Unhatching Research: Graduate Summer Research Grants

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Call for Proposals: Unhatching Research

Graduate Summer Research Grants


HATCH, the Mellon Research Initiative on Feminist Arts and Sciences, invites proposals for research grants from UC Davis graduate students whose work engages with this year’s theme: Conceptual Territories: Unhatching.  

HATCH has been and will continue to be laboratory, a site of experimentation.  HATCH has been a literal lab--a science shop--and also a space to breach what might be called conceptual territories--not only the sites and objects of study confined to traditional disciplines, but also the cross and trans disciplinary concepts like gender/sex, science, capitalism, ecology, matter, colonialism, race, violence, etc. that seem fungible but whose meaning takes on the coordinates of the spaces and histories of the disciplinary sites and genealogies that summon them. 

Unhatching begins from the methods and commitments of feminist science technology studies, antiracist science and technology studies, and critical ethnic studies that track how race, gender, sexuality, ability, capital, and geopolitical location shape the value investments and very meanings of science and technology. At the same time, unhatching flags various forms of negative relation within and against disciplinary formations and investments in research, congealed concepts, but also excessively runny ones. The modes are several: refusal, critique, avoidance, dilution, failure, complaint, repurposing, complicity, abortion. Together, they describe a generative suspension between relinquishing and refusal. Doing and undoing. 

At stake in unhatching projects are the presents, futures and continuing existence of conceptual territories. Conceptual territories can be understood as registration of the simultaneous epistemological and territorial work of research. We mean here to mark forms of boundary work, accumulation, and capture at stake in the innovative reproductions of the disciplines and established interdisciplinary formations.  Conceptual territories take shape materially — as university property, as disciplines, as methods, as concept-constellations, and more. We adopt this focus not merely to approach, constrict, and expand, and otherwise press against our scoping of science. Unhatching takes up the constitutional capacities of institutionalized knowledge production and asks, What worlds are submerged or enlivened through the conceptual territories of race, gender, sexuality, value, capitalism, or research? Meaning: what geopolitical or historical suppositions are extended, assumed, or conjured by the words and terms on offer?

Please Note: Unhatching Research Grants may be used to support writing, project development support, field research, creative work, and community-building activities both inside and outside the university related to the themes of the initiative.

Minimum grant amount will be $1000. Award amounts will be determined in relation to the number of applicants and the strength of the project proposal.

Grants are not available for tuition or fee remission. 

Who Can Apply: UC Davis graduate students completing their terminal degrees (PhD and MFA) at any stage in their graduate career.

Application Deadline: Monday, May 10, 2021

Award Announcement: Awardees will be notified in the beginning of June and stipends disbursed in Summer 2021. 


How to Apply:

Submit completed application materials via email to ucd.hatch@gmail.com, with the subject line “Unhatching Research Grants 2021.”

All applications should include the following information:

  • Project Description (up to 500 words) Please provide a brief description of your proposed research. Share how your proposed research engages with the themes of the CFP.

  • CV (max 2 pages) Include name, email, degree program.

  • If awarded a stipend, in what activities/projects/modes of engagement might you be able to undertake? (up to 250 words)

Funding will be determined by the strength of the proposals (including their feasibility and their potential impact) and their relatedness to the HATCH mission and themes.

Previous recipients of Mellon Initiative funding are welcome to apply, though preference may be given to those who have not yet received funding. 

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