Conference & Lecture Grants

The Townsend Center provides small grants for partial funding of public conferences, lectures, and symposia taking place at UC Berkeley. Events that are closed to the public, require an admission fee, take place off of the UC Berkeley campus, or occur before the deadline for application will not be considered for funding. Ongoing/recurring activities and named lecture series are not funded by this program. The Center will fund meetings of professional organizations that take place in Berkeley on a one-time basis only.

In considering applications, priority will be given to proposals that directly involve Berkeley faculty and graduate students in the humanities. Proposals from all fields are welcome. In making awards, the Center will also take into account the desire to achieve an equitable distribution of awards among campus units.


UC Berkeley students and faculty at all levels.

Grant Provision

Average awards for lectures range from $200-$500, and up to $2,000 for large conferences.

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Monday, May 1, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Application Materials