Research Awards and Opportunties

Research Awards and Opportunties
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MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP)

Apply NOW - Applications close on 2/4/2017  

MSRP Eligibilty Requirements

The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.

MSRP began in 1986 as an institutional effort to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering and science in the United States. Today, this program’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and underserved (e.g. low socio-economic background, first generation) students in the research enterprise.

MSRP seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, conducting research under the guidance of MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.

Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Emerging Scholars Making Connections Research Awards

Up to three 12-month awards of $10,000 each will be made to emerging scholars of color as part of the
Emerging Scholars Initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (, which is devoted to
developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and
health outcomes. The Emerging Scholars Initiative is part of Expanding the Bench®, a core strategy of
the Foundation’s Research, Evaluation and Learning (REAL) Unit. This strategy aims to increase the
number of historically underrepresented researchers and evaluators of color such as African Americans,
Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and underrepresented Asians. 

Fourth International CREA Conference Call for Papers

Save the Date: September 27-29, 2017
Call for Papers Deadline: February 20, 2017
The Center for Culturally responsive evaluation and
assessment (CREA) at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign is located at the College of
Education, Bureau of Educational Research. It is an
interdisciplinary endeavor that brings researchers together
from across the College and University, as well as
domestic and international research partners, to address
the growing need for policy-relevant studies that take
seriously the influences of cultural norms, practices, and
expectations in the design, implementation, and evaluation
of social and educational interventions. 

Call for Letters of Intent for Two New Programs Focusing on State Early Childhood Policy Being Piloted by SRCD

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking letters of intent for two new State Policy Programs
that it will be piloting in 2017-2018: the Pre-doctoral State Policy Scholars Program in Early Learning, funded by the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
and the Post-doctoral State Policy Fellowship in Early Childhood, funded by the
Heising-Simons Foundation
. Planning for these pilot programs has been carried out by SRCD's Committee for Policy
and Communications in collaboration with the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium (CFP Consortium).
This work reflects the newly formalized collaboration between SRCD and the CFP Consortium.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students

Minority students have long been underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities. There are many complex reasons for lower enrollment and graduation rates among minority students, not the least of which is financial hardship and lack of access to traditional educational support networks.

Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

College enrollment rates are rising among Hispanic men and women in the United States. Recent data from the Pew Research Center shows that 2.2 million Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree program in 2015; this figure represents a threefold increase since 1993. This rise in postsecondary attendance is largely attributable to the nation’s growing Hispanic population and a sharp decline in the high school dropout rate among this demographic. According to the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), the percentage of college students who identify as Hispanic rose from 4% to 15% between 1976 and 2012. Hispanic students reached a new milestone in 2012 when, for the first time, Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college at a higher rate than their Caucasian counterparts. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates one in four college students will identify as Hispanic by 2020.

Scholarships for African American Students

Attending college and completing a degree are important academic goals for any student. Unfortunately, there is a pronounced racial gap in enrollment rates at top colleges and universities around the country. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics reveals that fewer than 65% of African American high school students attend college, compared to 70% of white students.

Affordability is a concern for all college-bound students, including African Americans. Fortunately, a number of scholarships and financial aid opportunities are earmarked specifically for their demographic. Several organizations offer even more specific aid opportunities, such as scholarships for African American women.

Published on December 15, 2016