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UC Merced Black Research Fellowship 2020-2021

The enduring legacy of slavery, segregation, racism and oppression in America must be addressed systemically. As we stand in the flames of injustice, merely condemning expressions and acts that dehumanize, silence and kill is not enough. We must go beyond and do more. UC Merced (UCM) is fully committed to addressing the systemic conditions that create injustice, a global scourge that has been perpetuated over centuries.

 

 

The “UC Merced Black Research Fellowship,” funded by the Office of the Chancellor, is a piloted fellowship program housed under the Dean of Students Office that provides four $2,500 research fellowships (2020-2021) for the creation of projects that demonstrate a commitment and ability to advance racial justice and black liberation at UC Merced. Projects must be intersectional and address: anti-blackness, anti-black violence and policing, historical trauma and radical healing and/or black excellence and success.

Eligibility:

  • UC Merced undergraduate and graduate students (must have a faculty project advisor), staff, and faculty. Awardees must be in good standing with the university.
  • Available for the Fellowship Term: December 1, 2020-May 7, 2021
  • Demonstrated commitment to and interest in advancing racial justice and black liberation at UC Merced.

UC Merced Black Research Fellowship Requirements:

  • Create, implement and complete approved research project by May 7, 2021 demonstrating a commitment to advancing racial justice and black liberation at UC Merced. Projects must be intersectional and address: anti-blackness, anti-black violence and policing, historical trauma and radical healing and/or black excellence and success.
  • Complete Fellowship Term: December 1, 2020-May 7, 2021.
  • Attend four 30-minute check in’s with the UC Merced Black Research Fellowship Committee throughout fellowship term.
    • Jonathan Grady, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
    • Armando Contreras, Assistant Dean of Students
    • Dania Matos, J.D., Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer
    • UCMBA Faculty Representative
    • 2 Additional Faculty Representatives (senate/non-senate)
    • Staff and Faculty of Color Association Representative
    • Pan-Afrikan Council Student Representative
  • Present at the Spring 2021 Virtual Black Excellence Research Fellowship Symposium on May 7, 2021.

Application Requirements:

  • Application Components:
    • Black Research Fellowship Contact Information Form
    • Black Research Fellowship Proposal
      • Project Title
      • Project Description (500 words maximum): Fully describe how the project addresses racial justice and black liberation at UC Merced.
      • Objectives and Significance of Proposed Work: Why is your project significant and urgent? What do you hope to accomplish? What questions do you plan to explore? How can your project inform systemic change at UC Merced?
      • Methodology: How do you plan to accomplish and fulfil noted objectives?
      • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Form: All human-subject research, and all other activities that in part involve human-subject research, regardless of sponsorship/funding, must be reviewed and approved by the UC Merced IRB before initiation. Please review the following site if you think your proposed project will require IRB approval: https://rci.ucmerced.edu/irb
      • Timeline for Completion: How will you ensure your project is completed and ready for presenting by May 7th?
      • Budget Justification: How will you utilize the $2,500 fellowship? Funds may not be used for fundraising events, debt reduction, grants or scholarships to individuals, basic academic research or travel to present at conferences or for general operating costs for existing programs, organizations, units or departments or any other exceptions to policy.  Funds cannot be used for alcohol, gifts, stipends or lobbying.

    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • One-Page Valuing Black Lives Commitment Statement- Prompt: What do you feel is one pressing issue at UC Merced as it relates to racial justice ant-blackness? Why is this topic important to you?
    • Faculty Project Advisor Agreement Form (only needed for undergraduate and graduate student submitters). If you have difficulty finding a faculty project advisor, please contact the Dean of Students Office (jgrady2@ucmerced.edu)

Fellowship Timeline:

  • The UC Merced Black Research Fellowship Application is Due November 16, 2020 (apply below)
  • UC Merced Black Research Fellowship Informational Sessions Offered (Optional):
    • Meeting ID: 740 499 1232 Password: UCMBRF
    • 10/28/2020 (9:30am-10:00am)
    • 11/03/2020 (12:30pm-1:00pm)
    • 11/05/2020 (3:00pm-3:30pm)
    • 11/12/2020 (11:30am-12:00pm)
  • Applications Reviewed by UC Merced Black Research Fellowship Committee.
  • Awardees notified December 1, 2020 via email.

Download the UCM Black Research Fellowship flyer here