Funding Opportunities

UC-HBCU Initiative - Current Activity

The Office of the President is very pleased to announce the 2017-18 Request for Proposals for the UC-HBCU Initiative. This system-wide initative is designed to assist UC faculty interested in developing and encouraging efforts to achieve a more inclusive educational environment of excellence. The goal of the UC-HBCU Initiative is to increase the number of scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities completing UC academic doctoral programs. UC faculty grants are available to support HBCU students conducting summer research with UC faculty at a UC campus. Funds are also available to support departmental efforts to facilitate increased applications from HBCU scholars to UC PhD programs. Beginning last cycle, Principal Investigators may include 1/9 (1/12 for UCSF PIs) summer salary to help support their efforts. For more information, please visit the UC-HBCU Initiative website.

Since 2012, UC has hosted over 315 HBCU scholars across 9 UC campuses. There are currently twenty-sevent PhD students and two academic master's students enrolled (and three master's student has already graduated) across six UC campuses as a direct result of this initiative. As you know, building relationships and cultivating greater enrollment of HBCU scholars at UC are long-term investments. Project progress reports are required of Principal Investigators and program outcomes are evaluated.

To learn more about the UC HBCU Initiative, please attend the upcoming workshop:

UC-HBCU Faculty Forum

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 PM
HIB 137

If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Anderson-Mekhail (

  1. Watch how UC partnership with HBCUs give studnets a taste of grad school on the UC-HBCU website.

  2. To read an article about UC-HBCU featured in the November 2012 edition of the UC's systemwide newsletter for faculty and staff, click here.

March 15, 2017 (12:00 Noon PT/ 3 PM ET)

Awards will be announced in June, 2017.

For use with the Summer Research Internship Support Grant (1 year award): For use with the Summer Research and Graduate Admission Pathways Grant (3 year award):
Proposals are accepted via:
Proposals are accepted via:
Application Instructions Application Instructions
Narrative (Project Plan) Narrative (Project Plan)
Budget Workbook
(instructions, summary, guidelines)
Budget Workbook
(instructions, summary, guidelines)
Budget Justification Budget Justification
Key Personnel Key Personnel
Biosketch Biosketch

UCI Specific Information
UCI-HBCU Initiative PowerPoint - 2017 PPT to be posted after the forum on 2/1/2017
Budgetary: Student housing (email Daniel Fabrega for more information)
Programmatic: Graduate Division Co-Curricular Activities (Boilerplate Text)
UC Proposal Specific
2016-17 UC-HBCU Initiative - Call for Proposals (pdf)
2016-17 UC-HBCU Initiative - Application Instructions & Forms
List of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
UC-HBCU Initiative FAQs

As new information becomes available, we will update this page for faculty and other interested parties who may be considering applying for a grant through the UC-HBCU Initiative.

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Questions regarding this funding opportunity may be directed to the Graduate Studies unit in the UC Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Email Graduate Studies.

Click HERE to visit the UCI-HBCU Archive to see past activity.