Funding Round Up January 2016

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DEADLINE: January 28, 2016

Boren Fellowships for Graduate Students

Boren Fellowships provide funding opportunities to U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages around the world. An initiative of the National Security Education Program, this fellowship involves areas underrepresented in study abroad and in areas critical to U.S. interests. Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.  Application deadline: January 28, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/basics.html

DEADLINE: January 29, 2016

Research Travel Grants at Duke University

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University is providing a $1,000 research travel grant. All who wish to use the resources available at Duke for research purposes are encouraged to apply, regardless of academic standing. All applicants must reside beyond a 100 mile radius of Durham, NC. The grant money may be used for travel expenses, meals, and accommodations, and will be reimbursed when the recipient completes his or her research.  Application deadline: January 29, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/92330/research-travel-grants-duke-university

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship

The African Studies Center is providing academic year and summer Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships. The priority languages for the African Studies Center will be Arabic, Lingala, Kiswahili, and Wolof. Graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines and professional schools are encouraged to apply. More information about award amounts and the application process can be found at the link below. Application deadline: January 29, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://africa.unc.edu/students/flas/flas.asp

DEADLINE: January 31, 2016

ICPSR Research Paper Competition: Undergraduates & Master’s

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research is hosting two research paper competitions, the first being for undergraduate students and the second being for master’s students. First prize in each category is $1,000 and second is $750. Entrants must not have graduated before April 1st, 2015. More information about the research papers can be found on the website below. Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/ICPSR/prize/index.html

Funding Round Up December 2015

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DEADLINE: December 15, 2015

North carolina excellence fellowship

The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill aims to make graduate studies more affordable for underrepresented students through the Excellence Fellowship. Those eligible are those applying for a doctoral program, are in-state residents, and identify as a diverse student. The full award is an $18,500 stipend, full tuition, and health insurance for an academic year. Let your program know if you would like to be nominated.  Application deadline: December 15, 2015.

Application requirements linked here:

http://gradschool.unc.edu/funding/gradschool/ncexcellence.html

DEADLINE: December 18, 2015

E.J. Josey scholarship award

The Black Caucus of The American Library Association, Inc. offers awards of $2,000 to African American students enrolled in or accepted by American Library Association accredited programs. The application consists solely of an essay submission. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program leading to a degree in library and information science. More information about the essay prompt and requirements can be found at the below hyperlink. Application deadline: December 18, 2015.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.bcala.org/index.php/awards/ej-josey-scholarship

DEADLINE: December 20, 2015

frederick douglass institute fellowship (Post doctoral)

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Rochester seeks to bring together scholars working in the humanities in the area of Africa and the African Diaspora. This Postdoctoral Fellowship awards an annual stipend of $40,000 and a $3,000 fund for research to scholars who hold a Ph.D in a field that contributes to African and African-American Studies.  The awardee will pursue his or her own scholarship and teach a course in the area of his or her specialization. Application deadline: December 20, 2015.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.rochester.edu/college/aas/grad_programs/fellowships.html

frederick douglass institute fellowship (Pre doctoral)

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Rochester seeks to bring together scholars working in the humanities in the area of Africa and the African Diaspora. This Predoctoral Fellowship awards an annual stipend of $26,000 and research funds to graduate students whose degree contributes to African and African-American Studies. The Fellowship seeks to provide an intellectual environment to help complete the applicants dissertation. Application deadline: December 20, 2015.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.rochester.edu/college/aas/grad_programs/fellowships.html

DEADLINE: December 21, 2015

USAID INternship pilot program

USAID‘s African Bureau offers unpaid summer internships in sub-Saharan Africa for the summer of 2016. This opportunity is excellent for students studying or interested in international development. Junior or senior undergraduates or graduate students are encouraged to apply. Students are responsible for housing and transportation costs.  Application deadline: December 21, 2015.

Application requirements linked here:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/422176600

Transcribe-a-thon November 5, 2015

The following guest post was written by Stephanie Hsieh, the 2015-2017 Stone Center Library CALA.

Following the Paper Trail: All About UNC’s First Transcribe-a-thon

How do we learn about the past? Without time travel, one of our most important methods for peering back in time is paper. Think of how much of your life is on paper: letters, cards, medical records, legal matters. Now imagine if every e-mail you’ve ever sent or received was printed out too!

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All of those papers would tell some future reader a little something about your life. The same is true of the old letters, poems, ledgers, and more in UNC’s Southern Historical Collection. By studying the papers of the past, we can learn more about how people thought, worked, and lived.

Archivists work hard to find and preserve those documents for generations to come. That often means sealing them away from light and moisture that might damage them further. But what about us, the people who want to read them and learn more about our past right now?

That’s where UNC’s first Transcribe-a-thon, held on November 5, 2015, came in.

The Transcribe-a-thon was an opportunity for participants to make history, touch history, and learn more about what archivists and others involved in document preservation, do. The Southern Historical Collection has a treasure trove of handwritten documents that tell us about African American culture in the nineteenth century. Poems, letters, diaries, and more tell the story of what life was like for African Americans living 300 years ago.

Old documents can be pretty hard to read. That’s where transcription comes in! Transcribers got to look at these documents up close while transcribing them from handwriting to something easier to read. During the Transcribe-a-thon, participants were also taught some of the tips and tricks that archivists, paleographers and historians use to read those old documents.

Photos of the event are available here.

