Research Development Grants for BIPOC Scholars

SHARP is committed to enhancing the presence of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in its community, and supporting the progression of BIPOC scholars in their academic/research careers. In order to support training and career development, and in a desire to respond actively to the issues of racism and underrepresentation, SHARP is offering five $500 grants to support projects by BIPOC scholars.

In this instance, research support could include, but is not limited to:

  • Defraying the cost of travel to conduct research or present research in progress

  • Development of future scholarly activities

  • Equipment, software, database subscriptions, or other resources essential for research

  • Help towards open access publishing costs

  • Initial project planning and development

  • Professional development courses/workshops

Recipients will be expected to provide a report of approximately 500-750 words within a month of completing their project or reaching a major project milestone (within 12 months of receiving the award). The report will be published in SHARP News. Additionally, awardees must provide receipts/invoices for amounts paid from the award.

The awards
The awards include a $500 grant (paid via PayPal) and a year-long SHARP membership (2021). Recipients will also be allocated a mentor who can support them during their project development. Five awards will be made.

Selection criteria
Applicants will be selected based on the overall strength of their application, and personal statement. Awardees will be selected by a panel based on:

  • A personal statement and overview of the research to be undertaken

  • A broad outline of the research expenses for which the award funds will be used, including a preliminary budget listing estimated costs for specific anticipated expenses

How to apply
Complete the application form: https://forms.gle/mYaFxydutmbS3VHe6
Submit the application by the deadline of 1 September 2020
Successful candidates will be notified by the end of October 2020

Eligibility
To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Self-identify as a Black, Indigenous, or Person of colour

  • Conduct research within the broad field of Book History

Queries
Queries relating to these grants may be addressed to Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Director of Awards (awards@sharpweb.org)