The Townsend Center Working Groups program supports research in the humanities and the humanities-related social sciences. The Townsend Center funds approximately 70 groups per year ranging across a rich array 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.
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 3-year award applicants: Working Groups that have been sponsored by the Townsend Center for more than 10 continuous years are invited to apply for funding for 3 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.
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. Renewal groups should please note that unspent balances from the current year will be subtracted from the following year’s award.
Working groups granted a 3-year award have 3 years to use the funds. Should the working group reapply for funding at the end of the 3-year period, unspent balances will be subtracted from the following the 3-year award.
Please submit your application online using this link: