The President's Faculty Research Fellowships in the Humanities were begun in 1986 as part of UC President David Gardner's Humanities Initiative. Now a core program of the UC Humanities Network, these competitively selected fellowships support the most compelling research projects of faculty and graduate humanities scholars across the UC system.
The UC President’s Society of Fellows, administered by UCHRI and the campus humanities centers, enables the University of California to support excellence among its humanities researchers while encouraging them to exercise leadership in the humanities both within the University and in the public sphere.
Campus humanities centers play a crucial role in helping to connect dissertation fellows to each other, to multicampus research groups, and to other center activities, as well as offering mentoring and professional development programs to help these outstanding students realize their full potential as doctoral researchers.
At the annual meeting held at a different UC campus each year, Fellows report on the research undertaken during their fellowship year and participate in a public forum around key issues and trends in humanities research and the impact of this work for the University and beyond.
In the year following their fellowships, faculty and graduate fellows will also share their work through short essays posted on the Network’s online forum, http://uchumanitiesforum.org.
Each faculty fellow is also expected to serve on a fellowship selection committee once during the five years following his/her fellowship year, as needed.