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The Humanities Institute is a hub for academic research. We directly support the work of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates through our fellowship opportunities. These grants provide much needed time and resources for fellows to pursue their Humanities work. Since 1999, we have supported over 450 scholars.
See our current and past cohorts, and explore funding opportunities below.
 
Faculty Fellows

Benjamin Breen, History

2018-19

Project: “The Early Modern Drug Database: A Pilot Project”

Details: Digital Research Faculty Fellowship for 2018-19

Catherine Jones, History

2017-18

Details: CITL/Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow 2017-18

Amanda M. Smith, Literature

2018-19

Project: “Novel Maps: Fictional Interventions in Amazonia”

Details: Faculty Research Fellowship for 2018-19

Zac Zimmer, Literature

2017-18

Details: CITL/Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow 2017-18

 
Year-Long Dissertation Fellow

Nickolas Knightly, Philosophy

2018-19

Project: “Revisioning Philosophy”

 
Summer Research Fellows

Christian Alvarado, History of Consciousness

2018-19

Project: “Development and Ideology in the History of the Kenyan Education System”

Steven Green, History

2018-19

Project: “Yiddish, American Jewish History, and Jewish Foodways in New York”

Steven Haug, Philosophy

2018-19

Project: “Understanding Art and Community in Heidegger”

Daniel Joesten, History

2018-19

Project: “By the Accident of Birth”: British Subjects, Free State Citizens, and the Irish Diaspora in Interwar Britain”

Jane Komori, History of Consciousness

2018-19

Project: “Entangled Knowledges: Tracing Relations Between Japanese and Japanese Canadian and American Farmers and Growers”

Priscilla Martinez, History

2018-19

Project: “By Land and By Sea: Indigeneity, Mestizaje, and Nationalism at the Western-Pacific Borderlands from 1824-1934”

Melody Nixon, History of Consciousness

2018-19

Project: “Black Lives Matter and The Racial Imaginary”

Radhika Prasad, Literature

2018-19

Project: “Hindi Modernism and the Crisis of Postcolonial Subjectivity”

Jose Antonio Villarán, Literature

2018-19

Project: “Open Pit: A Story about Morococha and Extractivism in the Americas”

 
Summer Dissertation Fellows

Wayne Spencer Coffey, History of Consciousness

2018-19

Project: “Reproducing the Crisis: Blackness, Violence and Visual Culture in the Postwar American City”

Danielle Crawford, Literature

2018-19

Project: “Storms, Bombs, and Ecologies of Destruction: The Intimacies of Weather Disasters and U.S. Militarization in the Pacific”

Yizhou Guo, Feminist Studies

2018-19

Project: “Postsocialist Youth and Online China”

Muiris MacGiollabui, History

2018-19

Project: “Sons of Exile: The Transnational History of the United Irishmen, 1791-1827”

Claire Urbanski, Feminist Studies

2018-19

Project: “The Afterlife of Settler Colonial Incarceration: Archeological Excavation as Militarization in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”

Delio Vasquez, History of Consciousness

2018-19

Project: “The Politics of the Illegal: Everyday Resistance, the Criminalization of Life, and Civil War in the Global City”

 
Public Fellows

Aaron Aruck, History

2018-19

Project: “Badge List”

Ben Eischens, Linguistics

2018-19

Project: “Pacific Collegiate School”

Kiran Garcha, History

2018-19

Project: “Cal Humanities”

Lani Hanna, Feminist Studies

2018-19

Project: “Freedom Archives”

Andrew Hedding, Linguistics

2018-19

Project: “Senderos”

Priscilla Martinez, History

2018-19

Project: “Tucson Chinese Cultural Center”

Erin Mariel McElroy, Feminist Studies

2018-19

Project: “Frontul Comun pentru Dreptul la Locuire”

Maho Morimoto, Linguistics

2018-19

Project: “Senderos”

Stephanie Luna Padilla, Literature

2018-19

Project: “Border Angels”

Lisbet Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez, Literature

2018-19

Project: “UC Press”

Eric Sneathen, Literature

2018-19

Project: “GLBT Historical Society”

Kirstin Wagner, Literature

2018-19

Project: “Catamaran Literary Reader”

 
Undergraduate Research Fellows

Yu Tung Holly Chen, Literature

2017-18

Project: “Don Quixote in China”

Details: Bertha N. Melkonian Prize Recipient

Christopher Garcia, Linguistics

2017-18

Project: “Relative Clauses in Santaigo Laxopa Zapotec: Islands, Crossover, and Parasiticity”

Teodor Jaich, History

2017-18

Project: “A History of State Control over Christianity in the People’s Republic of China”

Elli Levin, Literature/Creative Writing

2017-18

Project: “Guerrierx: Beyond the Gender Binary in Ariosto's Orlando Furioso”

Jessica Ness, Literature

2017-18

Project: “Age and Agency: Translating Fanon and Poe”

Ethan  Pezzolo, History

2017-18

Project: “A History of Struggle at UCSC: Mapping the Past, Informing the Future”

Mikhaila Reid, History

2017-18

Project: “Russian Orientalism and Gender in Film, Art, and Writing, 1850-1950”

Isabell  Retamoza, Literature

2017-18

Project: “An Eclectic Entanglement: Elements of Femininity in Deer Imagery”

Stephanie Rocha, Art

2017-18

Project: “A Print Series: Dialogue with the Past & Present of Mexican Americans”

Oscar Velasco, Linguistics

1998-1999

Project: “Personal 'a' in Spanish: The Governing Factors”

Glenn Wohltmann, Literature

2017-18

Project: “On the Street”

