Monthly Archives: November 2015

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