UC Graduate Student Grants #2


Call #2: For University of California Grant period: July 2020 through September 30, 2021 (close of grant) – extended

Application deadline extended to Monday, June 15, 2020, 5 PM (PDT)

Open to any UC graduate student whose work is relevant to the development of Critical Mission Studies.

The UC Critical Mission Studies projects invites proposals from UC graduate students engaged in work related to the California missions, California Indian histories and survivance, and Mexican/Mexican-American Studies. New projects in their initial stages during the grant year are preferred, although a new phase of an ongoing or long-term project will be considered. We also welcome applications from students in Public History, Museum Studies, or Art History who may be interested in a possible community internship placement with the project. Eight quarters total are available, including tuition, fees, and stipend. Proposals may request up to 2 quarters of support.

Eligible Recipients:

All UC graduate students are eligible to apply.  Priority will be given to applicants from UCLA, UCR, UCSC, and UCSD. While most funds will be awarded to projects focused on the CA Indian experience, some funds will be allocated to projects investigating other populations or histories.

Application Materials and Process:

The application consists of two pages: a one-page narrative describing the research project, its importance, and the deliverable(s) to be produced during the funding period; and a second page with a budget and timeline. The applicant should forward a current CV to be included as part of the application,  and arrange for a letter of reference from faculty advisor or dissertation committee chair.

Other Requirements:

Proposals will incorporate the Critical Mission Studies research protocol  located in the tab (menu) above. Please see  the posted list of subject areas for research of interest to California Indian tribal nations.  Recipients of Critical Mission Studies funding will participate in one or more dissemination activities to raise public and community awareness, a major goal of CMS. Potential dissemination activities include public conferences, workshops, as well as publications. Meaningful collaboration between the UC and California Indian research partners, institutions, or organizations is encouraged. Proposals focused on the experiences of CA Indians require substantial partnership with CA Indian people, institutions, or organizations.

All grant recipients will be required to submit a final report on their project.

Evaluation Criteria:

Does the applicant possess the qualifications to complete the proposed project?

If the project is focused on the experiences of California Indians, does the study involve multiple missions, tribal collaboration, or other type of collaboration?

For projects focused on topics related to the California Indian experience, a letter of support from tribal government would strengthen the application.

Does the project make contributions to the history of the missions, to understanding of the missions today, or to the contemporary/ongoing impacts of the mission system?

Are the timeline and budget realistic?



Please address questions to Charlene Villaseñor Black, CriticalMissionStudies@chicano.ucla.edu or cvblack@humnet.ucla.edu

Funded by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), Critical Mission Studies is a two-year initiative (Jan 2019-June 2021) that seeks a new critical engagement with our state’s history through the lens of the missions, vastly mythologized and profoundly understudied. Through reconsideration of the missions as both physical sites and foci of interpretation, we pursue new research that surfaces both Native and Mexican/Mexican-American voices in the history of California and the US. Reflecting trends in public history over the last decade, our research will foster more complex, multidimensional public engagements with difficult histories. California’s 21 missions are an imperfect, partial, yet essential lens to access California’s various histories and engage in nuanced and frank encounters with the past, particularly with the genocide of California Indians, with UC scholars at the helm, producing data-driven studies.

“Critical Mission Studies at California’s Crossroads,” University of California Multicampus Research Program Initiative (MRPI): https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/mrpi-2019-awards