 
SSRC-DPD Fellows

Chessa Adsit-Morris, History of Art and Visual Culture

2018-19

Project: “Evolutionary Thought: Transdisciplinary Practices and Collective Living”

Shu Chang, History

2018-19

Project: “Constructing Communism: The Life and Death of a Chinese Factory, 1952-1999”

Cesar Estrella, Latin American and Latino Studies

2018-19

Project: “The Threat from the South: Latin America and the Exportation of US Immigration Policy”

Darcey Evans, Anthropology

2018-19

Project: “Straits of Encounter: Bordering Waters between Settler States Division of Social Sciences”

Alexandra Grundler, Philosophy

2018-19

Project: “Embodied Mythology: Exploring the Moral Dimension of Dance Through History”

Melodie Michel, Music

2018-19

Project: “Early Music Performance Practice and (Post-)coloniality in Latin Countries”

Aida Mukharesh, Sociology

2018-19

Project: “Contesting Boundaries: Skateboarding, Space, and Imaginaries in Post-War Beirut”

LuLing Osofsky, Visual Studies

2018-19

Project: “Daoism, Disaster and ​Dissent:​ Political Ecology in Contemporary Chinese Art”

Drew Richardson, History

2018-19

Project: “Mediating Monsters: Network, Database and Encyclopedia in the Works of Suzuki Bokushi and Minakata Kumagusu”

Uriel Serrano, Sociology

2018-19

Project: “Healing Our Hood: Grassroots Youth Organizing, Community Change, and Black and Latino Youth Well-Being”

Casondra Sobieralski, Film & Digital Media

2018-19

Project: “Mapping Hathor in Canaan through AR/VR”

Madison Treece, History of Art and Visual Culture

2018-19

Project: “Transborder Collaborations: Chicanx Artists and Mexican Textile Workers Imagine a Third-Nation”

Vivian Underhill, Feminist Studies

2018-19

Project: “Fracking, Groundwater, and Scientific Standards of Evidence in California's San Joaquin Valley”

Michael Vallerga, Psychology

2018-19

Project: “The Intersection of Sexism and Racism on Internet Message Boards”

Ka-eul Yoo, Literature

2018-19

Project: “Cold War Disability: The Biopolitics of U.S. Military Empire in the Post-1945 Asia-Pacific”

 
C.L. BARBER MEMORIAL FELLOW

Ashley Herum, Literature

2016-17

2017-18

Project: “Santa Cruz Shakespeare”

Funding Opportunities

 

  • HUMANITIES FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

    Deadline: November 30, 2018

    THI Research Fellowships provide faculty in the Humanities Division with one course replacement in order to pursue their research. Each fellowship recipient is also awarded $800 to be used for research expenses, which can include the hiring of a GSR, travel, and the purchase of research related equipment. Proposals must be for research performed during the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Eligibility: 
    The faculty member must be a senate faculty in the Humanities Division at UCSC. Preference will be given to junior faculty when possible.

    Note:
    Fellowship recipients will be expected to present on their work following their fellowship.

    Application consists of:

    1. cover letter providing a brief description of research plans,

    2. two-page curriculum vitae that includes selected publications, as well as grants and awards received in the past three years,

    3. three-page research proposal containing a description of the topic of research, the publication (or other result) to which the fellowship period will contribute, and a selected bibliography,

    4. brief email from the department chair expressing support of the proposal and acknowledgment that the fellowship, if awarded, will involve a course release during one quarter, with $8,775 in compensation to the department.

    Apply

    *PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this application form.

     

  • The Humanities Institute Offers the Following Graduate Research Fellowships:

    Public Humanities Graduate Student Instructors: Application Deadline September 12, 2018
    New Program!
    THI Public Fellows 2018-19 (3 Quarter Opportunity): Application Deadline June 8, 2018
    THI Public Fellows Summer 2018: Application Deadline May 15, 2018
    Public Humanities Graduate Student Instructors: Application Deadline Sept 1, 2017
    SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program: Application Deadline Jan 26, 2018
    Dissertation Completion: Application Deadline March 30, 2018
    Summer Dissertation: Application Deadline March 30, 2018
    Summer Research: Application Deadline March 30, 2018

     


    PUBLIC HUMANITIES GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS

    DeadlineWednesday, September 12, 2018

    Call: We are seeking applications from qualified PhD students to serve as Graduate Student Instructors to teach a course in the Spring 2019 quarter as part of a new “Questions That Matter” course series. Over the past few years, The Humanities Institute (THI) has hosted a series of cross-disciplinary, humanities grounded conversations in downtown Santa Cruz about “Questions That Matter.” The course series expands the impact of these public events into the undergraduate classroom as part of the Mellon Funded Expanding Humanities Impact and Publics project

    This is an opportunity for graduate students to teach their own course and gain skills in course development. Selected graduate students will work with faculty mentors to develop a new undergraduate syllabus exploring the theme, “Data and Democracy.” Students will then teach this new course in one of 3 UCSC residential colleges with additional support from peer mentors.

    Award: Selected applicants will be paid GSI salary and benefits for Spring 2018, plus $5,000 summer fellowship; with in-state tuition, fees and health insurance paid by the Graduate Division.

