Conference & Lecture Grants

The Townsend Center provides small grants for partial funding of public conferences, lectures, and symposia taking place at UC Berkeley.

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

Events that are closed to the public, require an admission fee, take place outside the UC Berkeley campus, or occur before the deadline for application will not be considered for funding.

Ongoing/recurring events 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.

Please note that Townsend Center support is limited to the transfer of the awarded funds and does not include any additional event services — such as logistical, personal, or technical support for your event — even when the event takes place in the Geballe Room.



UC Berkeley students and faculty at all levels.

Grant Provision

Awards range from $200-500 for lectures to $2000 for large conferences.

Please submit your application online using this link:


Conference & Lecture Grants