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BSP Funding Opportunities

Academic Fellowships

The Dayo Gore BSP Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Dayo Gore BSP Postdoctoral Fellowship Application is now open

Sara Clarke Kaplan Dissertation Fellowship

Applications for 2023-24 fellowships will open in Winter 2023

BSP Dissertation Fellowships are intended to provide one summer and/or one academic quarter of support to students in the dissertation research or writing stages of their doctoral program. Each award includes fees, benefits, and a monthly stipend for one academic quarter of the awardee's choice. Fellowship recipients are expected to participate in all meetings of the 2022-23 BSP graduate student seminar, which meets approximately twice per quarter. They must be in residence the quarter of their fellowship. Eligible applicants may be in any discipline, but supported research should be situated within African American, African, and/or African Diaspora Studies. Preference will be given to projects that engage the critical themes and key questions of the Black Studies Project (see below), as well as to students without other sources of funding.

Eligibility. Applicants must be registered UCSD graduate students who will be enrolled for the 2023-24 academic year, and they must be doctoral students who have an approved prospectus by notice of conferral of award (last week of Spring Quarter 2023).

Sara Clarke Kaplan Predoctoral Fellowship

Applications for 2023-24 fellowships will open in Winter 2023

Predoctoral fellowships provide support for one academic quarter to students in the earlier phases of dissertation project development . Each award includes fees, benefits, and a monthly stipend during the quarter of the fellow’s choice. Predoctoral awardees are expected to participate in the BSP graduate student seminar, which meets twice a quarter, for the full academic year of their fellowship. They must be in residence the quarter of their fellowship.  Fellows must have completed their first two years of coursework in good standing. We recognize that milestones for doctoral students vary across departments as do funding strategies to support students as they prepare to advance to candidacy. In that spirit, the predoctoral fellowship may support students in the qualifying stage or those who are in the early stages of launching dissertation studies. If you have questions about your eligibility for this fellowship, please contact us.

Successful applications will involve research projects that show promise for a sustained and substantive engagement with Black Studies and/or Black communities in Africa and the African Diaspora. The goal of this fellowship is to provide PhD students with academic guidance and support during the crucial period of conceptualizing their research topic by providing them an intellectual

cohort of students and faculty through which they can strengthen their foundational knowledge and hone their critical analysis in the field of Black Studies. Priority will be given to PhD students in departments where faculty in Black Studies are underrepresented, to provide them with a firm foundation in the field as they begin their dissertation planning and research.

Eligibility. Applicants must be registered UCSD graduate students who will be enrolled for the 2023-24 academic year, and they must be doctoral students who have completed their first two years of coursework in good standing.

Faculty Fellowships

Applications for 2023-24 fellowships will open in Winter 2023

BSP Faculty Fellowships are intended to help faculty make significant progress on a major research project by providing one course release up to $8,500 and the opportunity to share their work with an interdisciplinary cadre of colleagues in the field of Black Studies.

In addition to advancing their research and/or writing, BSP Faculty Fellows are expected to participate in the 2022-23 BSP Faculty seminar. Each Faculty Fellow will be responsible for organizing two workshop sessions for participants to give and receive feedback, including one on their own work.  BSP will provide additional funding to pay travel and honoraria costs when relevant.  Faculty Fellows must be in residence during the fellowship term. While the award releases the recipient from teaching responsibilities, it does not exempt him or her from service and advising responsibilities. The award only releases faculty from one course during the 2023-24 academic year; it does not provide release from summer teaching, nor does it provide a salary supplement.

Eligibility. Applicants must be ladder-rank, Senate faculty conducting research in African American, African, and/or African Diaspora Studies. Preference will be given to scholarship that explicitly engages the critical themes and key questions of the Black Studies Project.

Research and Event Grants

Faculty Research Grants

BSP provides ongoing faculty research support in the amount of small grants of up to $4000. Awards support projects undertaken during the current academic year (2022-2023) or the next one (2023-2024). Proposals should support work distinct from other grant-supported aspects of an applicant’s research. Proposals are evaluated according to the potential for impact on an applicant’s research and professional advancement and the proposal’s alignment with BSP’s intellectual mission.