    Course Details:

    • Spring quarter 2019
    • 5 credit, upper-division, undergraduate course
    • 30 student maximum
    • Theme will be “Data and Democracy”
    • Will be offered in 3 Colleges with shared, collaboratively-designed syllabus

    Eligibility/GSI Application Requirements:

    1. PhD students in good standing and within normative time in the following departments are eligible to apply for the Public Humanities Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position:

    • All departments in the Humanities Division
    • Visual Studies
    • Film and Digital Media
    • Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS)

    2. Applicants must be registered and in residence during the 2018-19 academic year (ineligible to apply while on leave)

    3. Advancement to candidacy strongly preferred

    Participant Requirements: All participating Graduate Student Instructors must agree to teach the course in Spring quarter 2019 and agree to the following terms:

    1. 4 meetings with faculty mentors in Fall 2018 to design the syllabus and prepare the course for university approval
    2. 1-2 meetings in Winter 2019 with faculty mentors plus additional pedagogy workshops
    3. Mandatory attendance at the “Questions That Matter” public event on January 29, 2019 in downtown Santa Cruz.
    4. 2-3 meetings in Spring 2019, plus at least one classroom visit from faculty mentors

    Application consists of:

    1. Cover letter of no more than 3 pages describing why applicant wants to teach the course; relevant qualifications; general teaching philosophy; particular approach to the theme of Data and Democracy. Please include a statement of commitment that you meet the eligibility and participant requirements.
    2. Unofficial transcript
    3. One-page CV
    4. Applicants must provide all teaching evaluations as TA and GSI
    5. Letter of recommendation from PhD advisor (emailed separately to thi@ucsc.edu)

     

    Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form).

    *PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this application form.

    Questions? Please contact Rachel Deblinger, Research Program Manager, THI

     


    New Program! THI PUBLIC FELLOWS 2018-19 (3 Quarter Opportunity)

    Deadline: June 8, 2018

    Stipend Amount: $8,000/quarter (tuition and fees for in-state students fully covered)

    Number of Fellowships: TBD (based on the availability of funds)

    These fellowships provide the opportunity for Humanities doctoral students to contribute to research, programming, communications and fundraising at companies, non-profit organizations, or cultural institutions. This extended fellowship allows students to apply and expand their skills in a non-academic setting through impactful projects that benefit their partner organizations.

    Year long fellows will join and contribute to a cohort of Public Fellows. Throughout the year, the cohort will meet regularly with THI staff to address challenges and reflect on their ongoing projects.

    Partner organization should be located in Santa Cruz County. Exceptions can be made for partners in the greater Bay Area if the organization is open to an ongoing relationship with THI. Consider pursuing opportunities from organizations listed below.

    Before applying, students are required to meet with THI staff by May 15 (contact info below).

    Fellows will receive:

    1. A fellowship stipend of up to $8,000

    2. Mentoring from The Humanities Institute and partner organization

    Eligibility: The student must be:

    a) Enrolled in a doctoral program in one of the humanities departments

    b) Be within normative time and in good academic standing

    c) Enrolled in at least five credits of graduate-level coursework. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave.

    d) Enrolled in the program at least through June 30, 2019.

    Application consists of:

    1) Cover Letter (1-2 pages) outlining your interests in a specific position and your qualifications (your research focus can but does not have to align with the project)

    2) Resume (1-2 pages)

    3) Work agreement – no more than one page – signed by the applicant and a dedicated mentor at the partner organization. The work agreement should address the work that has been agreed on, the timeline for the project, and its deliverables.

    Partner Organizations:

    Below are possible organizations you can work with in Santa Cruz County. If you are interested in working with the organization below, THI staff can put you in touch with the best contact person. Students are also welcome to find their own partner organizations.

    Apply

    *PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this application form.

    Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Managing Director, THI; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

     


    THI PUBLIC FELLOWS SUMMER 2018

    Deadline: May 15, 2018

    Amount: Up to $5,000 

    Number of Fellowships: TBD (based on the availability of funds

    These fellowships provide the opportunity for humanities doctoral students to contribute to research, programming, communications and fundraising at non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, or companies and are meant to allow the students to apply and expand their skills in a non-academic setting while engaged in graduate study. Majority of the work should be completed during Summer 2018. Students are welcome to find their own partner organizations or to pursue opportunities from organizations listed below.

    Applicants are required to have attended the Info Session in April, or met with Irena Polic, Managing Director of The Humanities Institute.

    Fellows will receive:

    1. A fellowship stipend of up to $5,000 (for up to 250 hours of work, at the rate of $20 per hour)

    2. Mentoring from The Humanities Institute and from partner organization

    Eligibility: The student must be:

    a) Enrolled in a doctoral program in one of the humanities departments

    b) Be within normative time and in good academic standing

    c) Enrolled in at least five credits of graduate-level coursework. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave.

    d) Enrolled in the program at least through June 30, 2019.

    Application consists of:

    1) Cover Letter (1-2 pages) outlining your interests in a specific position and your qualifications (your research focus can but need not align with the project)

    2) Resume (1-2 pages)

    3) Work agreement – no more than one page – signed by the applicant and a dedicated mentor at the partner organization. The work agreement should address the work that has been agreed on, the timeline for the project, and its deliverables.

    Partner Organizations:

    Below are possible organizations you can work with in Santa Cruz County. Students are also welcome to find their own partner organizations.

    Apply

    *PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this application form.

    Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Managing Director, THI; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

     


    UC SANTA CRUZ – SSRC DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

    DeadlineFriday, January 26, 2018

    Call: We are soliciting applications for 12 students to participate in the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development (SSRC-DPD) program. The SSRC-DPD program supports dissertation proposal development through interdisciplinary peer discussion and faculty perspectives; training in key research and related professional skills; introduction to a range of social science, cultural, and humanistic methodologies; and practical workshop activities to advance PhD students’ progress towards candidacy and dissertation research/writing.
    Click here to learn more about the SSRC-DPD program and current UCSC fellows.

