Project Development Workshops

What: $500 Awards with potential for up to $250 more in matching funds
Who: CHASS faculty (ladder rank and LSOE)
When: Year-round (Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer)
Award period:  Varies by quarter
Deadline to apply: Applications may be submitted up to one year in advance, but must be received no later than the 15th of the month before the start of the quarter in which the workshop will occur: Sept 15 (Fall 2020), Dec 15 (Winter 2021), March 15, 2021 (Spring 2021) or June 15 (Summer 2021).

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. Due to COVID-19, project workshops in the coming year will be hosted online.

Special consideration will be given to projects that have potential to impact tenure and/or promotion.

Applicants should identify a first and second choice for the quarter in which they hope to host a workshop and should clearly identify how the workshop fits within their completion and submission timeline.

In addition to the $500 award, the Center will match up to an additional $250 of committed co-sponsorships to the workshops. Cosponsorships may be pursued before or after application but must be confirmed before the workshop planning begins.

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.

*Note: You will not be able to save your progress once you start the application. We suggest that you preview the questions.

Online application form

Complete applications include:

  1. Project title and abstract (300-word limit).
  2. Description of project: Limit your proposal to 1000 words or less, not including bibliography or CVs. Please include in your description: a) The name of the outside scholar or expert to be invited and a statement of their expertise; b) The status of the work in progress. How close to final draft form is the project? c) What are your goals or what would you like to achieve through the workshop? Proposals will be evaluated with regard to the overall strength and clarity of the proposal, the demonstrated need for the experience and input of the invited scholars and the anticipated impact of the timing of the workshop on the project’s publication or completion.
  3. Budget and Budget Justification: Itemize all expected costs associated with the workshop. Include explanations of how estimates are calculated. Describe cost-sharing, matching funds, cosponsorships, and other funding, committed or pending. Download budget template.
  4. Statement of first and second preference for the workshop quarter.
  5. Short (2 page) CVs of both applicant and outside scholar(s) or expert(s).

Final awards are based on available funding. 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.

Project workshop awards do not require matching funds, but awardees may qualify for up to $250 in Supplemental Award funding by obtaining cosponsorships for the workshop. Supplemental Awards will match cosponsorships on a dollar for dollar basis, up to $250. The $500 Project Development Workshop awards will be combined with the cosponsorship and Supplemental Awards to fund the workshop expenses. (Example: in addition to the $500 workshop award, a faulty member raises $150 in campus co-sponsorships. CIS will match the cosponsorship with a $150 Supplemental Award, for a total workshop budget of $800. ($500 award + $150 cosponsorship + $150 supplement)

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. 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.

Within four weeks following the workshop, awardees will prepare a final narrative report that assesses the outcomes (both planned and unexpected) and compares the project as proposed with the project as experienced. What progress was made toward the stated goals? What questions were uncovered or resolved?

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

From time to time, we may share your name, project 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.

Helpful resources for planning a workshop:

Faculty Book Workshop Guide by CISSR

Workshop Planning Guide by Matthew Salganick

How to Plan a Book Manuscript Workshop by Karen Tani

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