BLACK STUDENTS MATTER INITIATIVE
We believe that the ancient world is for
...but the study of it is carried out by primarily by white researchers.
In partnership with ASOR and ARCE
Faculty from minority and underrepresented backgrounds have been identified as some of the most "...productive, innovative and impactful..." members of the academic community. Diversity benefits everyone, but the humanities fields are some of the least diverse in academia.
It's an uncomfortable fact that the various fields of study that make up the broader discipline of "the Humanities" are disproportionately populated by individuals that identify as White - as is illustrated by this graph from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The fields that we fund are no exception to this monochromatic rule, as is helpfully illustrated by this graph, taken from a 2018 article in Scientific American...but how to we encourage Black students to pursue a career path in a field where there is outright hostility, and few role models to emulate?
In an effort to increase diversity among students and faculty engaged in the study of the ancient near east, we offer conference scholarships for Black junior and senior undergraduates who are contemplating further study in the field.
Winners of the Black Students Matter grant receive free conference registration, and two years' professional membership for either the American School of Oriental Research, or the American Research Center in Egypt, and $1,000 towards additional conference expenses. Not only that, but successful applicants are paired with a Ph.D. student or early career researcher who will act as a mentor during the conference, helping them to navigate what can be a deeply daunting experience.
This grant not only provides financial aid for conference attendance, but gives Black students the opportunity to start forming professional networks that are so crucial for developing an academic career.
Applications open accepted from December 1st - January 15th (for ARCE attendees) and April 1st - May 14th (ASOR attendees).