Faculty Programs

NEW (May 2023): funding assistance for book publication subvention

The Vice Chancellor for Research is pleased to announce a pilot program offering support to faculty who require funding assistance for book publication subvention. We are fortunate in that entrepreneurial activities on campus have provided a source of funding for a subvention program. This funding, capped at a total of $50k, will support the work for faculty whose merit, tenure, and promotion depends on the publication of books, irrespective of departmental affiliation. The Vice Chancellor for Research will award a maximum of $3,000 per application. Applications will be accepted starting May 26, 2023 on a rolling basis and funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, ending on June 30, 2024. If you have questions, please contact vcr@berkeley.edu. Form here

President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities

President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities are intended to increase the support for research available to individual faculty members in the humanities by providing a new source of funds and, where appropriate, augmenting funds from extramural agencies and campus grants.

The Humanities Research Fellowship 

The Humanities Research Fellowship (HRF) supports faculty research in the humanities with a particular focus on individuals at critical career stages (i.e., promotion to associate professor with tenure or full professor). The fellowships are designed to allow faculty members in the arts, humanities, and humanistic
social sciences, regardless of their departmental home, to accelerate the time to sabbatical at full pay. Application forms are available each fall for the following Academic Year.

The Mellon Project Grant Program

The Mellon Project Grants (MPG) are designed to support Full Professors in the Arts & Humanities undertaking significant research projects, particularly those that involve collaboration, travel, publication, exhibition, or performance, equipment purchases, public humanities projects, or hosting conferences or symposia. Application forms are available each fall for the following Academic Year.

The Compass Course Awards 

As the flagship courses of the Division, Compass Courses offer new undergraduate students the opportunity to learn from a team of three faculty members in a dynamic format that explores a shared theme or topic using the various methods and materials of their respective disciplines. Compass Course awards support instructors who teach a Compass Course with generous research funds, course enrichment funds, and GSI support. 

The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

Since its establishment in 1987, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities has encouraged an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship, fostered innovation in research, and promoted intellectual conversation among individuals from the humanities and related academic disciplines.

The center offers numerous fellowships and grants that support all levels of the university community. Fellowship opportunities for UC Berkeley faculty include the Townsend Fellowship for Assistant Professors, Associate Professor Fellowships, and the Course Threads program for undergraduates. Please visit the Townsend Center website for more information on the various grant and fellowship programs.

UCB-LMU Partnership

In 2007, the University of California, Berkeley and LMU Munich established a joint program to pursue innovative, collaborative research in the Humanities. The program facilitates academic exchange of faculty members, graduate students and postdocs in the areas of the Humanities. Opportunities include Visiting Professorships to LMU Munich, financial support for conferences and workshops in Berkeley conducted jointly by researchers from LMU and UCB, as well as funding for “Mini Workshops” (small-scale, bilateral research workshops) conducted by researchers from LMU and UC Berkeley.