RIC Summer Undergraduate Collaborative Research Grants Available

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The Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship is pleased to announce the availability of two undergraduate research grants for the Summer of 2023 ($2,000 each). This opportunity is open to students in any JHU undergraduate class who will be continuing into the Fall 2023 semester and who are interested in conducting humanities or social-scientific research. This opportunity is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation.

This research grant is designed to enable undergraduates to engage in original research in collaboration with, not just on behalf of, a faculty member. For undergraduates seeking self-directed research opportunities using JHU’s archival holdings under faculty supervision, we encourage applying to the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award.

Research topics should fall broadly under core thematic areas like racism, immigration, citizenship, colonialism and empire, the African Diaspora, Asian and Asian American studies, Latinx studies, global indigeneities, critical carceral studies, and Black Baltimore culture and history.

This grant is not designed for faculty seeking a typical research assistantship. Instead, it is designed to aid students and faculty members to collaborate on a topic of mutual interest, with the ultimate goal of producing a collaborative product in the future, which could range from a co-authored op-ed to a scholarly article and/or a thesis or other large-scale project by the student growing out of this collaborative work. Preference will be given to projects that include a public-facing component, consistent with the missions of RIC and Inheritance Baltimore.

Eligible faculty collaborators include members of RIC and the Center for Africana Studies, as well as librarians in the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections Department. Additional faculty may be eligible, provided the research project concerns topics of interest to RIC and Inheritance Baltimore. Priority may be given to teaching/research track faculty members, but tenure-stream faculty are eligible too.

The grant award is $2,000. Students are not required to be in Baltimore during the summer, unless the research itself is taking place in Baltimore. At the end of the grant period (i.e., Fall term 2023), students should expect to give a brief public presentation on their research project, as well as write up a brief report on the experience.

To apply for the grant, students should submit the following via e-mail to Prof. Stuart Schrader by Friday, March 17, 2023:

  • Cover letting explaining the proposed research topic and how the research will be conducted, as well as how the project is related to course work or other work the student has already completed or plans to complete
  • Student résumé

Faculty collaborators should submit a brief letter of endorsement, which will explain the faculty member’s proposed vision of collaborative research and potential products of the collaboration. The endorsement is also due to Prof. Stuart Schrader by Friday, March 17, 2023.

Please contact Prof. Schrader with any questions. Applicants can expect to be notified of the faculty review committee’s decision by April 10, 2021.