Student Grants



The UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative is seeking proposals from UCLA graduate students for research projects for its 2016 cycle of student research grants. The 2016 cycle of grants is now open. The deadline for proposals is June 10, 2016.



Click here to download the call for proposals.

Click here to download the application form.



Project Guidelines


Proposed projects should:

  • Link urbanism and the humanities;
  • Employ both historical/critical and projective/speculative modes of inquiry;
  • Involve an interdisciplinary team or approach.

Preference will be given to projects which involved collaborations between two or more individuals (collaborators need not be students—they can, for example, be community partners), and to projects which focus on urban issues in and between Los Angeles and Mexico City.



Five to nine research awards will be granted, generally in amounts no more than $1000. The selection committee may award fewer funds than requested in the budget proposal (see Application Instructions for more information). Grants may support a variety of travel and research-related costs including, but not limited to:

  • Conference travel (to present a paper)
  • Travel for field work
  • Supplies and materials (subject to review from selection committee)
  • Data acquisition
  • Other costs which further research efforts


Funds will be awarded on a stipend system, which in rare instances may affect financial aid. Disbursements will be made in one lump sum at the beginning of the summer term.


Application Instructions

Funded projects must acknowledge the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in all programs, public information materials, and publications resulting from the grant. Upon completion of the project, awardees must submit an electronic copy of a publishable quality deliverable to the Urban Humanities Initiative for website display and archival purposes. Where electronic documentation is inconsistent with the nature of the project, the awardee must collaborate with the UHI staff to determine an appropriate deliverable documenting the work. Funded research activities should conclude within a year of award notification.


Application Instructions

To submit a proposal, please fill out the Student Research Proposal form available on the Urban Humanities website and write a project proposal of no more than 3 pages. These documents, along with a current CV, should be compiled into a single PDF and submitted via email to Proposals should include:

  • Research question and/or policy/practice issue and its importance;
  • Goals and objectives;
  • Identification of urban humanities ties;
  • Clear presentation of the research project design and methods;
  • Clearly identified deliverables such as a conference paper, journal article, website, film, etc. (NOTE: Complete dissertations should not be submitted as deliverables);
  • Realistic schedule/timeline for completion;
  • A simple budget detailing requested funding needs;
  • Other sources of support and/or funding;
  • Faculty supervisor and name of course (if applicable).


The deadline for proposals is June 10, 2016. Proposals submitted after that date will not be considered. Proposals will be reviewed by the Urban Humanities Initiative’s core faculty. Please direct questions to