2024 Africana Studies Summer Institute to Advance Equity, August 4-8

Call for Applications is Now Open

Africana Studies Summer Institute to Advance Equity through Research on Women and Girls of Color at the University of Connecticut

Africana Studies will host a four-day, residential institute held in-person on the UConn, Storrs campus from August 4-8, 2024. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to and from the University as well as ground transportation from the airport. Housing will be provided, along with meals. Registration fee is $350 US Dollars. Applicants will come from a diverse and competitive pool, including faculty from various disciplines at any stage of their careers who wish to advance equity through the study women and girls of color. The Institute is designed to promote collaboration in developing plans for cutting-edge scholarship, and facilitating ongoing discussions of methodology, data collection, funding sources, and ethical issues.

Convener: Evelyn M. Simien, Interim Director of the Africana Studies Institute

Application deadline: March 10, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 2024.  

Registration Fee is: $350 US dollars (and due by May 1, 2024, 11:59p.m. Eastern Time).

ASI Fellows will:

  • Explore interdisciplinary methods for research and writing,
  • Relate the significance of their research to a broader audience,
  • Network with scholars across disciplines, and
  • Develop a workplan for grants and dissemination of research.


We welcome applicants from all parts of the country and all types of institutions of higher learning: community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, and research-intensive universities.

Programmatic Details:

Up to twenty participants will be selected and invited to attend the 2024 Africana Studies Summer Institute. Each daily session will involve 1-2 experts who conduct research on women and girls of color, highlighting some of the challenges and lessons learned from their work. Presentations will be followed by Q&A. Participants will have designated writing time to work on their research projects, to meet individually and collectively in break-out sessions, as well as interact with guest speakers. Participants will also be taught techniques for making the writing experience more productive and less stressful with guided support.


Contact the Africana Studies Institute at africana@uconn.edu