Carsey-Wolf Media Industries Research Fellowships

This program provides funding to partially offset costs incurred from allowable research expenses in the U.S. or abroad. Grants of up to $500 are awarded on a competitive basis, and support media industries research that critically engages with at least one of the following areas: digital distribution, media globalization, and creative labor. 

There are two application cycles, and all applications materials must be received by the deadline prior to the expected expenditures—grants are not awarded retroactively. The CWC’s Media Industries Project staff will award grants based on the strength of proposals and availability of funds. 

Grants are issued as reimbursements for allowable expenses and require original receipts. Recipients will be named Carsey-Wolf Research Fellows on the MIP website where we also will profile their research endeavors.

Please direct all correspondence to Kevin Sanson, MIP Research Director, at ksanson [at] carseywolf [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.


March 1 & September 1


Grants are open to instructors and full-time graduate students who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy. International scholars are welcome to apply but all reimbursements are issued in U.S. currency.

Application Materials

Please submit a 500-word proposal that identifies how your current work conforms to MIP’s research agenda and describe how you might contribute to the MIP website (see below).

Applicants must also include:

  • A 2-page CV
  • A travel budget that clearly outlines the expenses for which you will seek reimbursement
  • A brief description of other sources of funding (both confirmed and applied for)


After the research is completed, recipients will be asked for a one-paragraph summary about how they used their grants. This will be included in the annual report to the CWC’s advisory board. Grant recipients also will generate a piece of original web content based on their fieldwork. Applications should therefore demonstrate a strong familiarity with the MIP website, especially "Things to Know" and "Places to Watch," and present a case for the value that their proposed contribution will make to one of these features. More information is available here.

Allowable Expenses (in the form of reimbursement)

  • Transportation and lodging
  • Equipment
  • Transcription services
  • Research participation incentives
  • Registration fees for industry or trade conferences
  • Usage and access fees associated with archival work

Non-allowable Expenses

  • Salaries or stipends for research assistants
  • Book subventions
  • Honoraria
  • Meals

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