    Award: Each award includes:

    ● Mandatory participation in all five Spring 2018 Quarter on campus workshops and cohort activities. Workshops will be held on Friday, April 13 10-12 PM; Friday April 27, 10-12 PM; Friday, May 11, 10-12 PM; Friday, May 18, 10-12 PM, and Friday, June 1, 10-12 PM to prepare students to conduct dissertation research and for prospectus and funding proposal writing; regular attendance is mandatory for all participants. On-campus location TBD.

    ● $5000 summer funding for support of exploratory research (six weeks minimum) in Summer 2018. Successful proposals will demonstrate specific need to use particular archives and collections, conduct interviews and/or ethnographic investigations, conduct oral histories, consult with important experts and informants, gather film or recorded documentation, etc. Time spent primarily in language preparation, surveying basic scholarly literature, course preparation and teaching, or other competing research activity, workshop, or conferences not clearly connected with the prospective dissertation topic will be evaluated less favorably.

    ● Two final workshops on September 17 and 18, 2018 to present results of summer research and preparation for writing dissertation prospectus / funding proposals. Attendance is mandatory. On-campus location TBD.

    Eligibility:

    PhD students in the Division of Social Sciences, the Division of Humanities, or the Division of Arts may apply, with the following restrictions:

    a) Applicants must be currently registered (not on leave) to apply and must plan to be registered and in Santa Cruz during the Spring 2018 quarter.

    b) Applicants must be in year two or three of their PhD program in the 2017-18 academic year. No applications from students in other years will be accepted.

    c) Applicants must be in good academic standing.

    d) Previously awarded SSRC-DPD fellows are not eligible.

    Guidelines for Application:

    Applications should be submitted as a single PDF, including all elements listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    1) Confirmation that you can attend and actively participate in all mandatory research and dissertation proposal development workshops in Spring 2018 and two mandatory workshops held on September 17 and 18, 2018, respectively.

    2) A list of courses, including course title / instructor / department, taken as a PhD student at UCSC.

    3) Discuss how your proposed summer research relates to and helps develop your prospective dissertation topic. Please provide each part requested, observing the following guidelines and word limits:

    a. Abstract (150-word maximum)
    b. Introduction of your research topic to an academic reader unfamiliar with your specific topic, region of study, and disciplinary approach. What is your central research question or problem you want to investigate? In what ways is your project timely, important, or relevant? (400-word maximum)
    c. What original contribution do you expect your dissertation to make to the existing literature on your prospective topic? (300-word maximum)
    d. What sources, sites, and time periods do you propose to investigate in your dissertation research, and what are the justifications for focusing on them? (300-word maximum)
    e. Describe your methodological approach for the investigation and analysis of your research materials. (300-word maximum)
    f. Describe the exploratory research you propose to conduct this summer. What type of research (eg. interviews, field observation, database analysis, archival or library work, etc.) will you conduct and where? How do you expect this exploratory research to affect your dissertation? (400-word maximum)
    g. Provide up to 10 references to research literature (books, papers, etc.) that informs your approach to your topic. This is not intended to be an exhaustive scholarly survey of major literature in your field. Choose works that indicate your basic topical, theoretical, and/or methodological approach, and works that have been particularly influential in shaping your research direction.

    4) A summer research budget, with a breakdown of funds requested and a short description and justification of the uses. (250-word maximum)

    5) Letter of recommendation confirming support for the applicant’s participation in the SSRC-DPD, either from the proposed advisor or from the Graduate Director of the applicant’s PhD program. In addition to an evaluation of the student’s potential to contribute to an interdisciplinary social sciences/humanistic graduate researcher cohort and the potential benefits of the student’s participation in the UCSC-SSRC program, the letter writer should commit to meeting prior to and following the program (March-September) to discuss student goals and progress with the faculty program leads; and finally, the letter should confirm student participation in all proposal development workshops stated above. (Letters should be emailed to thi@ucsc.edu).

    Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form)

    Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Managing Director, THI; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

     


    PUBLIC HUMANITIES GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS

    DeadlineFriday, September 1, 2017

    Call: We are seeking applications from qualified PhD students to serve as the first cohort of Graduate Student Instructors to teach a new course on “Questions That Matter.” Over the past few years, The Humanities Institute (THI) has hosted a series of cross-disciplinary, humanities grounded conversations in downtown Santa Cruz about “Questions That Matter.” This format has proven extraordinarily successful as a means of public engagement. The university has now received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to develop and launch a series of “Questions That Matter” themed undergraduate courses, taught by Graduate Student Instructors working with faculty mentors and offered through UC Santa Cruz’s residential colleges. In 2017-2018, the inaugural year of the program, Oakes, Porter, and Cowell Colleges will offer the first “Questions That Matter” course on the theme of “Freedom and Race,” sponsored by The Humanities Institute.

    Award: Selected applicants will be paid GSI salary and benefits for Spring 2018, plus $5,000 summer fellowship; with in-state tuition, fees and health insurance paid by the Graduate Division.

    Course Details:

    – Spring quarter 2018
    – 5 credit, upper-division, undergraduate course
    – 30 student maximum
    – Tuesday and Thursday schedule
    – Theme will be “Freedom and Race”
    – Course will satisfy ethnicity and race GE
    – Will be offered in 3 Colleges: Porter, Oakes, and Cowell with shared, collaboratively-designed syllabus.

    Eligibility/GSI Application Requirements:

    a) PhD students in good standing in the following programs are eligible to apply for the Public Humanities Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position: all departments in the Humanities Division; Visual Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS).

    b) Applicants must be registered and in residence during the 2017-18 academic year (ineligible to apply while on leave).

    c) Advancement to candidacy strongly preferred.

