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Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities

The Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities (GCAH) provides support for the research and creative efforts of faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, so as to deepen and enrich the range of humanistic and artistic activity on campus. The committee uses the National Endowment for the Humanities' definition of the humanities:

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

GCAH provides support for individual research or creative work, special events, travel to further research or creative work, travel to present such research or creative work at venues that enhance one's research and creative activity, and short visits by scholars and artists from outside the University. Forms and guidelines may be downloaded from this site (see below).

GCAH consists of 10 to 12 faculty members, active in research and/or creative work in the humanities and arts, each of whom serves for a three-year term. Committee members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, who is represented at committee meetings by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education in the Graduate School. For more information, consult GCAH Policies and Procedures.

GCAH Forms: (MS Word documents)

Research/Creative Work Grant

Special Event Grant

Visiting Scholar/Artist Grant

Deadlines: For Research/Creative Work, Special Event, and Visiting Scholar/Artist Grants, the following deadlines apply:

Fall 2015

September 4; October 2; November 6; December 4

Spring 2016

February 5; March 4; April 1

  • Deadlines assume a 12:00 noon cutoff. Please hand deliver proposals (no staples and single-sided, please) to Macky 201, or send in campus mail to 280 UCB.  Mailed proposals must reach CHA by the deadline.

For further information please contact Lisa Bailey in the Center for Humanities and the Arts at 303-735-0237 or You may also contact Paula Anderson at 303-492-1423 or