Minority scholars have the chance to benefit from state scholarships in humanities
Doctoral students and / or professors can receive $ 5,000 per month for up to nine months of research on human-centered social science topics
A new scholarship in the humanities will be open next year for black scholars and other scholars of color, and unlike previous scholarships, recipients will not have to move to Charlottesville or Richmond for the duration.
The Virginia Humanities Council scholarships will pay $ 5,000 per month for up to nine months to any scholar affiliated with a traditionally black college who wishes to pursue a project in the humanities or human-related social sciences. Fellows will be freed from their daily teaching and other daily educational practices to focus solely on their projects.
“It’s exciting to be a part of something that will undoubtedly enrich the way we understand history and interpret modern inequalities,” Yahusef Medina, associate director of community initiatives at Virginia Humanities, said in a statement. Medina coordinates the scholarships.
During the scholarship, participants will take part in what Virginia Humanities has called “typical academic activities,” such as collaborating with other researchers and sharing their findings. They will also appear on VH’s public radio show and podcast “With Good Reason”, and their work will appear in VH publications.
A difference between this scholarship and others previously offered by the VH Board is that those selected do not have to relocate to the Board Headquarters in Charlottesville or the Virginia Library in Richmond. The council said the non-residency was chosen “to prioritize health and safety” in the COVID-19 pandemic, and to “alleviate the inequalities many academics face in their efforts to lead research while balancing the demands of higher education, related services and family obligations. . “
To be eligible, applicants must be doctoral students, graduates, or current members of one of Virginia’s five historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), which includes Virginia State University at Ettrick. This includes undergraduate and postdoctoral students, as well as full and non-full faculty members. Research topics should be based on the humanities or human-centered social sciences.
The application period is now open and ends on January 7. Winners will be announced in February and the scholarships will begin as early as summer 2022. For more information and to apply for the scholarship, visit VirginiaHumanities.org/Fellowships.
Funding for the scholarships comes from a grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
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