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Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories

An Opportunity for Multiyear Funding For Faculty and Student Collaborations

UC San Diego has set aside support for small groups who seek to undertake cooperative/collaborative research. The Collaboratories program is intended to provide fellowship support for groups of students (undergraduate, graduate or professional) who will work jointly under the supervision of an interdisciplinary faculty group.

The aim is to encourage faculty to form and support such groups as they develop preliminary results sufficient to support applications for outside funding.

Download an application here.

For additional information about requirements, application components, and evaluation criteria, please expand the dropdown menu below.


In order to be eligible to apply each group meet the following requirements :

  • Three to five faculty members
  • Three to five students
    • students must have completed one academic year at UC San Diego (at the time of funding)
    • must carry a GPA of at least a 3.00
    • be in good academic standing
    • making expected progress toward a degree
    • can be full-time graduate, professional or part-time undergraduates
    • do not need to be in same departments as faculty
  •  Completed Application
  • Must be submitted by a faculty member listed on the project. Student submissions will not be accepted.

Application Requirements

All application materials should be sent in a single PDF. A list of the requested information is below:

  • Complete application
    • List of 3 to 5 cooperating faculty, along with departmental affiliations
    • List of 3 to 5 students to be supported, along with department affiliations, PIDs, and current GPA
  • A CV for each faculty and student listed (2 page max per person)
  • Abstract (maximum of 100 words)
  • Proposal (2 page max, including references) in 12-point typeface
  • A first-year budget (not to exceed $15,000 per graduate student and $7,500 per undergraduate student)
    • Please note this award is meant to fund student researchers ONLY, funding for new equipment, rented space, or colloquiams are not an allowable cost under this award
  • Signed agreement that the supervising faculty jointly intend to seek outside support for the project to be undertaken by the interdisciplinary group 
A faculty member must submit the application to, submissions by students will NOT be accepted

*Effective March 1, 2010, no individual faculty member or student may be named on more than one proposal in any given round.* 


How to Apply

Please email a completed application to by the deadline date. The application should be in a single PDF. Applications must be submitted by a participating faculty member, no student submissions will be accepted.

Proposals will be due in the Graduate Division by March 1 or September 1 for projects to begin no earlier than June 1 or January 1, respectively. If the deadline falls on a weekend or University holiday, it will be extended to the next regular business day.

The deadline to submit new proposals for the June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020

project period is April 16, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.



Awards will be made by the Graduate Division Faculty Fellowship Committee on the basis of perceived merit. Decisions will be announced 60 days after the relevant due date.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation will be based on the answers to the following questions.

  • How will this program support or advance the mission of the institution?
  • What will this program do that cannot be accomplished by existing schools and departments?
  • What assurances exist that the program will elicit strong faculty interest and engagement?
  • Have steps been taken to establish relationships between the center and affiliated or affected departments that will promote cooperation?
  • Has the group identified leadership capable of providing the intellectual vision, diplomacy, and necessary management skills?

*These questions are taken from a recent AAU Report of the Interdisciplinary Task Force.*



Requesting a Second Year of Funding

Additional years of support are not automatic. The Principal Investigators will need to submit a progress report formally requesting a second year of funding.

Funding is contingent upon the faculty team making satisfactory progress towards obtaining research support from outside sponsors. 

One month prior to the end of the current project period, the faculty group must submit a progress report that

  • Jointly affirms that the supported students are making progress toward their degree programs or have graduated
    • It is allowed to add, replace, or remove other eligible students who are in good academic standing at the time of program renewal 
  • Requests the next year’s support through the budget form
  • Summarizes the progress that the group has made in securing extramural support
  • Any reprints or preprints resulting from the collaboration should also be included

Failure to submit this report by the due date will automatically terminate the proposed fellowship support for the following year. If funding is available, and the faculty group is making sufficient progress in their research program, the Dean may elect to renew funding.

Contact Information

Graduate Fellowship Advisor at 858-822-2938 or

Important Information

The Graduate Division does not assume responsibility for errors or omissions in the applicant's submission. We will do our best to review the format of the proposal; however final responsibility for format, content, and completeness always rests with the applicant. Please proofread the application fully and connect with both the graduate fellowship advisor and departmental fund manager for additional guidance prior to submission.