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.


UC Berkeley students and faculty at all levels.

Grant Provision

Awards range from $200-500 for lectures and up to $2000 for large conferences, events, or visits.

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(Please designate one person as the primary contact)

Dept. Administering Funds Manager or Financial Officer
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Please provide a complete budget and indicate what other sources of funding will be secured for your event.

Applications submitted without a complete budget and list of cosponsers will not be reviewed.

Include, as appropriate: presenter honoraria and travel/lodging expenses, venue rentals, catering, materials, publicity costs, etc. We appreciate thoughtful budgets that use these funds efficiently. 

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

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DEPT ID and CF2 to be completed by Administrative Department Financial Manager or MSO (Applicants are asked to request this information 2-3 days before the application deadline)