Funding Support for Addressing Systemic Racism

After the murder of George Floyd earlier this year, the Center for Transnational Justice made a public commitment to refocus its resources to address issues of systemic racism.  As a first step toward fulfilling this commitment, CTJ is announcing a series of funding opportunities for faculty and students for 2020-2021.  

These opportunities seek to support innovative work on issues of systemic racism that are locally and nationally salient and where understanding can be informed by the experiences of other countries. The Center is particularly interested in proposals that address racial injustice in the following issue areas: policing and police reform; social movements, violence, and protest; economic inequality, healthcare, and environmental justice; and immigration, refugees, and human trafficking.

 

Funding opportunities  

 

Course revision support: CTJ is offering awards of $500 for faculty proposals revising existing courses to better address issues of systemic racism. To be considered for this round of funding, the course must be scheduled for the spring 2021 semester. Proposed revisions can include but are not limited to: adding new course units, revamping readings in the entire course, modifying student assignments, and incorporating innovative teaching resources.  Proposals consist of an application letter describing the proposed modifications, the current course syllabus, and a letter of support from the faculty member’s department chair. The submission deadline is November 6, 2020.

 

Conference registration support: CTJ will cover the registration fees for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student participation in virtual conferences (national and international) addressing issues of systemic racism. Proposals consist of an application email describing the conference, the applicant’s role, and a conference website link. Conferences must take place before June 15, 2021. There is no submission deadline and registration fee support will take place as long as budget conditions allow.  

 

Research support: CTJ is offering awards of up to $1000 for faculty and up to $500 for graduate and undergraduate students to help cover non-travel costs for innovative research on issues of systemic racism. Proposals consist of an application letter describing the project, a budget page, and CV/resume. Student applications must also include a reference letter from a faculty member. Funds must be expended by June 15, 2021. For consideration in the first round of awards, proposals must be received by November 16, 2020.

      

Workshop support:   CTJ is seeking proposals for innovative virtual workshops that bring together faculty, students, and local community members with counterparts in other countries to address issues of systemic racism. Workshops are expected to lead to deliverables such as policy briefs, reports, special issues of academic journals, or edited volumes. Proposals consist of an application letter describing the workshop, a list of invited and confirmed participants, a budget page, and a page on planned deliverables. Funds must be expended by June 15, 2021. The submission deadline is December 1, 2020.

                                                                  

All inquiries and application materials are to be submitted to Dr. H. Richard Friman, Director, MU Center for Transnational Justice (h.r.friman@marquette.edu).