Social Science Matrix Global Working Groups

UC Berkeley’s Social Science Matrix invites proposals from faculty, graduate students, and UC Berkeley-affiliated researchers to form interdisciplinary working groups of up to 14 participants for the 2021-2022 academic year. As UC Berkeley’s cross-disciplinary social science incubator, Matrix seeks to stimulate collaboration across the division and promote rigorous scholarly conversations that may lead to new avenues of inquiry.

Matrix Global Working Groups may be formed around any topic or theme. We encourage groups to include researchers from beyond the UC Berkeley campus, from across the United States and around the world, and we will provide support as available in enabling hybrid in-person and remote discussions.

We also encourage the inclusion of scholars from disciplines in the humanities and sciences, providing there is a clear link in some way (through participants, readings or theoretical approach) to the social sciences broadly construed.

Applicants will be asked to define a compelling topic, outline some key readings, and provide a list of potential participants and discussants. Priority will be given to groups that have at least six participants with membership from two or more disciplines, one of which must be within UC Berkeley’s Division of Social Sciences.

Based on campus policy for in-person gatherings, Matrix Global Working Groups will be invited to schedule their monthly meetings at Matrix and will receive administrative support in reserving space in our offices. Please note that financial funding is not available for working groups through this program.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact Eva Seto, Associate Director, at with any questions.

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