    Participant Requirements:

    All participating Graduate Student Instructors must agree to teach the course in Spring quarter 2018 and agree to the following terms:

    a) 4 meetings with faculty mentors in Fall 2017 to design the syllabus and prepare the course for university approval.

    b) 1-2 meetings in Winter 2018 with faculty mentors and mandatory attendance at the “Questions That Matter” public event on January 30, 2018 in downtown Santa Cruz.

    c) 2-3 meetings in Spring 2018, plus at least one classroom visit from faculty mentors.

    Application consists of:

    1) Cover letter of no more than 3 pages describing why applicant wants to teach the course; relevant qualifications; general teaching philosophy; particular approach to the theme of freedom and race. Please include a statement of commitment that you meet the eligibility and participant requirements.

    2) Unofficial transcript

    3) One-page CV

    4) Applicants must provide all teaching evaluations as TA and GSI

    5) Letter of recommendation from PhD advisor (emailed separately to thi@ucsc.edu)

    Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this form).

    Questions? Please contact Nathaniel Deutsch, THI Director, ndeutsch@ucsc.edu.


    DISSERTATION COMPLETION FELLOWSHIPS

    Deadline: March 30, 2018

    Award consists of:
    • Stipend in the amount of $21,000 ($7,000 per quarter)
    • Tuition, in-state fees, and health insurance

    Number of awards: 1

    Fellowship recipients are expected to devote themselves to writing during the time of the award (AY 2018-19), and not to hold teaching assistantships or other employment. The applications will be evaluated for academic excellence, as well as the likelihood of completion according to the proposed schedule. Partial-year awards are not permitted.

    Eligibility: The student must be:

    a) PhD candidate in a graduate program in one of the humanities departments

    b) be within normative time and in good academic standing

    c) enrolled in at least five credits of graduate-level coursework. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave.

    NOTE: Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2019.

    Application consists of:

    1. letter of application describing the current status of dissertation research, with a detailed timetable for completion by June 2019

    2. brief statement of previous and current awards and grants (award and grant titles, dates, and amounts)

    3. summary of the dissertation project (no more than 3 pages), contextualizing the significance of the project for people who are not in their field of study

    4. one-page curriculum vitae

    5. letter of support from the faculty advisor evaluating the student’s academic work to date, addressing the student’s timetable for completion, verifying that they are within normative time and in good academic standing. Advisors should send the letters of recommendation directly to thi@ucsc.edu.

    Apply

    *PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this application form. Applicants can use ONE form to apply to both Dissertation Completion and Summer Dissertation Fellowships.

    Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Managing Director, THI; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

     


    SUMMER DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

    Deadline: March 30, 2018

    Amount: $4,000

    Summer Dissertation Fellowships provide students financial support to help complete their dissertation research and writing.

    Eligibility: The student must be:

    a) PhD candidate in a graduate program in one of the humanities departments

    b) be within normative time and in good academic standing

    NOTE: Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2019.

    Application consists of:

    1. letter of application describing the current status of dissertation research

    2. brief statement of previous and current awards and grants (award and grant titles, dates, and amounts)

    3. summary of the dissertation project (no more than 3 pages), contextualizing the significance of the project for people who are not in their field of study

    4. one-page curriculum vitae

    5. letter of support from the faculty advisor evaluating the student’s academic work to date, verifying that they are within normative time and in good academic standing. Advisors should send the letters of recommendation directly to thi@ucsc.edu.

    Apply

    *PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this application form. Applicants can use ONE form to apply to both Dissertation Completion and Summer Dissertation Fellowships.

    Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Managing Director, THI; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

     


    SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

    Deadline: March 30, 2018

    Amount: $500-$2,500

    Summer research fellowships are to be used for research and research-related travel during Summer 2018.

    Eligibility: The student must be:

    a) PhD student in a graduate program in one of the humanities departments

    b) Be within normative time and in good academic standing

    c) Enrolled in at least five credits of graduate-level coursework. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave.

    NOTE: Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2019.

    Application consists of:

    1) Letter of application (one to two pages) describing the proposed research and a simple budget. The application should address why the research is important, and how it will contribute to the student’s progress toward the degree.

    2) Brief statement of previous and current awards and grants (award and grant titles, dates, and amounts)

    3) One-page curriculum vitae

    4) A brief letter of support should come from the faculty advisor evaluating the student’s academic work to date, verifying that they are within normative time and in good academic standing. The letter should address why the research is important and how it will contribute to the student’s progress toward the degree. Advisors should send the letters of recommendation directly to thi@ucsc.edu.

    Apply

    *PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this application form.

    Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Managing Director, THI; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

     


  • HUMANITIES UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS (Formerly HUGRA)

    Deadline: November 30, 2018

    These fellowships support undergraduate research projects at UC Santa Cruz in the humanities. Up to 10 awards in the amount of $500 each are given each year. There are no constraints on the expenditure of the stipend. The top proposal receives the Bertha N. Melkonian prize, an additional $500.

    Eligibility:
    Any project involving research within or including any of the humanities disciplines is eligible for consideration. Proposals must be for research to be performed during the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Note:
    All awardees will be expected to make research posters and present at the Humanities Spring Awards & Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship poster presentation in Spring 2019.

    Proposals will be judged on the basis of:

    1. intellectual substance

    2. promise of results

    3. preparation of applicant

    4. feasibility

    Application consists of:

    a) 1-3 page research proposal, describing the research problem to be addressed, what will be done in the project, and what end product (e.g. research paper, senior thesis, project report) is expected. A timetable should be included.

    b) A letter of support from a faculty sponsor addressing items 1. through 4. above. Faculty sponsors should send letters of support directly to thi@ucsc.edu. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the letter of support is submitted by the deadline.

