Faculty Fellowship Program

Program description: The IAAR Faculty Fellowship supports research by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty who are pursuing rigorous projects that focus on African Americans and others of African descent in the world. Projects demonstrate engagement with timely approaches, theories, and methods as well as policy and public interest. The fellowship is open to full-time clinical, research, tenured and tenure track faculty in the any discipline. In addition to receiving funding or course buy-outs, fellows are housed at IAAR for a semester or academic year. They also give one public talk about their research during the tenure of the fellowship.

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Visiting Scholar Program

Program description: The Visiting Scholar Program provides an unpaid short-term residency opportunity for academic researchers who are based at other institutions and wish to make use of the IAAR and UNC’s resources toward the support of their research projects. Visiting Scholars must be working on projects that support the IAAR mission to cultivate engagement with critical questions and innovative and timely studies about people of African descent. Scholars may be in residence at the IAAR for anywhere from one week to one academic year. The length of a scholar’s visit is determined by the IAAR director on a case-by-case basis, and is contingent upon the scholar’s needs and IAAR available resources.

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The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

Program description: The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) prepares undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to diversity to become future graduate students and faculty members at universities and colleges in the United States. A program of IAAR since 2002, MURAP fellows spend ten weeks at UNC working with a faculty mentor who guides them in an independent and original research project. Since its inception in 1989, MURAP has trained more than 400 students, with more than half of the program’s alumni going on to pursue graduate studies at UNC and other universities across the country. MURAP receives generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as UNC’s Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Dr. Rosa Perelmuter, who is Professor of Romance Studies, is the program director.

For more information about the program and how to apply as a student or faculty mentor please visit murap.unc.edu

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Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Program description: The Graduate Student Brown Bag Series, begun in 2013, is a monthly graduate student colloquium series that allows graduate students in any discipline to present their research to a community of scholars and peers.  Intended as a professionalization opportunity, the series is designed for students to gain the practice of presenting research to a public audience as well as receive feedback on their work. .

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Graduate Student Summer Research Grant

Program description: Graduate Student Summer Research Grant (GSSRG) provides funding to masters, predoctoral and professional graduate students in any discipline who are conducting research as part of their degree requirements. Students’ research projects must concern African Americans or the broader African diaspora and have clear relevance to IAAR’s mission.

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