Author: US Dep. of Edu. Staff       Published: 12/7/2021    WHIHBCUs

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U.S. Department of Defense

The OUSD(R&E) HBCU and Minority-Serving Institutions (MI) Research and Education Program is pleased to announce awards totaling $15 million for two HBCUs to establish Centers of Excellence (COEs) in Biotechnology and Materials Science.  A merit competition conducted by the DoD HBCU/MI Program.  The COE in Biotechnology is awarded to North Carolina A&T State University, an HBCU in Greensboro, NC. The COE in Materials Science is awarded to Morgan State University, an HBCU in Baltimore, MD.

To read more about the new COEs, please access the press release through the following link:


EPA Environmental Justice Video Challenge!

What: We just launched the Environmental Justice Video Challenge for Students. The challenge asks student teams from colleges and universities to submit a video that demonstrates innovative approaches to identify and characterize an EJ issue(s) in a community using data and publicly available tools. Participants will have the chance to win cash prizes and other benefits.

Date: The challenge is open now through April 1, 2022. We have an informational webinar on Dec. 6 where folks can learn more about the challenge and ask questions.

Social media: Our first social media post is up here if you can would like to retweet:

Upcoming Virtual Events

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Scholars Program

Throughout the year, the SEC seeks bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for our Scholars Program in our Washington, DC and regional offices. We offer paid internship opportunities that enhance careers by providing robust responsibilities and experiences to undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

In partnership with the SEC’s Office of Human Resources, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion is excited to host an upcoming Webex session designed to share information about our agency’s Scholars program, application process and helpful tips for interested candidates.

For more information, view the flyer here: 2021 OHR SEC Scholars Program Evite Dec 508’d.pdf

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U.S. Department of Energy

Research and Stem Training Opportunities Webinar

View the flyer here: DOE Webinar

Are you interested in research and STEM training opportunities? The webinar will focus on research funding and training opportunities sponsored by the Department of Energy, Office of Science (SC).

The representatives from various SC program offices will serve as panelists. The webinar is an opportunity to listen to and collect feedback from the community.

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Opening Stage Doors

Opening Stage Doors – a free virtual theatre workforce convening held December 7th-9th from 12pm to 6pm ET each day. Curated by a team of arts leaders from around the country, this first-of-its kind event will spotlight current programs training young people and adults for careers in arts administration and technical trades. Keynotes and sessions will surface tools to make short term and long-term shifts, and work to collectively envision a more equitable industry. Participants gain practical skills and discuss a deeper change to the way we work as a field.


Here is the link to register for the event —

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NASA MUREP Aerospace High Volume Cooperative Agreement

DEADLINE EXTENSION AND WEBINAR! NASA’s MUREP Aerospace High Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative Agreement (MUREP High Volume) has extended the proposal deadline to December 10, 2021. This award is an opportunity for your Minority Serving Institution (MSI) to help address the bottleneck in domestic aerospace high-volume manufacturing created by the increased interest and demand for unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and urban air mobility applications.

To review the solicitation requirements and the previous teleconference recording and slides, visit the High Volume NSPIRES page. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to support strengthening the resiliency and capacity of American manufacturing and supply chain.

Student Opportunities, Internships & Employment Opportunities


Environmental Protection Agency

The vacancy announcement for this position is currently open and is scheduled to close on, January 3, 2022.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please make sure to read the entire vacancy announcement and instructions for submitting all required/necessary documentation to ensure your application is complete and acceptable for review and consideration.

The following job opportunity is being announced within the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Immediate Office, (IO).

To view the specifics of this announcement, please click the following link:

Announcement Number:  RTP-SL/ST-2022-0001               

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Connecting HBCUs to local girls for STEM events!

Are you interested in hosting a high quality STEM event for BIPOC girls and gender expansive youth? Techbridge Girls offers mini grant opportunities (up to $5000) for applicants who are interested in helping to expand our network of girl-focused STEM events. All are welcome to apply, however we are particularly interested in applicants who host events in: Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Northern VA; Settle, WA; Atlanta, GA; Prince George’s County, MD, OR are connected to an HBCU or HSI.

Techbridge Girls has a 20+ year history of equity-focused STEM curriculum for BIPOC girls* and gender expansive youth. We catalyze the capacity of schools, nonprofits, and STEM-connected associations and groups to reach more girls, provide high-quality STEM experiences, and inspire girls to STEM careers.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please submit this form no later than December 30, 2021. Only online applications will be accepted.

*TBG welcomes all girls and gender expansive youth! We provide space for cis girls and trans youth, gender non-conforming and/or non-binary youth who experience(d) girlhood as a part of their journey.