    Apply

    *PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your ucsc.edu Google account to use this application form.

    Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Managing Director, THI; ipolic@ucsc.edu or 831.459.1780.

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Chessa Adsit-Morris, History of Art and Visual Culture


SSRC-DPD Fellow

2018-19

Project: “Evolutionary Thought: Transdisciplinary Practices and Collective Living”

Level: Current

Level: Graduate

Cole Akers, Literature


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2003-04

Project: “Contemporary Classical Studies”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Mary-Kay Gamel, Professor of Literature

Niki Akhavan, History of Consciousness


Dissertation Fellow

2005-06

Project: “The Iranian Internet: Interventions in New Media and Old Politics”

Level: Graduate

Jasmin Aleman, Philosophy


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2015-16

Project: “Waging War: The Ethics of Following Orders”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Daniel Guevara, Philosophy

Christian Alvarado, History of Consciousness


Summer Research Fellow

2018-19

Project: “Development and Ideology in the History of the Kenyan Education System”

Level: Current

Level: Graduate

Pranav Anand, Linguistics


Faculty Fellow

2007-08

Project: “Dream Reports and /De Se/ Expressions: An Experimental Investigation”

Level: Faculty

Scott AnderBois, Linguistics


Year-Long Dissertation Fellow

2010-11

Project: “Composing alternatives, proposing issues: a view from Yucatec Maya”

Level: Graduate

Caroline Andrews, Linguistics


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2010-11

Project: “The Language of Experiments”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Pranav Anand, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Sondra Archimedes, Literature


Dissertation Fellow

2003-04

Project: “Gendered Pathologies: Women, Sexuality, and Disease in Nineteenth-Century British Literature”

Level: Graduate

William S. Arighi, American Literature


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2003-04

Project: “TRASHTHETIC: “Camp” and the Politics of Representation of a Sub-Culture of the United States”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Professor of Literature

Anjali Arondekar, Feminist Studies


Faculty Fellow

2004-05

Project: “Perverse Subjects: Sexuality, Governance and the Colonial Archive”

Level: Faculty

Aaron Aruck, History


SSRC-DPD Fellow

2017-18

Project: “Policing Sexuality and Migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Bi-national Efforts to Control Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and Homosexuality Across International Space, 1920-1965 ”

Level: Graduate

Aaron Aruck, History


Public Fellow

2018-19

Project: “Badge List”

Level: Current

Level: Graduate

Noriko Aso, History


IHR Fellow

2012-13

Project: “Mitsukoshi at War”

Level: Faculty

Neda Atanasoski, Feminist Studies


IHR Fellow

2011-12

Project: “Afterimages of Empire: Adapting Race and Freedom in U.S. Cold War Culture, 1950-2000”

Level: Faculty

Allison Athens, Literature


Research and Travel Grant

2010-11

Level: Graduate

Alexander Attanasio, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2015-16

Project: “Who Were They and Why Did They Fight? A Study of Catholic Irishmen Who Volunteered for the British Army in WWI”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Bruce Thompson, History

Ai Baba, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2010-11

Project: “Post-War Japanese History Textbooks and the American Occupation of Japan”

Level: Undergraduate

Details: Schorr Scholar

Mentor: Minghui Hu, Assistant Professor of History

Taylor R. Backman, Literature


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2013-14

Project: “A Global Genealogy to Wallace's Infinite Jest”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Professor of Literature

Brian Ballard, Philosophy


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2007-08

Project: “Materialsim and Epistemic Self-Defeat”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Ric Otte

RachelAnn Baltazar, Intensive Psychology


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2015-16

Project: “Human Trafficking Narrative: Understanding the creation of a salient human trafficking concept and the effects on the individual experience”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, Feminist Studies

Victoria Banales, Literature


Dissertation Fellow

2002-03

Project: “Twentieth Century Latin American and Latin Women's Literature and the Paradox of Dictatorship and Democracy”

Level: Graduate

Elyse Banks, History


Summer Research Fellow

2011-12

Level: Graduate

Jessica Barbata, History


Research and Travel Grant

2011-12

Level: Graduate

Jessica Barbata Jackson, History


Summer Research Fellow

2014-15

Project: “Racial Transients in an In-Between State: Reinterpreting Anti-Italian Violence in 1890s Louisiana”

Level: Graduate

James Barton, Sociology/Philosophy


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2007-08

Project: “Wrongful Acquittals: Miscarriage of Justice in Potentially Capital, Lynching Cases”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Hiroshi Fukurai

Karen Bassi, Literature


Faculty Fellow

2002-03

Project: “Places of the Past: Home and Identity in Ancient Greece”

Level: Faculty

Sarabeth Bavin, American Studies


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2007-08

Project: “Assessment of Child Abuse Prevention Practices in Santa Cruz County”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Yvette Huginnie

Jessica Beard, Literature


Summer Research Fellow

2011-12

Level: Graduate

Jonathan Beecher, History


Faculty Fellow

2005-06

Project: “The Making and Unmaking of a Christian Communist”

Level: Faculty

Dorian Bell, Literature


UC Society Fellow

2011-12

Project: “Frontiers of Hate: Anti-Semitism and Empire in Nineteenth-Century France”

Level: Faculty

Jennifer Bellik, Linguistics


Summer Dissertation Fellow

2017-18

Project: “Vowel Intrusion in Turkish Word-Initial Clusters”

