Clarke Center Undergraduate Imagination Research Grants


The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination is pleased to announce a call for proposals that support undergraduate student projects on imagination. Specifically, projects that will lead to a deeper understanding of imagination as a neuro-cognitive and socio-cultural phenomenon, as well as projects that apply imagination in novel and impactful ways are encouraged. Creative works (art, music, dance, theater, literature, etc...), technology development, or scientific study, in which the role of human imagination is foregrounded are appropriate for the funding.  Projects that involve cross disciplinary collaborations are particularly encouraged, and all funded projects are expected to be featured in Clarke Center events and facilities per the timeline below. We anticipate awarding three grants this year.

Funding and project timeline:

  • The application package is due by Friday, January 23, 2015, by Noon PT.
  • The grants will be awarded and students notified of the funding decision by Monday, February 6, 2015.
  • A projected plan for the presentation of the research must be coordinated and completed by or before June 14, 2015.
  • Funds awarded must be spent by June 30, 2015.
  • The maximum award for each student is $1,500.

The purpose of the student research grant is to further the applicant’s study, but may not include the payment of tuition or fees. Applications should be submitted via email to with a subject “Undergraduate Grants” no later than January 23, 2015 at noon. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Each applicant must include the following in their email submission: full name, title of project, area of study, project date of completion.
  • A 1-2 page proposal narrative. The narrative should state the goals of the project and how they will be achieved.
  • A detailed budget of projected expense items with project justification, max. 1 page. The budget should detail current or previous funding for the project.  
  • A letter from a faculty member supporting the proposed project must be included with each undergraduate application.

Grant funds can be used to support project needs including supplies, expendable equipment (computers, etc. are not allowable), copying, printing/graphics, film, lab supplies, event space, A/V, documentation, conference travel (restricted to student presenting at a conference, conference publication listing student and his/her affiliation with UC San Diego is required, must check with the Clarke Center before booking any travel), etc. A review and recommendation committee comprised of members of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, its advisors, and other faculty from the varied divisions on campus will select the awardees.

All UCSD undergraduate students are eligible. Undergraduates must be advanced standing students, having completed 90 quarter units, and must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to receive funding. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire FY2015 academic year. Funds for the accepted projects will be administered on a reimbursement basis through the Clarke Center. For questions about the grants, please contact Laura Martin, Clarke Center Program Manager, at or 858-534-5131.


The Clarke Center Undergraduate Imagination grants are supported by a gift from the Dankberg Family Foundation.