Affiliated Scholars

Research Fellowships

Application Deadline: Monday, June 20, 2022

The IHC Research Fellowships are open to all recent UCSB Ph.D.s in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  The IHC Research Fellows will be affiliated with the IHC and will have opportunities to participate in the Center’s classes, activities and research groups. The fellowship also provides UCSB library privileges, eligibility for campus parking, and an email account. The IHC Research Fellowship does not include a stipend; however, it does not make one ineligible for campus RAships or lectureships.

NOTE: Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa cannot use this fellowship for employment on OPT or academic training. Please contact OISS at for more information about visa requirements.

The term of the Fellowship will be one year with an automatic extension to two years upon request. Research fellows must be in residence at least two terms of the fellowship year.

The IHC particularly encourages applications from scholars working in an interdisciplinary way or from those whose dissertation work opens new avenues of research within their field.

Application Process:

The IHC Research Fellowship is open to all UCSB Ph.D.s who have received their degree between June 2020 and August 2022.

Completed applications must include:

  1. Cover letter explaining the research project to be undertaken during the Fellowship period.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation director or faculty graduate advisor should also be sent directly to the IHC no later than the application due date.  Letters may be mailed in hard copy or emailed to

Application deadline is June 20.

Please send all required application materials as a single PDF to by 5:00 PM. You will receive a confirmation email within three business days. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the first business day following the deadline.

For further information, contact Erin Nerstad: or 805-893-3137.

List of Research Fellows

Visiting Scholars

The IHC’s Visiting Scholar Program provides humanities and fine arts faculty from other institutions the opportunity to make use of UCSB’s facilities while they are in residence in Santa Barbara. Visiting scholars will be offered library privileges and eligibility to purchase campus parking and Recreation Center membership. Limited shared office space may also be available.

To apply please submit all materials to IHC Director Susan Derwin:  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Completed applications must include:

  • A cover letter describing the research project to be undertaken as a visiting scholar and the quarter or quarters when affiliation is requested.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from a UCSB faculty member indicating departmental interest in the proposed project.

Past Visiting Scholars:

Elizabeth Guffey, Art History, State University of New York at Purchase

Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa
Harilaos Stecopoulos, University of Iowa
Carly Thomsen, Middlebury College

Keelan Overton, History of Islamic Art and Architecture, Independent Scholar

Ingrid Nelson, English, Amherst College

Gesa Kirsch, English, Bentley University

Spring 2015
Liza Black, Ph.D., History, “Picturing Indians: American Indians in Film, 1941-1960”

Fall 2013 – Winter 2014
Laura Sarnelli, Literary, Linguistic and Comparative Studies, University of Naples L’Orientale, “Cultures of Melancholia in European and American Contexts”
Akiko Taguchi, Faculty of Arts, Kyoto University of Art and Design

Spring 2012
E. Ann Kaplan, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, SUNY-Stony Brook

Spring 2010
Norihiro Kato, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Winter-Spring 2008
Knut A. Jacobsen, History of Religions, University of Bergen, Norway