Level: Graduate

Joanna Beltrán Girón, Intensive Psychology


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2015-16

Project: “Intimate "Illegalities": (Re)Framing El Salvador's Vicious Cycle of Violence”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Adrian Felix, Latin American and Latino Studies

Ryan Bennett, Linguistics


Summer Research Fellow

2011-12

Level: Graduate

Rhiannon Benson, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2010-11

Project: “African American Education”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Catherine Jones, Assistant Professor of History

Jessie Berg, Art/Women's Studies


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2001-02

Project: “Retelling”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Sheila Crane,Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture

Bonnie Bernard, Anthropology/Genocide Studies


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2003-04

Project: “Documentation of Lithic Outcrops”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Christophe Delage

Nitza Bernard, Jewish Women's Studies


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2009-10

Project: “Women Rabbis in America”

Level: Undergraduate

Details: Bertha N. Melkonian Prize Winner

Mentor: Bruce Thompson, Lecturer in History

Rachael Berry, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2009-10

Project: “Publicity and Media in the Gaza War”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Bruce Thompson, Lecturer in History

Hunter Bivens, History of Consciousness


IHR Fellow

2010-11

Project: “Exilic Topographies”

Level: Faculty

Isaac Blacksin, History of Consciousness


Summer Research Fellow

2014-15

Project: “Conflict Journalism and the Knowledge-Productions of War”

Level: Graduate

Stefano Bloch, Literature


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2000-01

Project: “Civic Spots”

Level: Undergraduate

Details: Bertha N. Melkonian Prize Recipient

Mentor: Christopher Connery, Professor of Literature

Rachel Bodin, Language Studies


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2012-13

Project: “The Use of Conditionals in Online Forums”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Pranav Anand, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Matthew James Borkenhagen, Linguistics/Literature


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2003-04

Project: “Bringing Modern Linguistics to the High School Classroom”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Sandy Chung, Professor of Linguistics

Thea Bosselmann, History of Art and Visual Culture/Studio Art


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2005-06

Project: “The Maya, The Tourist and the Ecologist: Issues of Sustainability in Belize and Guatemala”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Elisabeth Cameron, Associate Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture

John Bowin, Philosophy


Faculty Fellow

2006-07

Project: “The Philosophical Uses of the Concept Potentiality in Aristotle and his Commentators”

Level: Faculty

Jessica Branch, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2007-08

Project: “The Role of the Media in the Conflict in Northern Ireland”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Bruce Thompson

Dennis Brand, Literature


Research and Travel Grant

2009-10

Level: Graduate

Adrian Brasoveanu, Linguistics


IHR Fellow

2010-11

Project: “Decomposing Natural Language Quantification”

Level: Faculty

Benjamin Breen, History


Faculty Fellow

2018-19

Project: “The Early Modern Drug Database: A Pilot Project”

Level: Current

Details: Digital Research Faculty Fellowship for 2018-19

Joshua Brett, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2010-11

Project: “Building the Heavenly State: The Taiping Construction of Moral, Social, and Political Order”

Level: Undergraduate

Details: Bertha N. Melkonian Prize Winner

Mentor: Gail Hershatter, Professor of History

Christopher Brooks, History


Research and Travel Grant

2009-10

Level: Graduate

Margaret Brose, Literature


Faculty Fellow

2004-05

Project: “The Body of Italy: Allegories of the Female Figure in Italian Lyric Poetry”

Level: Faculty

Jordan C. Brown, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2014-15

Project: “Rumored Fair Housing Act and California Proposition 14”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: David Brundage, Professor of History

Nathan Brown, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2010-11

Project: “By the Rivers of Babylon”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Gildas Hamel, Lecturer in History

Melissa Brzycki, History


Summer Research Fellow

2014-15

Project: “Inventing the Socialist Child, 1949–1976”

Level: Graduate

Melissa Brzycki, History


Summer Research Fellow

2015-16

Project: “Inventing the Socialist Child in China, 1945-1976”

Level: Graduate

Melissa Brzycki, History


Year-Long Dissertation Fellow

2017-18

Project: “Inventing the Socialist Child in China, 1949-1966 (Funding provided by the Division of Graduate Studies)”

Level: Graduate

Dhyana Buckley, Linguistics


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2016-17

Project: “Real World Entailments: A Semantic Approach to Improving Machine Learning”

Level: Undergraduate

Ryan Bush, Linguistics


Dissertation Fellow

1999-00

Project: “Exhaustivity without Identificational Focus”

Level: Graduate

Maria Elena Caballero-Robb, Literature


Dissertation Fellow

2002-03

Project: “Poetry and the Public Sphere: Politics, Participation, and Uncommon Speech”

Level: Graduate

Jessica Calvanico, Feminist Studies


Summer Research Fellow

2017-18

Project: “The Girl Problem and the Origins of Juvenile Justice in Progressive Era New Orleans”

Level: Graduate

Luz Calvo, History of Consciousness


Dissertation Fellow

2000-01

Project: “Border Fantasies: Sexual Anxieties and Political Passions in the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands”

Level: Graduate

Corey Capers, History of Consciousness


Dissertation Fellow

2003-04

Project: “On the Streets and in the Vernacular: Race, Satire, and the Rhetoric of Difference in Early Republican Popular Politics”

Level: Graduate

Fiona Carlone, Women's Studies


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2003-04

Project: “Eklectic Realism: Subtle? Subversions -Installations in Creative Destruction-”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Gina Dent, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies

Brian Catlos, History


Faculty Fellow

2005-06

Project: “Conflicts of Interest: Minority Administrative Elites in 14th-Century Aragon”

