graduate Student Research Grants

Details: Download the application & proposal guidelines
Deadline: February 15, 2016
Contact: Katharine Henshaw at (951)827-1555 and

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. 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, 2016 through April 30, 2017.  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.

Applications are due by February 15, 2016 and must be accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty sponsor with expertise in the area of the student’s project.

Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Seminars

Details: Download the program flyer or program overview.
Contact: For more information or questions regarding the stipend support, contact Katharine Henshaw at (951)827-1555 or

The Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies grant will support 4 research seminars comprised of four faculty, four graduate students and four undergraduates. These teams of 12 will convene for one quarter each over the next 2 years to conduct in depth research on various aspects of intercultural engagement in a culturally diverse climate. Participating graduate students will receive a stipend and payment of university fees and tuition. This award does not cover any non-resident supplemental tuition or the $2 per unit technology fee.

To apply, graduate students should contact the faculty members who are involved in the particular seminar in which they are interested. Download the program overview for faculty contact information.

The 2015-16 Humanities Collaborative Research Award

Details: Download the proposal guidelines or the call for proposals.
Contact: Katharine Henshaw at 951-827-1555 or

The Humanities Collaborative Research Awards are open to all UCR graduate students. Project format and focus may vary but should be designed to support collaborative and interdisciplinary engagement among graduate students. Awards of up to $500 may, for example, be used to host a workshop or reading group, to help produce a graduate student conference, or to foster cross-college and cross-school collaborations among fellow graduates.

Administrative and event support will be provided by the Center for Ideas and Society and, where possible, projects should utilize Center facilities and meeting spaces. Travel and expenses related to dissertation research, tuition, fees, GHSIP and technological support are not covered by this award. No more than one-third of the award may be used for event catering.