Fellowship Programs

The Center for Black Studies Research (CBSR) is pleased to announce the 2024-2025 competition for Faculty and Graduate Students small grants to support research. Funds are competitive and limited. Our focus for this round of grants is on interdisciplinary research that is aligned with the Center for Black Studies Research priorities. These awards are funded through the kindness of the Vice Chancellor’s Office of Research at UCSB.

Application submission dates are September 2023 through March 2024. We are only accepting applications through our online submission system.

Faculty Fellowship Program

All award recipients will become CBSR fellows. Award recipients must provide a one-page narrative summary of accomplishments, published manuscripts and grant submission information associated with the CBSR.

Full time tenure track faculty of all ranks who are currently employed by UCSB. Awardees will become fellows and faculty affiliates at the CBSR. Priorities will be given to research projects that will lead to external funding from foundations or federal funding.

Application deadline is March 1st, 2024. We are only accepting applications through our online submission system (see link below).

Award Details:
Awardees are invited for a one-year appointment as a Faculty Fellow. The program starts September 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. Fellows can use the funds in the following ways:

  • Equipment and Supplies directly associated with the proposed research
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Research Assistant

Proposal should include:

  • Project title and abstract (250 words max)
  • Proposal narrative, including: (a) description of project and research questions, (b) significance of the project, including theoretical framework, (c) research methods, and (d) specific plans and timeline and outcomes (2 pages)
  • References (1 pages max)
  • Detailed budget and budget justification (1 page)

Fellows will be required to submit a one-page quarterly report in December 2024, summarizing their activities as a Fellow and the outcomes of their research funded under this initiative, as well as copies of all presentations and papers (draft and submitted for review, or published) related to this research. They must address the impact their research has had on furthering the strategic goals of the College and Campus. Awardees will be asked to present to the CBSR.

Applications for Faculty Fellows are reviewed by the Advisory Council members, based on the evaluation criteria indicated below: 

  • Clearly identified and well motivated research problem with appropriate grounding in current research literature and theory.
  • Quality of research design, use of appropriate data collection methods and procedures for examining the problem.
  • Quality of research design for data analysis.
  • Potential contribution to field of education, and/or to College or University Strategic Initiative.
  • Potential impact on the applicant's career.
  • Feasibility of the proposed project, taking into account the scope of proposed data collection and data analyses, IRB and data collection logistics, and commitments of collaborators, as relevant.
  • Potential for obtaining later external funding.
  • Potential to promote collaborative research across departments within the College of Education or across the College and another academic campus unit.
  • Overall quality of the proposed work

How to Apply:
Applications will be submitted online under the CBSR Fellowship Application. We also advise applicants who are graduate students and faculty advisors to carefully review the application before submitting it.

We are currently not accepting applications for Faculty Fellowship program.

Graduate Student Fellowship Program

​We are currently not accepting applications for the Graduate Student Fellowship Program.

Undergraduate Fellowship Program

At the CBSR, undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to participate in our interactive faculty-student research program. Participants have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on one of a variety of established research projects of their choice. This program aims to serve as an introduction to research for students and fosters undergraduate research work experience as students continue to pursue higher education at UCSB.

**All undergraduate research fellows will be paid employees under the CBSR

How to Apply:
Submit a resume and personal information to our online submission system:

​We are currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Student Fellowship Program.