Level: Faculty

Shelly Chan, History


Dissertation Fellow

2007-08

Project: “Tales of Migration: Huaqiao ("the Overseas Chinese") and China since the late 1800s”

Level: Graduate

Shu Chang, History


SSRC-DPD Fellow

2018-19

Project: “Constructing Communism: The Life and Death of a Chinese Factory, 1952-1999”

Level: Current

Level: Graduate

Camille A. Charette, Philosophy


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2014-15

Project: “Humanitarian Intervention, a Feminist Perspective”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Neda Atanasoski, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies

Christopher Chen, Literature


2016-17

Project: “A House of Broken Things: Race, Commodity Form, and Post-Nationalist Identities in Contemporary US Experimental Poetry”

Level: Faculty

Yu Tung Holly Chen, Literature


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2017-18

Project: “Don Quixote in China”

Level: Current

Level: Undergraduate

Details: Bertha N. Melkonian Prize Recipient

Amanda L. Cheung, Language Studies


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2014-15

Project: “Missionaries and the Issue of Footbinding in Modern China”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Emily Honig, Professor of History

Angelina Chin, History


Dissertation Fellow

2005-06

Project: “Women's Labor, Sexuality and Migration in Early 20th Century South China”

Level: Graduate

Christopher Chitty, History of Consciousness


Summer Research Fellow

2013-14

Project: “After Homosexuality: Cities, War and Capitalism”

Level: Graduate

Jon Cho-Polizzi, European History/German Literature


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2007-08

Project: “A Post-Colonial Reading of German Epic”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Loisa Nygaard/Cynthia Polecritti

Jonathan Aaron Cho-Polizzi, European History/English Language Literature (German Focus)


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2006-07

Project: “On Pagan Elements in Germanic Folklore, and the Enduring M'rchen Tradition”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Loisa Nygaard, Associate Professor of Literature

Todd Chretien, History


Research and Travel Grant

2010-11

Level: Graduate

Alan Christy, History


Faculty Fellow

2009-10

Project: “The Afterlives of War Monuments in Late Twentieth Century Japan”

Level: Faculty

Louis Chude-Sokei, Literature


Faculty Fellow

2007-08

Project: “The Sound of Culture: Caribbean Music and Black Technopoetics”

Level: Faculty

Sandra Chung, Linguistics


Faculty Fellow

2007-08

Project: “Reference Grammar of Chamorro”

Level: Faculty

Mark Cioc, History


Faculty Fellow

2002-03

Project: “Environmental Diplomacy: Ecological Interdependence and Twentieth Century Statecraft”

Level: Faculty

Lisa J. Clark, Philosophy


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2013-14

Project: “Knowing When Im Right”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Jonathan Ellis, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Scarlett Clothier-Goldschmidt, Linguistics


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2012-13

Project: “Person-Animacy Constraints in Chamorro”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Matthew Wagers, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Wayne Spencer Coffey, History of Consciousness


Summer Dissertation Fellow

2018-19

Project: “Reproducing the Crisis: Blackness, Violence and Visual Culture in the Postwar American City”

Jonah K. Cohen, Politics


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2000-01

Project: “Anti-discrimination law and its protection of racial groups in the United States and Brazil, a Legal Analysis”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Robert Meister, Professor of Social Sciences and Political Thought

Lindsey Collins, History of Consciousness


Dissertation Fellow

2008-09

Project: “Trial by Mountain: Suffering and Healing in Difficult Landscapes”

Level: Graduate

Christopher Connery, Literature


Faculty Fellow

2001-02

Project: “The Last Ocean: Water, the Oceanic, and the Pacific in the Capitalist Geo-imaginary”

Level: Faculty

Nickolas Conrad, History


Summer Dissertation Fellow

2014-15

Project: “Leaving the Church: studies in the dissolution of religious belief in France, 1870-1940”

Level: Graduate

Details: Funded by the Graduate Division

Vilashini Cooppan, Literature


Faculty Fellow

2006-07

Project: “Global Literature: the Racial Imaginary and the Literary World-System, 1688-2000”

Level: Faculty

Samuel Corbin, Linguistics


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2010-11

Project: “Syntactic Priming in Comprehension”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Matthew Wagers, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Talia Coutin,


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2007-08

Project: “Women and the Zionist Utopia: Representations of Women in Zionist Poster Art, 1930-1960”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Bruce Thompson

Julie Cox, Literature


Dissertation Fellow

2005-06

Project: “Contact Literatures in North America: Colonial French and English Influences on American Literature from the Sixteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century”

Level: Graduate

Danielle Crawford, Literature


Public Fellow

2017-18

Project: “Planning and Conservation League”

Level: Graduate

Danielle Crawford, Literature


Summer Dissertation Fellow

2018-19

Project: “Storms, Bombs, and Ecologies of Destruction: The Intimacies of Weather Disasters and U.S. Militarization in the Pacific”

Level: Current

Level: Graduate

Jacob Cribbs, Literature/Creative Writing


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2008-09

Project: “The Atomists Tallow”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Gary Young, Lecturer in Literature

Troy Crowder, History


Summer Research Fellow

2011-12

Level: Graduate

Catherine Damon, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2010-11

Project: “Understanding the Ancient Egyptians Origin of Time with the Help of Modern Physics”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Gildas Hamel, Lecturer in History

Derek Davis, History


Undergraduate Research Fellow

2009-10

Project: “Decisions in the Haitian Revolution”

Level: Undergraduate

Mentor: Gregory OMalley, Assistant Professor in History

Alexander Day, History


Dissertation Fellow

2004-05

Project: “The Rural in Twentieth-Century Chinese Radical Discourse”

Level: Graduate