The Steve Fund is thrilled to partner with the National Center for Institutional Diversity on the next round of Pop-up Research & Scholarship grants! Pop-Up Grants provide an opportunity for scholars to actively engage in diversity research and scholarship around emerging or re-emerging social issues and quickly disseminate findings to the public.

Announcement from NCID:
Diversity scholars (with priority given to members of the Diversity Scholars Network) are eligible for this opportunity. Scholars may apply for up to $2,000 in funding for a 6-month grant period. Grant recipients will receive support in planning and executing a dissemination strategy.

Grant recipients will submit a draft for NCID’s Currents publication (hosted by Michigan Publishing). Currents seeks to connect diversity scholarship to practice in education and society.

We welcome proposals that focus on the topic of mental health among marginalized communities.

There has been an increase in prevalence of mental health issues among students, which can be a detriment to the students’ academic performance and general well-being. Academic leaders have identified mental health as their number one concern and are searching for evidence and guidance to better support students. Mental health issues can particularly affect those from marginalized populations, such as people of color, low-income people, LGBTQ individuals, disabled people/people with disabilities, and immigrants. We are looking for scholars to further our understandings around the experiences of marginalized populations and their mental health. Understandings of this concept may be approached in various ways. For example:

  • Barriers and strengths (e.g., related to structural, social, cultural, and identity processes)
  • Relational contexts (e.g., families, peers, natural mentors, networks, especially those not usually included as relevant to well-being)
  • Space and place (e.g., attention to climate in broader campus and day-to-day academic and social contexts, attention to region, digital media, virtual spaces)
  • Innovative interventions that may tie some of the above together
  • Historical approaches to understanding mental health among marginalized individuals
  • Cultural production that promotes and addresses mental health
  • Creative approaches to understanding mental health

Given the timeframe and goals of this opportunity, proposed projects must have IRB approval. We strongly recommend that scholars use existing data.