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The Institute of African American Research welcomes applications for its 2015 Summer Graduate Research Grant. Funds support research that concerns African Americans or the broader African diaspora. While the IAAR especially seeks to fund projects that focus on the well-being and security of black communities anywhere in the world, students working on projects on any topic concerning African Americans or the African diaspora may also apply. Grants will be awarded for up to $2500.

Predoctoral and professional school graduate students in any discipline are eligible to apply. Students must be in good standing and have completed four semesters of graduate coursework toward a doctoral or master’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Research must be carried out between May-August 2015. Award recipients will be required to give a talk in the 2015-2016 IAAR Graduate Student Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Application Instructions:
To apply, students should upload the following materials on the IAAR’s application portal by March 15, 2015:

  • Completed application form (
  • Curriculum Vitae, no longer than 3 pages
  • Two-page proposal including a research budget

Applications also require a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor. The letter should confirm that the student is in good academic standing and address the merits of the student’s proposed research project in the student’s discipline. Letters can be emailed to

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