Graduate Student Grant Participation Opportunities with the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is excited to offer graduate student and faculty opportunities to participate in our small grant programs!  Selected participants for our Programs receive a stipend for their participation.  While these grant 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.  We hope for strong participation from the MSI community. 

Please forward this information as you deem appropriate, especially providing awareness to MSI schools, faculty, and students.  Thank you for your support in circulating alertness to these opportunities!

Sandell Grant Program

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement income and policy research. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior scholars or senior scholars in a new area from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement income issues.

· Up to five grants of $45,000 will be awarded for one-year projects.

· Proposal guidelines are at http://crr.bc.edu/about-us/grant-programs/steven-h-sandell-grant-program-2/.  

· The submission deadline is January 31, 2017.

Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement income and policy research. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide funding opportunities for doctoral candidates from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge research on retirement income issues.

· Up to five fellowships of $28,000 will be awarded.

· Proposal guidelines are at http://crr.bc.edu/about-us/grant-programs/dissertation-fellowship-program-2/.

· The submission deadline is January 31, 2017.

Research Projects on Determinants of Life Expectancy by Income and Geography, and Implications for Social Security Policy

The National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER), seeks applications for research projects that deepen our understanding of the mechanisms explaining geographic variation in the relationship between income and life expectancy in the United States, by using recently released statistics from the Health Inequality Project. In this call, with funding support from the Social Security Administration through the NBER Retirement Research Center, we encourage proposals that leverage the newly released data to better understand the reasons for the strong relationship between income and life expectancy, its geographic variability, and its implications for interventions and policy.

·  Faculty or faculty-student teams may request a total of up to $25,000. Graduate students may request a total of up to $12,500.

· Proposal guidelines and details are at http://www.nber.org/programs/ag/funding.html.

·  he submission deadline is February 1, 2017.

 

 

A Time for Reflecting on What We are Most Thankful for

By: Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D, Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education and Acting Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs

During this season of giving thanks, I reflect on my gratitude list – a wonderful family, good health, great friends and new adventures.  Also, I count the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on my list. Over generations and still today, these institutions open the doors of opportunity to so many.

I am grateful for the chance to work with our nation’s HBCUs – urban and rural, two and four year, research campuses and teaching focused institutions – that educate more than 300,000 students annually. True to their mission, they focus on building diverse leaders equipped and committed to improving our nation. Our HBCU graduates continue to make their mark across multiple fields including as innovators, educators, doctors, civil rights champions and true advocates for children.

In this year, I have witnessed HBCUs answering our nation’s call. As President Obama challenged institutions across the country to produce a million more STEM graduates, HBCU leaders joined with industry leaders at Tuskegee University to talk through recruitment, retention and work placement for STEM students – taking on the challenges and taking through the most promising solutions.

When the U.S. Department of Education issued a call for innovative education practices focused on student success among low income students, campuses like Spelman College and Delaware State University were selected through a competitive process to advance this important work. And when we sought partners to implement our Pell grant experiments in high school dual enrollment and prison education, again, HBCUs like Jackson State, Benedict College, Wiley College, Langston University, and Shorter College were among the campuses that raised their hand to serve students and measure success.

Our HBCUs have been a vital component of America’s social fabric for over 150 years. They have had a glorious past, but it is up to us to ensure that they have a glorious future.

To support that vision, the White House Initiative on HBCUs is working to build the capacity of these institutions. We are expanding access to best and promising practices to lift student success. We are working directly with campuses and federal partners to promote their research capacity to engage in competitive federal contracts and we have reached out to federal and business partners to build pathways to employment through internship opportunities for our talented HBCU students, including emerging opportunities with the technology and entertainment industries.

We are also in our third year of our HBCU All-Star program, which opens additional doors of opportunity to students who have been recognized for their academic, leadership and service commitment, giving them the ability to advocate for education and completion.

That HBCU Pride was on full display last month when campus leaders, our HBCU All-Stars and federal and business partners gathered for the National HBCU Week conference. During our time together, we explored challenging issues like race, law enforcement and education justice; discussed access, affordability and completion; talked about student mobilization through a dynamic student and celebrity panel; and planned for deeper service and international student engagement.

Talent development in this country is foundational for our democracy and transformative for our students. So in this season for giving thanks, I am grateful our HBCUs are educating, serving and answering our nation’s call as bellwethers for change developing new leaders.

Webinar: Resources at The Education Trust, November 4th at 10AM ET

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) is hosting a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and opportunities available to them throughout the federal government.

This webinar will provide participants with information about resources at The Education Trust. The Education Trust (ED Trust) is a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students. The goal of ED Trust is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people

Attendees will gain an understanding on the use of data analytics as a tool for increasing student success. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU and all MSI communities are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions.

Please join the White House Initiative for HBCUs, Opportunities at The Education Trust webinar at!

