Funding Opportunities

Fund for Racial Justice Teaching and Programming

Consistent with its core mission and in solidarity with Rice for Black Life and the various other forms of resistance across the globe, CERCL is accepting proposals for grants up to $3,000 to assist with Rice’s continuing effort to counter anti-black racism and push for a more just society as central elements of its teaching, research, and leadership strategies.

Grants up to $3,000


Application Deadline: Open

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 dissertation proposal or dissertation) are eligible to apply.

$2,500 Stipend


Extended Application Deadline for Spring 2023 semester: December 1, 2022

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

Application Deadline: OPEN

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 up to $2,000


Application Deadline for Spring 2023 Courses: October 21, 2022