There are multiple ways for faculty and departments to apply for funding at UC Santa Barbara. In addition to the resources below (administered by the college), we encourage you to visit the UC Santa Barbara Office of Research for comprehensive, searchable information on funding opportunities for faculty.
Academic Senate faculty members are invited to submit applications for support for academic conferences held in Santa Barbara.
The College of Letters & Science and the Divisional Deans have a limited amount of funding available, so organizers should begin by requesting support from their department or program. All requests to the college will be reviewed by the deans.
Due to limited funds, most awards are in the $2,000 range, and funding is generally not provided to organizers who have received conference funding in the past fiscal year.
Deadlines for submitting requests are as follows:
- NOVEMBER 1 for conferences scheduled between March 1, 2023 and May 31, 2023
- FEBRUARY 1 for conferences scheduled between June 1, 2023 and August 30, 2023
- MAY 1 for conferences scheduled between September 1, 2023 and February 28, 2024
Retroactive requests will no longer be funded.
To request funding, please use this form. When you click the link, you will be prompted to log in to your UCSB Connect account. (Reminder: to log into your Connect account, use your UCSB netID.)
If support is awarded, a final report on income and expenditures is required following the conference. Conference deficits will not be covered, and unspent college funds must be returned.
Some examples of conferences that L&S has supported:
- Criminalizing Immigrant Families: Race, Gender, and Family Separations at the U.S.- Mexico Border
- California Actuarial Student Summit
- Future Tripping Symposium
- The Fabricant: Symposium on the Figure of the Translator
- Medieval Bestsellers vs.Masterpieces: What We Read Now & What They Read Then
- Symposium on We Speak, We Learn: Native/Indigenous Peoples Educating the 21st Century
- Invisible Empire: Spirits and Animism in Contemporary Japan
- After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions
The College of Letters & Science sponsors the distinguished endowed Critical Issues in America series. Running continuously since 1995, the series examines topics of contemporary national concern or significance from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Critical Issues proposals for the next grant are due April 8, 2022.
Considering applying for a Critical Issues grant? Want to learn more about the requirements for a successful proposal? Download the proposal process.
- Activities and programming should address a topic of contemporary national concern or significance
- Preference is given to proposals that encourage broad interdisciplinary participation
- Proposals often include multiple PIs or a faculty advisory group, but should include at least one Senate faculty member
Since 2001, the Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate Series, established by the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, has explored contemporary societal issues of national and international significance via presentations by eminent figures who hold divergent viewpoints. The college, which co-sponsors the series, invites you to submit ideas for debate topics through the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.
UCSB faculty seeking Fulbright opportunities abroad
The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to teach, study, and conduct research. UC Santa Barbara faculty members interested in applying should consult with their department chair.
Non-U.S. faculty seeking to visit UCSB via the Fulbright Program
If a UC Santa Barbara academic department wishes to host an international Fulbright scholar at the faculty level, it is necessary to obtain institutional endorsement from the campus Fulbright Administrative Official, the Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science. Departments alone may not authorize campus acceptance of a Fulbright scholar.
Please review these FAQs when considering hosting a Fulbright Scholar.
Note: The college only administers Fulbright awards for faculty. Graduate students or department hoping to host graduate students should contact the Graduate Division. Undergraduate students should contact the EAP office.
Special Opportunity for Scholars from Canadian Universities
Under the UCSB-Canada Fulbright Research Chair program, each year one Canadian scholar is invited to UC Santa Barbara. In addition to conducting research, the scholar teaches a graduate or undergraduate course for one quarter.
Created by a bequest from Professor Constantine Panunzio of UC Los Angeles, the Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award honors outstanding scholarly work or educational service performed since retirement by a University of California emeritus or emerita in the humanities or social sciences.
- A call for nominations is made each fall quarter
- Nominations should be made directly to the UCSB Emeriti Association
- Nominations may be made by departmental chairs, the alumni associations, or by self-nomination
- Include: the nominee's curriculum vitae and a letter outlining the rationale for the nomination (including distinctive contribution in scholarship or other educational service made by the nominee since retirement)