Black Feminism Initiative Graduate Fellowships


Description

The CSW Black Feminism Initiative (BFI) has established two fellowships to support intellectual work that centers Black feminist frameworks of analysis. The Alisa Bierria Graduate Fellowship in Black Feminist Research honors and continues the work of Alisa Bierria, whose writing explores race, intentionality, intimate organizing, anti-Black racism, carceral culture, gendered violence, and anti-carceral approaches to justice. The Mariame Kaba Graduate Fellowship in Black Feminist Research honors and continues the work of Mariame Kaba, whose writing examines policing, abolition, gendered state violence, youth activism, organizing and leadership, interpersonal violence, and anti-carceral approaches to justice.

Amount

  • Alisa Bierria Graduate Fellowship: $1000
  • Mariame Kaba Graduate Fellowship: $1000

Deadline

Monday, November 15, 2021

Criteria

  • Applicant must be a currently registered PhD or Master’s student at UCLA during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made
  • Fellowship can be used for research travel, conference presentations, or the acquisition of materials critical for an advanced research project such as a thesis or dissertation
  • Scholarly research that includes an artistic or organizing dimension is also encouraged
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2022. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu.
  • Students receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply

The application requires the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. List of three references that includes names, affiliations, and email addresses
  3. A Statement* (maximum 3-4 single-spaced pages) that includes:
    • a description of your academic background (coursework, degree focus, past creative, activist, or research projects)
    • a description of your research project that explains the work’s methods, arguments and/or guiding questions, and conveys how the project engages with and advances Black feminist thought/politics
    • a bibliography of 5-10 key texts that shape the project
    • a brief, one paragraph budget that itemizes anticipated project expenditures

*Please compose essays that are within the stated guidelines, as review committee members may not be able to read statements in excess of 4 single-spaced pages.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, November 15, 2021.

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Questions?

For questions regarding the Black Feminism Initiative and BFI Graduate Fellowships, please contact the Management Services Officer, Rosa Chung, at rosa@women.ucla.edu.


Past Recipients

Awardees will be honored at an Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2022. Attendance is highly encouraged.