Working Groups

The Townsend Center Working Groups program sponsors research in the humanities and the humanities-related social sciences. The Townsend Center funds nearly 60 groups per year ranging across a wide spectrum of subjects and disciplines. The aim of these working groups is to bring together faculty and graduate students at Berkeley in an effort to create scholarly dialogue and to foster the free exchange of ideas on shared research interests.

Groups that have been in existence for 10 or more continuous years are invited to apply for a multi-year award (three years).

Eligibility

For new and renewal award applicants: The primary coordinator of each working group must be affiliated with at least one UC Berkeley department, which will serve as the “home” department and will administer the funds awarded by the Townsend Center.

For three-year award applicants: Working Groups that have been in existence for more than 10 continuous years are invited to apply for a multi-year award (three years). The primary coordinator of each group must be affiliated with at least one UC Berkeley department, which will serve as the “home” department and will administer the funds awarded by the Townsend Center.

Grant Provision

Working group awards range from $250-$750 for the academic year.

New and renewal working groups have one full year to use the award funds. Should the working group reapply for funding, please note: unspent balances will be subtracted from the following year’s award.

Working groups awarded a multi-year award have three years to use the funds. Should the working group reapply for funding at the end of the three-year period, unspent balances will be subtracted from the following the multi-year award.

As part of the reapplication process, the Center requires an annual report detailing the group's activities of the previous year.

Deadline
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5:00 pm