SSRC Arts Research with Communities of Colour in USA 2022

For the 2022/2023 academic session, the Social Science Research Council is seeking letters of interest from early-career scholars for the SSRC Arts Research with Communities of Color (ARCC) Fellowship in the United States.

 SSRC Arts Research with Communities

Observing and participating in organization meetings, aiding with administrative activities, conducting oral history interviews, and building archive systems are all examples of ethnographic labor.

All fellows will engage in regular professional learning community events, such as seminars and check-ins, with the program’s research advisory committee and SSRC personnel, in addition to their ethnographic investigations.

Fellows are required to create resources that will help the participating organizations as well as publish on elements of their study for both academic and general audiences.

Worth of Award for SSRC Arts Research with Communities

  • For the 12-month study term, each fellow will earn a salary of $70,000.
  • They’ll also get up to $15,000 to help with relocation (if necessary), research set-up, and participation in any pre-research activities like workshops and other meetings.

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  • Early-career social researchers with a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline in the social sciences or humanities are eligible for the fellowship. Anthropology, arts management, sociology, history, art history (including performing arts disciplines), arts education, and political science are only a few examples.
  • Doctoral degrees must have been granted no sooner than January 2016 and no later than December 2021 for prospective fellows.
  • Applicants must have done extensive ethnographic or equivalent qualitative research with community-serving or cultural groups. It is advantageous, but not necessary, to have worked with groups of color in the arts. ​
  • The fellowship demands a full-time commitment, and potential fellows will be required to take a leave of absence from other work for the period of the fellowship. When a fellow is partnered with an organization that is situated outside of their home city, they will be expected to spend substantial time embedded with the organization.

In a similar vein,

  • The best option is to relocate to the organization’s home city. Alternative arrangements may be available in certain cases, based on a variety of factors, and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All fellows must be able to demonstrate their capacity to build and retain trust in communities such as those represented by the participating arts groups.
  • Early-career academics of color will be given preference, particularly those who have proven familiarity with the organizations’ cultural, linguistic, and/or geographical contexts.
  • Participating organizations will be Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latinx, Arab American, or Asian American/Pacific Islander arts organizations that were founded by (in either artistic or administrative leadership) and for Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latinx, Arab American, or Asian American/Pacific Islander communities and still serve those communities today.

How to Apply for SSRC Arts Research with Communities

Applications must be submitted using the online portal and must contain the following information:

  • Application form available online
  • A two-page letter of interest that answers the following questions:
  • What makes you want to apply for this fellowship?
  • This role would this fellowship play in your long-term professional plans?
  • It was the nature of your previous ethnographic research experience and/or work with arts or community-serving groups of color?
  • Which community(ies) do you consider yourself a part of or acquainted with culturally, linguistically, and/or regionally?
  • What role does your study have in understanding and tackling social justice challenges, particularly in the context of community groups of color?

an overview of the applicant’s current CV (two pages). Schooling and job skills, relevant research experience, honors and awards, professional affiliations, language abilities, and a list of no more than five relevant publications should all be included in CVs.

Deadline: The deadline for letters of interest for the SSRC Arts Research with Communities of Colour Fellowship is November 19, 2021.

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