The Social Science Research Council invites applications from early career researchers for two year-long fellowships to conduct qualitative studies of arts organizations founded by, with, and for communities of color in the United States and Puerto Rico. These fellowships will form part of the SSRC’s Arts Research with Communities of Color (ARCC) program and the Wallace Foundation’s current initiative in the arts. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2023.
Fellows selected in this process will work with one of the following organizations (further details below):
The SSRC will appoint 2 new fellows in total to join the 2023 cohort. Fellows are expected to begin their 12-month studies sometime between May and August 2023. The timeline as well as the nature of work to be conducted will depend on the needs of each organization and will be determined in collaborative dialogue between each fellow and organization. This ethnographic work may include observing and participating in meetings of the organization, assisting with administrative tasks, conducting oral history interviews, and working in existing archives or developing archival systems for existing materials. In addition to their ethnographic studies, all fellows will participate in regular professional learning community activities, including seminars and check-ins, together with the program’s research advisory committee and SSRC staff. Fellows are expected to produce materials of benefit to the participating organizations and to publish on aspects of their research for both academic and public audiences.
Each fellow will receive a stipend of $70,000 for the 12-month research period, as well as up to $15,000 to cover costs associated with relocation (where relevant), research set-up, and involvement in any pre-research activities such as workshops and other meetings.
Applications will be reviewed and promising candidates will be scheduled for interviews with the organizations in mid-late February 2023. Successful applicants will be notified of their awards and placements in mid-March 2023.
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