Deadlines: November 1 and April 15 annually
The Carsey-Wolf Center invites proposals from one or more UCSB faculty members for support for research projects that engage with one or more of the following research initiatives:
- Global Media
- Information Media
- Media and Democracy
- Media and the Environment
- Media Industries
Up to $5000 in support may be requested. Possible proposals may include:
- Funding for conferences, symposia and workshops
- New teaching initiatives
- Summer graduate student research assistance for faculty projects
- Seed funding for new research initiatives, either individual or collaborative
- Proposals for hybrid events that involve a public screening at the Pollock Theater and a research-focused session with one or more visiting scholars
Funding priority will be given to projects that will result in a publication or other deliverable outcome. Applications will be adjudicated by the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Research Advisory Board, which has a rotating membership drawn from the UCSB faculty. Successful proposals will receive administrative and publicity support from the Carsey-Wolf Center.
Please note that this award does not fund faculty release time. Graduate students at UCSB are encouraged to apply as part of a team with faculty members, but a graduate student cannot apply as a single PI.
Proposals for Pollock Theater events follow a different evaluation process. Please visit this page for instructions for proposing a Pollock Theater event.
- A cover sheet (download form)
- A project description (5 pages, double-spaced, see instructions below)
- A preliminary budget, including any committed or planned requests for cosponsorship by campus units, UC-wide funding opportunities or extramural grants
- A brief CV of the principal investigator(s)
Project Description Guidelines
The project description should:
- State the objectives and methodology of the project
- Discuss the project’s significance and potential future impact with respect to current media studies scholarship or to the cognate concerns of media studies
- For collaborative proposals, state the particular expertise and potential contribution of each participant
- Include a timetable and work plan, specifying project activities in the proposed award period; for seed grants, outline plans for future funding for the endeavor
- If your project involves human subjects, please visit the Office of Research’s Human Subjects page for information about proper review procedures; indicate in your application your timeline for following these procedures
- Define the project’s target audience(s) and the form(s) in which the research will eventually be disseminated (e.g. book, article, art exhibit, performance etc.); priority will be given to projects that will result in a publication or other outcome
There are two rounds of competition each year; deadlines are November 1 and April 15. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the first business day following the deadline.
Please send all required application materials as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation email within one business day. For further information, contact Carsey-Wolf Center Associate Director Emily Zinn at email@example.com.
CWC Faculty Research Support Grant recipients
Kai Thaler, Global Studies, ``History, Identity, and Protest: Activist and Media Narratives about Black Lives Matter and Parallels to the Civil Rights Movement``
Daniel Lane, Communication, ``Building Civic Laboratories: Tools for Studying Youth Political Expression on Social Media``
Jessica Nakamura, Theater and Dance; Katherine Saltzman-Li, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies: ``Realisms in East Asian Performing Arts``
Leah Stokes, Political Science & Chris Funk, Geography: “Increasing Media Reporting on Climate Change: Making Extreme Event Attribution Science Accessible to Journalists”
ann-elise lewallen, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies: “Mobilizing Maps: Khasi Indigenous Story Mapping and Spatial Erasure in Northeast India”
Christina Vagt & Wolf Kittler, Germanic and Slavic Studies: “Modeling the Pacific: Oceanic Research in Science, Technology, and the Humanities”