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Funding Initiative for Multiracial Democracy

Funding Initiative for Multiracial Democracy

This Campus Research Board program supports scholarly and creative work related to the critical examination of multiracial democracy. Funds for this initiative came to the Campus Research Board following the closing of the Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society in fall 2011. Piloted in spring 2012, the Board provides support for proposals that critically engage scholarly and public debates on multiracial democracy in any area of the world. 

A four-person ad-hoc committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research reviews applications and makes funding recommendations to the Research Board. Professor John Caughlin, Executive Officer of the Campus Research Board, serves as ex-officio member of the committee.

Program Criteria

Proposals must articulate the relevance of the project to multiracial democracy. They should engage underrepresented racialized groups; and focus on democratic political systems, civil rights, access to power or political influence, law and legislation, policing, or social justice and equality. For projects that focus on the intersections of race and gender, sexual identity, or religious belief, underrepresented racialized experiences must be included. Proposals should also enhance understanding of, access to, or participation in national, state, or local democratic processes.

Research that only describes, measures, or analyzes marginalized populations or social groups is a lower funding priority.    

Eligibility

Full-time Illinois tenured/tenure-track faculty members are eligible for Research Support Awards. There are four application deadlines each year.

Types of Support

There are three different MRD Awards. Please indicate that you are applying for the Multiracial Democracy Scholarship Award on the "Program Type" page of the online application.

Scholarship Award 
The terms of the award will be the same as those of Research Support Awards; the same rules and application materials apply. Applicants will also be considered for Research Support Awards.

Maximum request: $30,000.

Manuscript Award 
Manuscript workshops for faculty members are designed to significantly strengthen a faculty member’s book manuscript. Preference will be given to requests for manuscript workshops for pre-tenure faculty members. The timing and need, as well as the organization, of the manuscript workshop should be outlined in some detail. Manuscript workshops should be structured to allow ample time for serious and detailed review of the manuscript. The selection of the proposed readers (not to exceed two) should also be explained. Applicants need to provide a brief letter either from an executive officer or a senior faculty mentor indicating the applicant's readiness for a manuscript workshop. Letters should be uploaded to the online application.

Maximum request: $4,000.

Collaborative Award
This award is for collaborative projects and programs between/among campus units that will in some way enhance the research environment.

Maximum request: $30,000.

Application Deadlines

Please carefully review all eligibility and submission requirements before applying. Please note deadlines vary by program.
Submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. on the posted date. Applications submitted after the deadline will automatically be held over for the next deadline.

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