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The Institute supports the scholarly, community development, and educational activities of UIC faculty members whose work focuses on race, ethnicity, and public policy. Applications are welcome from all disciplines across the University, including the arts, humanities, education, social work, urban and policy studies, health sciences, and social sciences. Junior faculty and those from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The Visiting Scholar Program

Each year the Institute hosts a Scholar-in-Residence whose work examines the policies, practices and ideologies that perpetuate racial and ethnic injustice in the contemporary United States. This program provides rich opportunities for the visiting scholar to exchange ideas and develop relationships with UIC and Chicago scholars. Moreover, their presence invigorates and enhances the work being done at IRRPP and on UIC's campus. For more details on this program, read about our current and former Visiting Scholars.

Faculty Fellowships

These fellowships are designed to support research activities by funding course releases for UIC faculty members up to $7,000.00. The deadline for 2014-2015 Faculty Fellowships is Friday, October 25, 2013. To learn more, read about our Faculty Fellows and download the 2014 - 2015

Faculty Scholar Grants

These awards fund research projects of UIC faculty members with up to $5,000.00 per semester for individuals and up to $10,000.00 for research teams. The deadline for 2014-2015 Faculty Scholar Grants is Friday, October 25, 2013. Learn more about these grants by reading about our Faculty Scholars, and download the 2014 - 2015

Policy & Social Engagement Fellowships

The Policy & Social Engagement Fellowship (PSEF) encourages faculty to use their knowledge and skills to participate in and inform public debates and policy processes. The fellowship provides up to $10,000.00 to teams of faculty-community collaborators for year-long policy projects. Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are due by March 7, 2014. You can learn more about the PSEF by reading about our current and former PSEF Fellows. Download the 2014 - 2015 PSEF application. download

Co-sponsorship Grants

The Institute supports the dissemination of research on race, ethnicity, and public policy with grants of up to $500.00 for events developed by UIC units or community organizations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed at the beginning of each month of the academic year except January. Applications are now closed for Spring semester of 2014, but one may still download the guidelines. download

Other Funding Resources

Bi-annual workshops by Francesca Gaiba, Associate Director for Research at IRRPP provide guidance on how to successfully search and apply for funding for research projects on race and ethnicity. Each workshop is targeted toward graduate students or faculty members. Watch these presentations and download the powerpoints for more funding insights.