 

Funding Roundup November 2015

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A number of great funding opportunities with rapidly approaching deadlines are listed below. We will update this blog post as we learn of other opportunities with November deadlines. Please let us know of any that aren’t listed here.

DEADLINE: November 14, 2015

**Please note that these are two different internship opportunities.**

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders Internship Program

The semester-long CBCF Emerging Leaders Internship Program sponsored by Walmart creates a corps of trained, young leaders with the skills, outlook, and contacts necessary to generate and sustain positive change in Washington, D.C. and their local communities. Interns will receive housing, a stipend, and will be placed in Congressional Black Caucus member offices and federal agencies. Application deadline November 14, 2015.

Application linked here:  https://cbcfinc.academicworks.com/opportunities/254

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation communications internship program

The semester-long CBCF Communications Internship program sponsored by State Farm offers undergraduate students who are interested in learning about press and media relations on Capitol Hill. Interns work with the press secretary or communications director in Congressional Black Caucus member offices. Housing and a stipend are provided.  Application deadline November 14, 2015.

Application linked here:  https://cbcfinc.academicworks.com/opportunities/252

DEADLINE: December 1, 2015

Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies Post-Doctoral Residential Research and Teaching Fellowship

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia invites scholars, whose work focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora to apply for a two-year post-doctoral research and teaching fellowship, beginning August 25, 2016, and ending August 24, 2018. The fellowship carries the title of Lecturer and pays an annual (12 month) salary of $45,000, plus full-time benefits.  Application deadline December 1, 2015.

Application requirements linked here:

http://woodson.virginia.edu/fellowship/postdoc

Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan offers a post-doctoral fellowship program, inviting applicants from scholars working on Africa or the African diaspora. All disciplines will be considered, especially those working on less studied areas. This residential fellowship for the academic year, worth $45,000, also includes a stipend of $42,000, $1,000 for research, up to $2,000 for travel expenses, and health insurance. Application deadline December 1, 2015.

Application linked here:

https://www.lsa.umich.edu/daas/resources/grantsfellowships/duboismandelarodneypostdoctoralfellowship

french institute of south africa

The French Institute of South Africa finances up to 2,000 Euros for research in the Human and Social Sciences on Southern Africa. All applicants will be taken into consideration, however research pertaining to archaeology, history, memory, democratic transformations, urban dynamics, and resources will be given priority. Application deadline December 1, 2015.

Application linked here:

https://networks.h-net.org/node/28765/discussions/94031/call-funding-application-2016-french-institute-south-africa

huggins-Quarles award

The Huggins-Quarles Award is given to one or two graduate students of color by the Organization of American Historians. This award will help them with travel expenses related to research for the completion of their PhD dissertations. If there is one recipient, the OAH will award $1,500. If there are two recipients, $750 will be awarded. Application deadline December 1, 2015.

Application linked here:

http://www.oah.org/programs/awards/huggins-quarles-award/

Schomburg center scholars-in-residence program

This 6-month scholar-in-residence program, offered by the Schomburg Center, assists scholar’s research in the black experience. The program encourages studies pertaining to black culture and history. This program offers access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other centers of the New York Public Library, as well as a maximum stipend of $30,000. Application deadline December 1, 2015.

Application linked here:

http://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/fellowships-institutes/schomburg-center-scholars-in-residency

 

Funding Roundup – October 2015

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A number of great funding opportunities with rapidly approaching deadlines are listed below. We will update this blog post as we learn of other opportunities with October deadlines. Please let us know of any that aren’t listed here.

DEADLINE: October 20, 2015

2015 Royal Air Maroc-ASA Student Travel Award.

The award, which provides complimentary round-trip airline tickets between the United States and any Royal Air Maroc (RAM) destination in Africa (a list of destinations can be found on the RAM website [the list includes Bissau, Luanda, and Ilha de Sal]), is given every year at the African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting.

The award will be given to competitively selected students who have displayed outstanding scholarship in their area of study. Award tickets may be used to facilitate research, study abroad, and/or travel home for African students studying in the United States.  Students from Africa pursuing studies and/or conducting research in the United States, and students from the United States pursuing studies and/or conducting research in Africa are eligible to apply for the award.  Application deadline October 20, 2015.

Applications linked here:

ASA members nominating their students can submit their nomination here.

Students nominating themselves can submit their application here.

 

IAAR Brown Bag – “The Voter Education Project and the Financing of the Black Freedom Movement: The Case of Monroe, Louisiana, 1963-1966”

The UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of African American Research (IAAR) begins its 2015-2016 series of graduate student brown bag lectures with a presentation by Evan Faulkenbury, PhD candidate in the UNC-CH Department of History.  The talk will be held on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 12:00pm in Room 309C of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

Faulkenbury’s talk is titled “The Voter Education Project and the Financing of the Black Freedom Movement: The Case of Monroe, Louisiana, 1963-1966” and all are welcome to attend.

The Stone Center Library staff has prepared a bibliography to accompany this lecture, the PDF of which can be found here.

IAAR Faculty Fellow Lecture – ‘Traffic Stops in Black and White’

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The UNC Chapel Hill Institute of African American Research (IAAR) is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Frank R. Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill, on the racial disparity in traffic stops in North Carolina between the years 2002 and 2013.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7pm in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.

In collaboration with Professor Baumgartner, the Stone Center Library has prepared a list of resources that have informed this presentation.

More information can also be found on Professor Baumgartner’s dedicated website: http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/traffic.htm