Burdick Global Scholars Program

Burdick Global Scholars Program

Call for Proposals (funding level $50,000)


This call is designed to advance a collaborative approach to research and pedagogy in the global arena, by supporting research partnerships between UCSB scholars and their counterparts in other parts of the world, and offering students direct experience with the research endeavor. We welcome all topics, involving all world areas, as long as the proposed project rests on a horizontal collaborative partnership with a researcher in the study location. We encourage innovation, given that this is the pilot phase of an initiative from which we hope to learn, and subsequently, make into an ongoing program of a budding Area-Global Initiative.



  • This is a UCSB Division of Social Sciences (SOSC) program, in collaboration with the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. The Principal Investigator (PI) of applications must be UCSB faculty in the Division of Social Sciences with long-term research experience in the proposed field site and with the proposed research partner. A co-PI is welcome from the Humanities and Fine Arts division.


Scope of the Project

  • PI (or co-PIs) propose a research topic, and identify a partner who is rooted in the area outside the US where the proposed research will take place. This research site must be in the global south or global east. This research partner can be based at a university or civil society or community organization. They should have deep knowledge and experience with the topic, well-established networks in the topic area, and a strong relationship with the UCSB-based PI.
  • The project must include at least one research partner visit to UCSB for up to two weeks in the early phase of the project (Fall quarter, 2021) to meet with the research group in formation, and to work on the research design.
  • The project must also include travel by the entire UCSB team to the research site for approximately six weeks (depending on budget and research plans) during Summer 2022 to carry out the research, accompanied by the research partner.
  • Budget permitting, the collaborator would travel again to UCSB in the course of the next academic year, to work with the team to finalize the research results, and present them in a campus forum.
  • The proposal must identify a group of 4-6 UCSB students (1-2 graduate students and 3-4 undergraduate students) who they would invite to participate in the research, including travel to the research site. Alternatively, the proposal could outline a process whereby such selection would be made, should the award be successful. These students should have appropriate language and cultural competency skills. In addition to the UCSB team of students, the proposal could also include students from the host locale.
  • If research or language skills are not already in place, students could be required to obtain them during the academic year prior to the summer travel (the budget can include support for language instruction).
  • The available funding is $50,000, although well-justified proposals with a budget up to $60,000 will be considered.
  • The project timeline is from September 2021 through September or December 2022, with the field research occurring primarily in the summer terms of 2022.
  • The PI (or co-PI) of the successful application must meet regularly with the research team throughout the academic year, in the form of a research practicum and under the official designation of a course number that enrolls both the undergraduates and graduate students on the team. Across the academic year, the course must meet minimally as many hours as would be reflected by one 4-credit course. The Dean of SOSC (Dean Hale) will approve that course as a replacement on-load course, but applicants must secure approval of this arrangement in advance from their department Chair, who is encouraged to contact Dean Hale with questions or concerns.


Proposal Components

The text should be a minimum 11 pt font with 0.5-inch margins, the proposal should be a maximum of three single-spaced pages (see below details) and must include the following components:

  • Names and department affiliations of the PI (and co-PI, if applicable), including contact information.
  • Statement of the research problem and specific research plan, including methodological approach (1-2 single-spaced pages)
  • Basic information on proposed research partner (1/2 single-spaced page)
  • Plan for recruitment of students and for student involvement in the research (1/2 single-spaced page)
  • Preliminary budget with brief narrative, including
    • Partner travel to Santa Barbara, CA
    • PI(s) + Student team travel to and stay in research site
    • Research expenses
    • Post-research Partner travel to Santa Barbara, CA
    • Graduate Student funding (as hourly student assistant)
    • The faculty PI may receive compensation in the form of a summer stipend, with a maximum of $10k.
    • Well-justified budget proposals up to a maximum of $60,000 (inclusive of the stipend) will be considered, but only with clarity that the project can still be completed were the final approved budget to be capped at $50,000.



  • The research results should have scholarly rigor, educational value (especially for the students involved) and also include a “publicly facing” dimension (i.e., engaging the problem under study in a way that is tangible for the local communities in which the research is conducted, or for publics at large), which would form part of the research design.
  • The proposal should outline plans for a final presentation of the research results, during the subsequent course of the academic year.



Questions should be submitted to AGI Director, Luke Roberts (lukerobt@ucsb.edu).


Submission of Proposal

Kindly submit proposals as one PDF document (with all application items integrated into that one PDF file) by August 1, 2021 to AGI Director, Luke Roberts (lukerobt@ucsb.edu).


Program Background

Charles J. Burdick (UCSB alumnus in Economics) nourished a wide ranging and global executive career. This experience instilled in him a conviction in and a commitment to study and research abroad. His generous gift allowed the Division of Social Sciences  to launch the Burdick Global Scholars Program, which began on a pilot basis in 2019. We are deeply indebted to Mr. Burdick for his vision and generosity, and we look forward to sharing with him the fruits of the first two phases of this program.  For more information on Phase I, led by Satyajit Singh of GLST and POLS, see this project description. For background on the Burdick gift, see this recent article.

This second phase of the Burdick Global Scholars program will be managed by the AreaGlobal Initiative (AGI), a coalition consisting of the Orfalea Center, the Centers for Middle East and East Asian Studies, and the Program on Latin American and Iberian Studies. For more information on the Initiative, see https://cmes.ucsb.edu/agi/