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A Trio of Funding Opportunities to Address Race, Racism and Systematic Inequalities

Provost announces funds to support faculty and graduate student efforts

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As part of Duke’s anti-racism efforts, Provost Sally Kornbluth, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and The Graduate School, is offering three funding opportunities to support faculty and graduate students in research and development around topics of race, racism, racial equity, bias, inclusion and systemic inequalities.

The three opportunities, with links to more information and deadlines, are:

“We are committed to supporting efforts across the university, by both individuals and groups, to contribute to advancing knowledge and understanding of the complex problems around race, racism, and systemic inequalities,” Provost Sally Kornbluth said. “Our faculty and graduate students have the deep expertise and inspiring ingenuity to lead us to new information, insights and recommendations.”

The research grants will support projects by groups of faculty that engage any topic related to the history of the South with a focus on race, racism, anti-racism and freedom/liberation/abolition struggles and the implications of that history for our contemporary situation and the paths that we might take now. The grants will initially support up to two years of research.

The fellowships will support Duke Ph.D. students whose research is focused on an aspect of structural racism and inequality. The fellowships provide a stipend for June–August 2021, plus summer tuition and health fee.

The seed grants provide support for innovative faculty development initiatives within academic units that aim to foster a sense of community and a welcoming and respectful climate for all members. Funds are available for use for up to a year.

In addition to strategic funding from the Office of the Provost, these opportunities include funding support from The Duke Endowment and the Graduate School Annual Fund.

“These are important resources to support our faculty and graduate students,” added Provost Kornbluth. “They complement other efforts such as the Strategic Hiring for Faculty Excellence initiative and are part of our broader university-wide plan to understand and address systemic racism.”

Duke is committed to a comprehensive program combatting racism and racial bias. More information, along with commitments and progress are available on Duke’s anti-racism site.