The SSRC Arts Research with Communities of Color (ARCC) Fellowship 2022 is now accepting applications.
The Social Science Research Council is accepting letters of interest from early-career researchers interested in conducting qualitative investigations of cultural groups formed by and for communities of color in the United States for a year-long fellowship.
The SSRC launched the Arts Research with Communities of Color program this year, an endeavor focused on examining how social science research may be applied to communities of color.
Support the networking of early-career academics with one another and with top scholars and practitioners in the area in order to contribute to a vibrant and more equitable arts sector via empirical study, theory formulation, and analysis.
This program symbolizes a shift in the SSRC’s work, with a focus on research ethics and cooperation, academic-community involvement, and a more inclusive vision of social research.
Each fellow will receive a salary of $70,000 for the 12-month research term, as well as up to $15,000 in relocation (where applicable), research set-up, and participation in any pre-research activities such as workshops and other meetings.
Early-career social researchers with a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant subject in the social sciences or humanities, such as anthropology, arts administration, sociology, history, art history (including performing arts disciplines), arts education, and political science, are eligible.
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 involves a full-time commitment for the fellowship year, and potential fellows will be asked to take time off from other jobs during that period.
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.
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 background.
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.
Application for SSRC Arts Research
Applications must be submitted through the online portal and should include:
Application form available online
A two-page letter of interest that answers the following questions:
What makes you want to apply for this fellowship?
What role would this fellowship play in your long-term professional plans?
What was the nature of your previous ethnographic research experience and/or work with arts or community-serving groups of color?
Which communities do you consider yourself to be a part of or acquainted with on a cultural, linguistic, and/or geographical level?
What role does your study have in understanding and tackling social justice challenges, particularly in the context of community groups of color?