Graduate Student Grants Program

The Center for Race and Gender (CRG) at the University of California Berkeley, announces the availability of grants of $100 to $2,000 to fund graduate students for research or creative projects that address issues of race and gender.  Most grants awarded are less than $1500.  Topics should be consonant with CRG’s mandate to support critical student research on race, gender, and their intersections in a wide variety of social, cultural, and institutional contexts, especially on the Berkeley campus and its neighboring communities, but also in California, the nation, or the world.  Proposals that address both race and gender will be prioritized, and proposals that do not address race at all will be de-prioritized. Projects may be oriented toward academic research or may approach race and gender issues from the perspectives of the media, fine arts, and performing arts.   For a list of recent grant recipients and their projects, go here.

ELIGIBILITY: Applications can be submitted by any student enrolled in a graduate program at UC. Berkeley. Proposals that support dissertation or thesis research are strongly encouraged.

GUIDELINES: Grants are intended to fund students' own independent research, rather than contributory research for a broader faculty project.  We encourage students to include a specific research question that they hope to answer in their proposals.  For creative projects, we ask students to include a thesis statement for their project and a critical race and/or gender analysis for why the project is important.  Strong proposals will include a critical race and/or gender analysis; it is not enough for your research project to engage subjects who are non-white to satisfy this requirement.  We recommend sending a draft of your proposal to your faculty mentor with enough time to incorporate their feedback.

GRANT PERIOD AND USE OF FUNDS: Grants will be awarded for periods of up to six months from the start date.  Funds may be used for direct costs related to the proposed project, such as travel to archival or ethnographic research sites; supplies and services; equipment rental; or token payments for research subjects.  Funds may not be used for equipment purchase, personal stipend, living expenses, conference attendance, educational travel, or transcription services (unless needed for disability access).  Grant payments will be in the form of reimbursements for expenses.

GRANTEE REPORTING: Grant recipients will be responsible for submitting a brief midterm report of their progress along with the faculty mentor’s evaluation of the project’s progress to date.  Grant recipients are required to submit a final report within two weeks of the end of the grant period containing:

  1. an itemized expense report
  2. a statement of what was accomplished
  3. the faculty mentor’s evaluation of the project. 

Grant recipients may be asked to present their projects at a CRG Forum and their project description may appear in CRG’s newsletter, FaultLines, and CRG’s website.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please e-mail the following information as a PDF or Word document to rng2@berkeley.edu by the application deadline!

Student Applicant:

  • Student Information and Agreement form (form can be downloaded below)
  • 100 - 200 word abstract
  • 3 page project description – in the project description, please make a case for why the funds are needed for your project
  • Timeline for project completion
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Curriculum vitae
  • If working with human subjects, please provide Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects approval or exemption letter.  If CPHS has not sent notification by date of application, indicate date of submission and pending status.   Grant funds will be released only after approval or exemption letter is submitted.

Faculty Mentor

  • Faculty Mentor Information and Agreement form (form can be downloaded below)
  • Faculty mentor support letter

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 3, 2014, by 3:00 p.m.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Awards will be announced within three weeks of the deadline.

DOWNLOAD Fall 2014 Graduate Student Grant Form
DOWNLOAD Fall 2014 Faculty Mentor Form

INQUIRIES: Direct inquires to rng2@berkeley.edu.