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Research Grant for Junior Scholars Program

NCBS Cutting Edge Gender Research Grants


Junior Scholars

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) is pleased to announce that proposals are now being accepted under the Cutting Edge Gender Research Grants for Junior Scholars Program, made possible with funding from the Ford Foundation.  Five (5) awards of $5,000 each are planned.


This program is designed to fund research by junior scholars whose research stretches the boundaries of the Africana Studies discipline with regard to gender and, thus, can be considered cutting-edge.  Work may be new or in-progress.  A junior scholar is defined as a person who is untenured but tenure-track and within the first 5 years or her or his academic career.  Scholars who apply for this award must be a current member of NCBS. 


Gender-related topics that might be considered cutting-edge include but are in not limited to Black women's activism, sexuality (including LGBTQIQ sexualities), Black women and HIV/AIDS, gender and environmental issues (including climate change, the green movement, and sustainable energy), women of African descent and technology, women of African descent and the new media, women of African descent and globalization, women and understudied Africana spiritualities, and Hip Hop studies.  Even if their research is in-progress, applicants must be able to show how their proposed research represents a new area of inquiry and/or a new perspective within the field of Africana studies as it relates to women or gender.


Recipients of the Cutting Edge Gender Research Grant are required to present their research at the 2010 NCBS conference and to produce a publishable paper, book, or other scholarly product by June 2010.  All awardees are required to submit an article based on their research to one of the two NCBS-sponsored journals - the International Journal of Africana Studies (IJAS) and Black Women, Gender and Families (BWGF) - regardless of the format of their ultimate product (e.g., book, book chapter, journal article, documentary, or creative project).  The $5000 fellowship will be disbursed as follows: $3000 by July 1, 2009, $500 at the NCBS Conference Awards Banquet on March 20, 2010, and $1500 upon submission of a publishable article during by June 30, 2010.


Interested applicants should submit the following as one complete packet:


·         A succinct, one-paragraph (120-word), media ready Abstract of the proposed research;

·         A Proposal describing the research project and clearly establishing its innovative character, not to exceed five (5) double-spaced pages, excluding title page;

·         A Bibliography of key references, not to exceed two (2) double-spaced pages;

·        A Personal Narrative describing why the proposed research is of interest, how it fits in with the applicant's overall program of scholarly research, and the nature of the deliverable to be produced (e.g., book, book chapter, journal article, documentary film, creative work, etc.), not to exceed two (2) double-spaced pages;

·         A complete and current Curriculum Vitae;

·        Two (2) Letters of Recommendation completed by scholarly evaluators and included with the application materials; and

·        A Cover Letter containing your project title plus your complete contact information: name, title, and rank; institution and department; institutional mailing address; preferred mailing address (if different); preferred e-mail address; all contact phone numbers; and a fax number.


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  Completed applications are due on or before June 1, 2009. 


NOTIFICATION:  Announcements of award will be made on or before July 1, 2009. 


NCBS 2010 CONFERENCE INFORMATION:  The 2010 NCBS Conference will be held March 18-20 in New Orleans, LA.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Please contact Dr. Layli Phillips at layli@gsu.edu or (404) 593-3201 for any additional information, or visit our website, www.ncbsonline.org.




Ms. Summer Melay

National Council for Black Studies

National Office

Department of African American Studies

Georgia State University

P.O.Box 4109

Atlanta, GA 30302-4102


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