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Black Studies Project @ UCSD

proj·ect [n. proj-ekt, -ikt; v. pruh-jektnoun

1. something that is contemplated, devised, or planned; plan; scheme.

2. a large or major undertaking, especially one involving considerable money, personnel, and equipment.

3. a specific task of investigation, especially in scholarship.

The Black Studies Project (BSP) is an interdisciplinary and cross departmental research collaborative and center that includes faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from across the UCSD campus. BSP provides a venue for rigorous and  groundbreaking research, intellectual exchange and a cross-campus community of scholars; the strengthening of undergraduate and graduate work in Black Studies; and the building of sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with broader San Diego and UC communities. BSP currently focuses on three areas of inquiry: intersectional analysis of race, class, gender, and sexuality; transnational and diasporic studies; and social justice movements. These areas are not only vital to contemporary African American and African Diaspora Studies, but are central to the study of black life, history, cultural production, and politics in the US and globally.




SUBJECT: 2020-21 Black Studies Project Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants

The Black Studies Project is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants. The awards are intended to partially offset dissertation research and travel expenses incurred in the U.S. or abroad. Supported research must examine some element of the black experience and/or the social, political, cultural, or economic factors that have shaped conceptions of blackness in relation to racialized structures and phenomena. Although preference will be given to dissertations that center such questions and themes, applications will be accepted from any project that contains at least one chapter that falls under the category of Black Studies.

Awards are intended for research travel before November 1st, 2020 and will not exceed $5,000. Funds may be used for travel, accommodations, meals, research assistance, copies, and in some cases supplies such as cameras or recording devices.

Applications are due no later than Monday, April 6, 2020. Please send all application materials and any  questions to Katia Todorova at

Information about the grants and the Travel Grant cover sheet can be found atBSP Funding Opportunities