UCSB Academic Senate


The Senate provides faculty and graduate students with several grant opportunities. These programs are administered by the Senate's Council on Research and Instructional Resources (CRIR).

Departmental administrators can access their current research grant information here

Faculty Research Grants

Funding for the Academic Senate Faculty Research Grants Program is graciously provided by the chancellor. The aim of these small grants is to support faculty research efforts, as well as faculty development, across the campus. Application deadline: annually, at the end of winter quarter.

Pearl Chase Research Grants

Faculty research projects related to local community development, conservation, or historic preservation may be eligible for Pearl Chase Funding. Dr. Pearl Chase played a key role in the development of Santa Barbara's unique character, from the time of her graduation from the University of California in 1909 until her death in 1979. Her efforts are widely evident in Santa Barbara's architecture, health and building codes, parks, historic landmarks, and Old Spanish Days Fiesta. She organized the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and helped establish many local organizations, including the Red Cross, United Way, and Santa Barbara Beautiful. Dr. Pearl Chase was also instrumental in establishing the Santa Barbara Indian Defense Association, which later became the National Association of American Indian Affairs. Application deadline: annually, at the end of winter quarter.

Faculty Travel Grants

Domestic and international travel grants support faculty travel to national and international conferences for the purpose of presenting and discussing novel research results or creative work. Travel grants are limited to one virtual or domestic trip (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico) per fiscal year. Alternatively, funding for an international trip may be requested every other year, in lieu of virtual/domestic travel.

Application deadline: at least 21 days in advance of participation.

Doctoral Student Travel Grants

The Academic Senate is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 Doctoral Student Travel Grants.
The Doctoral Student Travel Grant awards travel funds to graduate students who have been invited or selected to present a paper, present research, perform or exhibit at a major professional conference or meeting. Applicants must be doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy, or Master of Fine Arts students who are in their second year of study and in candidacy prior to travel. Students are eligible to receive two in-person Doctoral Student Travel Grants, one of which may be used for international travel, during their graduate career at UCSB. A student who receives a grant for a virtual conference will still be eligible to receive two grants for in-person conferences.
Deadline is at least 21 days in advance of travel.