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The Social Justice Research Center’s mission is to support research with a social justice focus. Scholarly/professional support funding is available to scholars who are pursuing professional experiences relevant to pursuing research with a social justice aim. These experiences can come in the form of research support (such as books or data analysis software), data-collection support (such as funding for field work to collect data), etc. The SJRC offers this funding on an annual basis through the application process outlined below.
In addition to yearly research support, the SJRC also considers requests for smaller, co-sponsored funding amounts throughout the academic year. Requests for Collaborative Funding should be made using the Google form listed below. Consideration of Collaborative Funding Requests takes place on a rolling basis and there is no guarantee of support. Please allow the SJRC 1-2 weeks to reply.
Social justice grows out of the history of the Civil Rights Movement and draws on decades of work in Anti-Racist, Black and Ethnic Studies, and Women's Studies. Social justice utilizes a vocabulary and framework that considers the dominant or targeted social group identities of participants within an analysis of social hierarchies. Many social justice scholars bring a level of analysis including (but not limited to) a) attention to understanding the social forces and institutions that support inequity in social systems as well as the interpersonal behaviors, individual attitudes, or beliefs that reflect and also help to perpetuate unequal social relationships; b) acknowledgement of the inter-relatedness of phenomena and thereby employ multiple lenses including historical, political, cultural, economic, legal, etc.; and c) value and affirmation of multiple perspectives and points of view including the use of counter-narratives. Social justice research attends to problems of oppression and generates strategies for working toward their resolution. Social justice research also requires scholars to attend to modes of inquiry as well as their implementation.
 (see also Adams, Bell, & Griffin, 1997)
All SJRC members are welcome to apply for funding. Undergraduate or Graduate Students must include a letter of support from their advisor. While additional funding is not required, it enhances the application. Note that submitting this application is not a guarantee of support.
NOTE: Funding opportunities through the SJRC are currently on hold. We are unable to accept requests for annual supplementary or collaborative funding at this time. Please check back at this website for future updates or contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with inquiries. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this period of transition.
2021 Collaborative Funding Requests:
2021 Collaborative Funding Request Application Form
2021 Supplementary Funding Application Form and Documents:
2021 Application Form
2021 Timeline of Yearly Research Support Application Process:
March 1: proposals due
April 1: 2021 SJRC awarded scholars announced
April 14: 2021 SJRC scholars meeting