Shirley Hune Inter-Ethnic/ Inter-Racial Studies Award

The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC), which includes the four ethnic studies research centers, offers an award from Dr. Shirley Hune to support doctoral student research that addresses inter-ethnic and inter-racial issues, especially from historical and applied social science perspectives. While at UCLA, Dr. Hune chaired the Executive Committee of the Institute of American Cultures from 1993–2007 and was an associate dean in the Graduate Division from 1992–2007. She is a professor emerita in urban planning.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Registered and enrolled UCLA graduate students
  • Provides $5,000 in 24/25 to support research by a UCLA doctoral student (on a reimbursement basis only)
  • Covers research related expenses for projects on relevant topics
  • Conference travel, whether the applicant is presenting or attending, is ineligible
  • Grant Period: July 1, 2024 through May 31, 2025
  • Applications are available October 15, 2023
  • Must be received by 11:59 pm (PST), March 1, 2024
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed
  • Applicants will be notified in May. Prior to submission of the application, applicants should briefly discuss their proposal with the Coordinator of the appropriate Center, or in the case of interethnic proposals, with each applicable Center. All grant recipients, where appropriate, must comply with UCLA’s Protection of Human Subjects in Research before receiving funding.

To Apply: Applications available online at:

Preview of the application pages.

If your research is interethnic, make sure to select the Hune Award on the application page as well as each center that is relevant to your project (you do not need to select all four centers).