2020 Margrit Mondavi Graduate Fellowships

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2020 Margrit Mondavi Graduate Fellowships In the College of Letters and Science

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2020 Margrit Mondavi Graduate Fellowships. Made possible through a bequest of Robert and Margrit Mondavi, the awards of $5,000 each are given to graduate students in Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs in Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies. Per the bequest, students in social science departments are not eligible for this award. The award will support travel, research, workshops and other project-related work in the summer of 2020.

Awardees are required to submit a brief report to the Humanities Institute on the outcomes of the summer support. Fellows will also provide a poster for display at the Fall 2020 DHI Open House, where they will discuss their posters/projects and the impact the grant had on their creative work and/or research progress to date.

Proposals may fall into two categories:

Creative Arts: Students in the arts should address how the support will contribute to the genesis or continuation of an original piece of creative work such as a musical composition, theatrical piece, visual art, and the like. More broadly, the proposal should situate the applicant’s work in relation to the applicable field, describe its significance both in terms of his or her own artistic work and that of the wider field, and explain how the work relates to the applicant’s completion of a degree.

Humanities Research: Research applicants may be continuing graduate students in the humanities, arts, and cultural studies, and while students do not have to be ABD, the proposals should reflect a clearly defined research interest and justify the support in terms of future doctoral research. Applicants must also explain the significance of the project in relation to their field.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the merits of the work or project proposed. Applicants should make clear how the funds would be used, including an itemized budget that can include living expenses. [NOTE: Students completing their degree requirements in spring 2020 are ineligible for this award.]

Application Materials:

  1. Project description (max. 500 words): Please include a breakdown of projected expenses, if appropriate. Creative arts students are encouraged to include a link to a website, displaying samples of their work as part of the application.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages).
  3. Email endorsement (from departmental or program’s graduate advisor): A brief email to DHI Associate Director Katharine Wallerstein (kwallerstein@ucdavis.edu) that endorses the student’s project or proposal.


Submit applications online at the following address: https://voorhies.ucdavis.edu/dhi/funding/. All application materials and the email endorsement must be submitted by 5 p.m., on Friday, April 17, 2020. The DHI Faculty Advisory Board will review applications, and notification letters will be sent out at the end of April. Funding will be dispersed in August 2020.

Please direct any questions regarding the application guidelines and process to DHI Associate Director Katharine Wallerstein (kwallerstein@ucdavis.edu).

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