Examples of topical areas supported include—but are not limited to—social or ethical issues and opportunities related to intersectional analyses of race, class, gender, and sexuality; transnational and African diasporic studies; and social justice movements. Projects that are beneficial to establishing or sustaining relationships with the broader San Diego and UC communities are encouraged.

Likewise, projects that support teaching, mentorship, and/or efforts to enhance a thriving community of scholars and students who can connect with the Black Studies Project mission and aims will be considered. Some allowable expenses for project support include the following: honoraria for visiting speakers, allowable equipment costs, funding to support the hire of hourly undergraduate student assistants, costs associated with holding workshops and/or a small speaker series or conference on campus, research travel expenses. At this time, BSP does not solicit applications to fund faculty salary or travel to academic conferences.

Eligibility. Applicants must be internal UC San Diego faculty or research scientists. Applicants who receive funding agree to support the BSP community by attending two or more BSP events during the academic year.

Faculty Summer GSR fellowship

Applications for 2023-24 fellowships will open in Winter 2023

BSP is pleased to provide the Summer Graduate Student Researcher Award Program.  These awards are designed for two purposes.  They provide support for faculty to hire a graduate student to work with them for two months at 50%-100% time on ongoing research projects that materially advance the faculty member’s career.  These awards are also designed to provide UCSD graduate students with vital funding during the summer months and an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member in ways that provide mentorship opportunities and hone critical research skills. Funds can be used to hire graduate students to assist with project development in any number of capacities.  These might include the following: a) research and data collection, b) producing bibliographies, assistance with indexing or proofing manuscripts, or c) assistance with grant applications, symposia development, etc. 

Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants

Applications for 2023-24 fellowships will open in Winter 2023

BSP’s Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants awards are intended to partially offset 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/final projects that center such questions and themes, applications will be accepted from any project that contains at least one chapter/a main focus in a creative project that falls under the category of Black Studies. 

Awards are intended for research travel before December 30, 2023 and will not exceed $2500. Funds may be used for travel, accommodations, meals, research assistance, copies, and in some cases supplies such as cameras or recording devices.

Criteria for Selection. 

  • A research project that will increase knowledge about topics and themes of importance to Black Studies 
  • Intellectual originality and breadth 
  • Clarity and strength of the research plan, design and methodology

Eligibility. Applicants must be currently registered UCSD graduate students. If funds will be used in Fall 2023, applicants must also be enrolled at that time.

Please direct any questions to Lorraine Makone, Associate Director, Black Studies Project:
bsp@ucsd.edu.

BSP Graduate Student Researcher

Applications for the 2023-24 GSR position will open in Winter 2023

The BSP Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) is a doctoral student who works closely as part of BSP leadership and convening team to connect with and support fellow graduate students as you all advance your work. The GSR convenes and facilitates the Graduate Seminar each quarter. In addition, the GSR supports BSP events, helping to publicize and host events alongside the rest of the BSP team. The GSR also regularly extends a welcome to new graduate students on campus and helps sustain connections between BSP and UCSD’s Black Graduate and Professional Student Association.

Social Impact Scholar: Black Futures Lab Summer Remote Internship Position

Applications currently closed

This competitive ten-week summer internship with Black Futures Lab (BFL) engages interns to help identify and analyze policy as it impacts Black communities. The goal of this internship is to build mutually sustaining networks of collaboration between UCSD scholars, students, and community stakeholders and the Black Futures Lab in pursuit of social and racial justice, Strong candidates must be currently engaged in projects and initiatives on and/or off campus that engage in the critical themes and key questions of the Black Studies Project and Black Futures Lab.This opportunity provides student participants a stipend for the internship as part of the Division of Social Sciences’ Social Impact Scholars Program. 

Grants for Co-Sponsorships

BSP provides small grants (from $150-$500) throughout the year to co-sponsor events on campus. Want to bring a speaker? Host an event? These grants run throughout the year while funding is available, and support activities that correspond with BSP’s mission. Please direct any inquiries to bsp@ucsd.edu. Please include “Co-sponsorship grant request” in the subject line. Requests should include the name of the event, projected date, format (remote or in-person), potential audience, and organizing committee information. Faculty, staff and student organizations may apply.