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Graduate Research Fellowship

No Room for Racism
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Racial Equity Graduate Research Fellowship - Call for Proposals

Deadline:  November 13, 2020

The Steans Center for Community- based Service Learning in partnership with the Center for Black Diaspora seeks to support a Racial Equity Graduate  Research Fellowship that aims to support African American DePaul graduate students in conducting focused, community-based research on efforts to promote racial equity in Chicago.​

The Research Fellowship is for an African American graduate student and talented racial justice advocate interested in research focused on one or more of the following areas in partnership with a community organization: solutions to police violence targeting Black Lives, policies that counter systemic racism, and efforts to positively transform institutions that condone white supremacy.   The Fellow is expected to become a knowledge expert who can contribute to research and practice to advance social change strategies and anti-racism campaigns locally.  The fellowship is competitive and applicants should devote a sincere effort to their application.


Under the guidance and supervision of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning the 2020-21 Graduate Research Fellow will work with one or more mission-driven community organizations that addresses systemic racism affecting Black Chicagoans who struggle in communities for freedom, justice, and equality.

The emphasis of this fellowship is on applied research, highlighting work being done to promote racial justice with and by community-based organizations in the Chicago region.

Applicants should be able to state clearly the general purpose and specific objectives, what they propose to do, the significance related to racial justice, the approach related to their academic area or the interdisciplinary approach, and what results or products they expect to be generated. Proposals should:

  • Have an existing connection to a partnering community organization that is working on racial justice, broadly defined. This includes partnership with organizations that counter systemic racism through policy making; the creative arts and music; through education; community gardens; housing, etc.  
  • Define clearly the roles of the student and the partner community organization in the research project. 
  • Explain how the project was co-created with a community organization and how the organization plans to utilize the research results.
  • Describe the relationship between the research project and the students' academic and professional/career interests.

The Graduate Research Fellow will work 100 hours during Winter term and will receive a $2,000 stipend through the Steans Center.  In addition to the $2,000 fellowship, the Graduate Fellow will receive through—the Center for Black Diaspora— five hours weekly of research support as well as administrative support: this includes access to the Center's Reading Room (containing a collection of approximately 2,500 books and 250 films), photocopying privileges, and access to a quiet contained space to work.  In return, the Graduate Research Fellow will provide a documentation of time and activities during the Fellowship and a written summary research report. 


To apply, send your cover letter and resume to:  If you have questions, please contact Barbara Smith at