For Audio Dial: 877-917-2515

Participant passcode: 9279183

To join online: . Go to https://educate.webex.com/educate/k2/j.php?MTID=tf37b231d2d2f2f2412a4a6d88c490a6a

Session number: 744 884 594
Session password: education1

*Windows must use Internet Explorer v9 or higher

*MAC must use Safari

Thank you in advance for participating in this webinar!

WHIHBCU Staff

Peace Corps Celebrates Service at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

THURSDAY: Peace Corps Celebrates Service at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 27, 2016 – On Thursday, November 3, the Peace Corps will visit Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee to speak with students and Floridians about the value of making a difference through Peace Corps service. This event serves as one of the many stops found on the Peace Corps’ two-week tour of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the East Coast.

Peace Corps will be joined by other federal agencies and non-profit organizations, including the Department of State, the Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture, USAID, City Year, and the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities, to discuss the opportunities and benefits that result from international service.

WHAT:          Peace Corps event at Florida A&M University

WHEN:          5:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, November 3, 2016

WHERE:       Perry Paige Auditorium, 1740 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32301

RSVP:            Media interested in attending this event can RSVP to Emily Webb at ewebb@peacecorps.gov.

Florida is the fourth highest Peace Corps volunteer-producing state in the nation, with 299 residents of the Sunshine State currently serving overseas. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 7,842 Floridians have served overseas.

There are currently five FAMU graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Nepal and Zambia and 79 FAMU graduates have served overseas since the Peace Corps was established.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visitwww.peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Webinar: Federal Funding Opportunities with the Social Security Administration

White House Initiative on HBCUs Presents

Federal Funding Opportunities with the

Social Security Administration

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

12:30PM to 2:30PM (EDT)

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) is hosting a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and opportunities available to them throughout the federal government.

This webinar will provide participants with information about federal funding opportunities at the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA offers several funding opportunities to graduate students and junior faculty through its Retirement Research Consortium (RRC) and Disability Research Consortium (DRC). These programs target researchers from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines at several stages of their research careers. This webinar will provide an overview of RRC and DRC funding opportunities along with information about submission guidelines and important dates for each of the programs.

Additionally, we plan to provide reference information on internships and opportunities for students and recent graduates.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the programs available and how to apply for these funding opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU and all MSI communities are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions.

Please register for the White House Initiative for HBCUs: Federal Funding Opportunities at SSA webinar at: http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1301210/71102346B8245AC19495B62ABD0DD211

Thank you in advance for participating in this webinar!

Peace Corps Teams Up with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities for East Coast Tour

Peace Corps Teams Up with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities for East Coast Tour

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 13, 2016 – This fall, the Peace Corps has partnered with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and several other federal agencies to launch a two week tour of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the East Coast that will inform students about opportunities to live, learn, and work with communities overseas. As part of the tour, the Peace Corps will travel across eight states in the Peace Car to join the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and USAID in speaking with students, faculty and graduates about international service at 15 HBCU campuses.

During the tour, the Peace Corps will join administrators at Savannah State University on October 31 to officially launch the university’s Peace Corps Prep program

                                    The Peace Car

The Peace Car will be stopping at the campuses listed below. To keep track of its travels at Howard University and Savannah State University, follow the Peace Corps on Snapchat at the username peacecorps.

Fall 2016 HBCU Peace Car Tour:

Pennsylvania
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Cheyney University in Cheyney, PA

Maryland
Friday, October 21, 2016 – Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD

District of Columbia
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Howard University in Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Howard University in Washington, DC

Virginia
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – National HBCU Conference in Arlington, VA
Monday, October 24, 2016 – National HBCU Conference in Arlington, VA
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – National HBCU Conference in Arlington, VA
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA

North Carolina
Thursday, October 27, 2016 – North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC

South Carolina
Friday, October 28, 2016 – Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC

Florida
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL
Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL

Georgia
Saturday, October 29, 2016 – Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA
Monday, October 31, 2016 – Savannah State University in Savannah, GA
Friday, November 4, 2016 – Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA
Monday, November 7, 2016 – Spelman College in Atlanta, GA
Monday, November 7, 2016 – Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA
Monday, November 7, 2016 – Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA

About the Peace Corps:  The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter.

 

NSF Update – HBCU involvement in INCLUDES

Please find below information about the involvement of ten HBCUs in five of the 37 recently-announced NSF INCLUDES awards. INCLUDES is: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science, a new initiative that aims to improve access to STEM education and career pathways at the national scale, making them more widely inclusive to underserved populations. Over the next decade, NSF will expand the program, with the goal of developing a science and engineering workforce that better reflects the diversity of U.S. society. (Press release: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?org=NSF&cntn_id=189706&preview=false)

 

Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad!

Study abroad is a transformative experience that provides young Americans with the skills and knowledge they need to contribute to a global society, solve global challenges, and compete in a global economy; however some U.S. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) lack the capacity to offer this opportunity to undergraduate students.

Here is an opportunity for HBCUs “study abroad.”  http://partners.net/capacity-building-grants