An HBCU Symposium: Promoting & Preserving Our Roots

We are so pleased to announce the debut of An HBCU Symposium: Promoting & Preserving Our Roots. The Symposium Staff, would like to invite you to join us in this Symposium: Wednesday February 10 – Friday February 12, 2016 at Florida Memorial University in Miami, FL.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your institution’s Student Government Association (SGA), Graduate Student Association (GSA), Royal Court, Campus Activities Board (CAB), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and as many other groups or individuals from your individual campus and other HBCUs-at-large who you feel would be both interested in and benefit from attending this Symposium.

As all HBCUs are invited, it is advised that you collaborate with your Office of Student Activities or Affairs in regards to your institution’s participation in the Symposium.

Click here to register. Registration is NOW OPEN!!

Please Contact Marquise McGriff, HBCU All- Star, Florida Memorial Univerisity for additional information!

Marquise McGriff





Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Students Interested in Disability Policy Research

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is excited again to offer graduate students opportunities to participate in our fellowships programs!

SSA’s Disability Research Consortium (DRC) is pleased to announce summer fellowships for graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines.  Mathematica Policy Research, a DRC research center, is administering the program through a cooperative agreement with SSA, and is currently accepting applications for two fellowship opportunities for graduate students conducting research related to disability policy.  These opportunities are funded via the SSA’s DRC.  Applications for both programs are due by Friday, February 12, 2016.  Selected participants for our Programs receive a stipend for their participation.  While these opportunities are available to all graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs, we appreciate your assistance of distributing this information to our Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) student prospects also.  We hope for strong participation from the MSI community.

Summer Fellowship Program and Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Summer Fellowship Program is an opportunity for students in Master’s programs or early in doctoral programs (pre-dissertation phase) to spend the summer of 2016 at Mathematica’s Washington, DC office to learn more about conducting an independent research project related to disability policy. The last two years of this program have been highly successful, and we are looking forward to another fantastic experience for this year’s fellows. Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,500 for their efforts over an eight week fellowship period.

We are also pleased to offer a new opportunity this year. The Dissertation Fellowship Program will offer financial support via a $28,000 stipend to students conducting doctoral dissertation research on topics related to disability policy. This program is geared to more advanced graduate students, and in contrast with the summer fellows program, dissertation fellows will remain at their home institution.  This fellowship will run for a year beginning in or around May 2016.

I have attached descriptions of each program to this email. They contain information on each program’s eligibility criteria and application submission guidelines, as well as contact information for students who may have additional questions. This information can also be found at and Please share these opportunities with graduate students who might be interested!

For additional information on these opportunities, please see the attached.  Please contact Lynn Fisher (, if you have any questions.

Join Dr. Hrabowski to learn more about the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans November 12, 2015 at 11:30 am Barnard Auditorium, Lyndon Baines Johnson Building (US Department of Education)

Please join the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans for a book discussion and briefing with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski highlighting the initiative’s focus on STEM education and Hrabowski’s commitment to supporting the educational excellence of African Americans, featuring his newly released book: “Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement.”

Hrabowski has served as president of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.”  He also was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact by Nov. 4.

Click HERE for flyer and additional information!


NSF Research Traineeships – Proposal Preparation Webinars – November 9, 10, and 17

The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program (NRT) is hosting a series of webinars for prospective proposers.  Webinars will be live sessions where potential principal investigators, university staff, and other interested entities are encouraged to ask NRT program directors any solicitation or program questions they may have.

NRT is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training.  Within NRT there are two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

  • The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, scalable, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.
  • The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption.

More information about the exact times, how to register, staff contacts, and a link to the NRT solicitation is available at:

Available Funding from Department of Justice for HBCUs!!!


Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


Eligible applicants are limited to degree-granting academic institutions in the United States and its territories. To be eligible, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Under this solicitation, the applicant institution must apply as the sponsoring institution for the doctoral candidate conducting criminal justice-related research in a discipline relevant to NIJ’s mission. NIJ may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on December 15, 2015.

Read More Here!

Point of Contact
Kenvin Jenkins

Minority Fellowship Program – Accepting Applications!

SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) team would like to share with you that the MFP grantees have started to accept fellowship applications for the 2016-17 academic cycle. The MFP seeks to improve behavioral health outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of well trained, culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to work in underserved, minority communities. Specifically, the program offers scholarship assistance, training and mentoring for individuals seeking degrees in behavioral health who meet program eligibility requirements. 

Chere HERE to learn more about the fellowships an dapplication periods.


USAID MSI Summit Registration “Fostering Partnerships”

The USAID Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Program promotes inclusion of colleges and universities that are underrepresented in federal programs and activities. The summit speaks to the agency’s goal of increasing participation with these higher education institutions. The intended audiences for the summit are representatives of U.S. minority serving intuitions of higher learning. Other individuals receive invitations pending space availability.

Registration has officially closed; however, there are a few slots left!

— Register HERE!


Mahogany & Blues Babe Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: October 30, 2015

Hallmark’s Mahogany brand and the Blues Babe Foundation, brainchild of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, are providing two $10,000 scholarships to current undergraduate students pursuing a career in the writing arts. Scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university.  Award recipients also will be invited to attend a three-day, all-expenses-paid workshop at Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City during the spring or summer of 2016.

To apply, students must be current postsecondary undergraduates pursuing a career in the writing arts, and must be enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university for spring and fall 2016.

Visit for more information and an application.




Job Opportunities at DOJ

The following OJJDP positions are open until Friday, October 16, 2015:

  • Grants Management Specialist
    The incumbent for this position has the responsibility for programmatic and fiscal oversight, planning, development, implementation, and assessment of OJJDP grant programs that address youth risk behavior, delinquency, victimization, and improvement of the juvenile justice system. Learn more and apply.
  • Senior Social Science Analyst
    This position serves as the Senior Social Science Analyst (Research Coordinator) in OJJDP’s Innovation and Research Division. The incumbent is assigned responsibility for the initiation, formulation, planning, execution, and analysis of one or more complex social and behavioral research programs related to the juvenile justice system, juvenile delinquency, and juvenile victimization. These duties are principally in support of the development, management, and operation of OJJDP’s juvenile justice research and evaluation agenda. Learn more and apply.