Grants, Fellowships & CFPs

Racial Capitalism 2018 Graduate Summer Research Fellowship

Event Date: Friday, May 18th, 2018

Sponsored by: Mellon Research Initiative on Racial Capitalism

Only Graduate Students completing their terminal degrees (PhD and MFA) are eligible for this grant, fellowship, or residency. Applicants should have a clearly defined research project.

Award Amount: Up to $3,000

Award Announced: early June 2018

The Mellon Research Initiative on Racial Capitalism invites proposals from UC Davis graduate students for summer funding whose work engages with aspects of racial capitalism. These include but are not limited to questions of racialized and gendered labor; racialized geographies and uneven formations of capital; political, cultural, and aesthetic activist responses to socioeconomic formations of racial capitalism.

Funding may be used to support archival/fieldwork research travel and expenses or writing and project development support (including living expenses).

How to Apply:

Submit completed application materials via email to, with the subject line “2018-19 Graduate Summer Fellowship Application.”

All applications should include the following information:

  • Project Description (up to 500 words) Describe the work to be carried out in summer 2018. Share how the summer project relates to your overall research agenda and the relevance of your research to topics of racial capitalism.
  • CV (max 2 pages) Include name, email, degree program, and main advisor contact.
  • If applying for archival/fieldwork research travel, provide an itemized budget and brief narrative of how funds will be used to carry out research work or travel in summer 2018.
  • Please list any current and pending sources of support from UC Davis for your 2018 summer research

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Importance of research question and academic relevance of topic;
  • Degree to which the project is related to the analytic or topics of racial capitalism;
  • Clear, achievable activities that address the broader research plan;
  • Potential broader social impact of research.
  • Following the interdisciplinary aim of the initiative, selections will be made with an eye toward maintaining disciplinary diversity.

Awarded graduate students are expected to share results of their summer work during the 2018-19 academic year.

For more information please contact: Mark Jerng,

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