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Advancing Black Research & Scholarship

Over the past year, York University, with the help of community members, has intensified its efforts to address systemic anti-Black racism at the University.

In February 2021, York University met with more than 200 Black community members and other stakeholders. Those consultations led to the creation of two significant documents: Addressing Anti-Black Racism: A Framework on Black Inclusion and the Action Plan on Black Inclusion, a living document intended to guide and focus work across the Institution.  

The Action Plan outlines specific deliverables across thematic areas that will guide the University in addressing systemic anti-Black racism. The Offices of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) and the Vice-President Equity, People & Culture (VPEPC) are committed to supporting and implementing specific initiatives to advance excellence and inclusion in research, including: 

  • Ensuring that Black scholarship is represented in the curriculum, research, information sources and collections in all disciplines.  
  • Ensuring that Black excellence in research is recognized in awards and in selection of research chairs.  
  • Supporting specific initiatives, including those that build Black studies research that addresses anti-Black racism and strengthens Black studies research in Faculties and organized research units.  
  • Increasing funding for scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial aid in support of Black students.  

Call for Applications: York Black Research Seed Fund

The York Black Research Seed Fund will provide $150,000 in funding and mentorship to support the research of Black scholars. The fund aims to promote equitable and inclusive funding to set roots for research projects and support future growth.  

The fund has two streams:  

The Open Research Fund provides three awards, at $25,000 each, to support funding for three Black Scholars for a duration of 24-months. 

The Collaborative Research Fund provides three awards, at $25,000 each, to support Black early career researchers who plan to collaborate with a Black scholar on a 24-month research project.  

Both funds are open to all Black scholars, but preference is given to emerging and early career researchers to help advance their research projects. 

The fund is supported by the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President Equity, People and Culture.

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 31.  


Tejas Kittur for inquiries about the application form.

David Phipps, Assistant Vice-President Research Strategy & Impact for inquiries about the program.

Funding to support Organized Research Units that are dedicated to advancing Black scholarship 

The Office of the VPRI and the Office of the Vice-President Equity, People & Culture (EPC) has committed $100,000 in addition to operation funding, to support the activities of two Organized Research Units at York: The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas.  

  • CERLAC is a York University-based hub for inter- and multidisciplinary research on Latin America and the Caribbean, their diasporas, and their relations with Canada and the rest of the world.   
  • The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas is the preeminent, interdisciplinary centre for research, both historical and contemporary, on Africa and its global diasporas.