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Funding Opportunities

Scholar-in-Residence @ African American Library at the Gregory School

CERCL, in partnership with the African American Library at the Gregory School is pleased to offer two residential fellowships for scholars whose research benefits from access to Houston Public Library special collections (particularly the Gregory School archives).

$3,500 Stipend

2020 Scholar-in-Residence Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

2020-22 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for African American and African Studies

Fondren Library and the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) seek a Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American Studies to lead efforts to curate digital collections focused on African American activism and cultural expression in Houston. This fellowship presents a unique opportunity to hone expertise in community archiving and data curation, as well as to work with local organizations such as Black Lives Matter Houston, the Community Artists Collective, and groups addressing the legacy of convict leasing in managing their own digital collections. The Fellow will be co-housed in Digital Scholarship Services and in CERCL. He or she will collaborate actively with the Woodson Research Center and other colleagues on building, describing, and preserving archival collections in digital and physical formats.


Recent Ph.D.s with expertise in any aspect of African American and/or African Studies.

Salary & benefits: $67,500 per year; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; health insurance.


Application Deadline for 2020-22: January 10, 2020

Course Development Grants

Each semester CERCL accepts proposals for grants to encourage new courses or the update of existing courses in line with the goals of the Center.


Rice University tenured and non-tenured faculty and qualified graduate students (based on teaching requirements within their departments) are eligible to apply.

Grants not to exceed $2,000


Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Courses: February 28, 2020

African American Religious Studies Forum Fellows Program

A program for graduate students whose research presents and promotes innovative scholarship related to the study of African American religion. The AARSF Fellows Program provides opportunities for graduate students working in African American religion to: (1) present their research; (2) add to the CERCL Archive in the Woodson Research Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library.


Rice University graduate students who are in the writing phase of the program (e.g. working on the thesis, dissertation proposal or dissertation) are eligible to apply.

$2,500 Stipend


Application Deadline for Fall 2020 semester: March 27, 2020