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.

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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.

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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.

NIST Awards Funding to Advance Standards Education

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded seven grants totaling more than $490,000 to universities in five states to advance standards education. Under the Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program, recipients will work with NIST to integrate instruction related to standards and standardization into undergraduate and graduate curriculum at U.S. colleges and universities

NIST Awards Funding to Advance Standards Education

NSF Day at Spelman College – November 4, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Spelman College are pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming NSF Day to be held on  Nov. 4, 2015 on the campus of Spelman College.

NSF Days provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding for science, engineering and education research. This day-long workshop will provide background on the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. During the day, we will give an overview on proposal writing, NSF’s merit review process, and programs that fall within our seven scientific and engineering directorates, as well as funding opportunities that cross disciplinary boundaries. NSF representatives will be on hand to answer questions and to host discipline specific breakout sessions to personally engage in discussions with attendees.

REGISTRATION: Register online and pay the registration fee in the amount of $70* immediately, as space is limited, but not later than close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to