Securities and Exchange Commission

Join Us for a Virtual Information Session on the SEC SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Throughout the year, the SEC seeks bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for our Scholars Program in our Washington, DC and regional offices. We offer paid internship opportunities that enhance careers by providing robust responsibilities and experiences to undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

In partnership with the SEC’s Office of Human Resources, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion is excited to host an upcoming Webex session designed to share information about our agency’s Scholars program, application process and helpful tips for interested candidates

For more information, view the flyer here: 2021 OHR SEC Scholars Program Evite Dec 508’d.pdf

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Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is offering various fellowship and grant opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

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U.S. Department of Labor

Job Opportunities

Please see the link below that includes an announcement in USAJOBS for a VETS Legislative Analyst, GS-0301-9/11/12.  It will be open for 7 calendar days.  Please kindly share this opportunity with your staff, organizations, and others.

Link to DE-22-DAL-VETS-005:


2022-2023 SRCD U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs Call for Applications

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking applicants for its prestigious SRCD U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs for the 2022-2023 academic year. The goals of the federal and state post-doctoral fellowship programs are to:

  1. provide fellows with firsthand experience in federal or state policymaking, implementation, and evaluation;
  2. provide federal and state executive branch agencies and Congress greater access to research expertise on a diverse range of child development topics to enhance evidence-based policy development, implementation, and evaluation; and build a network of experts that bridge developmental science, federal and state policymaking, and practice.

Federal Policy Fellowship Program

There are two types of federal fellowships: congressional and executive branchBoth fellowships are full-time immersion experiences in Washington, D.C., where fellows work as resident scholars within congressional or federal executive branch agency offices. We welcome applications from early, mid-career, and advanced professionals. The online application portal will be open by December 1. Visit the SRCD website for  requirements and to access the application portal. The application deadline for the Federal Policy Fellowship is January 4, 2022, 11:59PM Eastern.


State Policy Fellowship Program

This post-doctoral fellowship is a full-immersion experience, where fellows work as resident scholars in state executive branch agency offices. Fellows will receive support from a state supervisor and an academic mentor during the fellowship experience. The online portal to submit applications will be open by December 1. Visit the SRCD website for application requirements and to access the application portal. The application deadline for State Policy Post-doctoral Fellowship is January 24, 2022, 11:59PM Eastern



Want to connect with a former fellow before applying? We’ve heard from previous fellows that it is helpful to speak with former fellows about the application process and/or their fellowship experiences. View this list of previous SRCD Policy Fellows. Check out these other resources about the SRCD Policy Fellowship Program:

If you need any accommodations for the application process, would like to set up a connection with a former fellow, or have other questions, please contact:


U.S. Department of Agriculture is Hiring!

The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, work experience, room, and board. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is January 31, 2022. See the FY 2022 High School Application (PDF, 1.8 MB) and the FY 2022 College Application (PDF, 833 KB) and contact for more details.

USDA’s 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Program 

There are 35 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities (also known as “1994s”), designated as land-grant institutions through the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994. For reservation communities, these 1994 land-grant institutions help improve the lives and career opportunities for Native students and the communities at large. 1994 institutions support research, education, and extension programs that enhance local agriculture and food production.

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program.

The program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, and books each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food science, natural resource science, or a related academic discipline at one of 35 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.

Trainee and Scholarship Opportunity – Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

The Food Production and Conservation Business Centers (FPAC) has 10 paid training positions, each of which it will provide a scholarship through the USDA 1994 Tribal Scholarship Program. These are intended to lead to permanent employment with the United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program Phone: 202-720-6350 Email: natural reso

USDA is hiring

This announcement is for all Current Students, Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates, Alumni, and Other Job Seekers!!

Interested in a Challenging Career?  Ever Thought About a Career in Agriculture? If so, please view the attached flyer for information on how to apply for a position under the Pathways Program.  USDA FPAC is Hiring!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) mission area has over 600 paid student internships and entry-level career opportunities under the Pathways Program. The opening date for the Student Internship Program is October 12th and the opening date for Recent Graduate opportunities is October 18th.

Apply at! The announcement periods vary for the student internships and recent graduates programs!

Here’s the link to view FPAC positions currently posted:

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U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens

Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022 Contact:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2022 program. This 10-week summer research fellowship is for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM majors seeking to gain experience in energy research. Participants complete a cutting edge research project at one of DOE’s national laboratories or at DOE headquarters under the mentorship of our scientists and engineers. Participants receive a stipend, travel and housing assistance.


2021 U.S.-Brazil Innovation Fund Grant Competition

All higher education institutions in the United States are invited to apply for a grant competition with SENAI (Brazilian National Service of Industrial Training) Higher Education Schools and Innovation Institutes. The competition is sponsored by the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative. Proposals must promote academic exchange and training for students in the fields of: i) Internet of Things (IoT), ii) Cloud Computing, iii) Big Data, iv) Cybersecurity, v) Artificial Intelligence, vi) Environment & Climate Solutions, vii) Human Rights and Public Policy, viii) Health Sciences and Public Health, ix) Education (Technology & Distance/Virtual Ed), x) Biotechnology, xi) Business Development, xii) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), xiii) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The intent of this Innovation Fund grant competition is to award up to six (6) Innovation Fund Grants of up to US$34,250 each to selected proposals co-developed by teams of U.S. and Brazilian eligible institutions (SENAI Higher Education Schools and Innovation Institutes), pending the proposal evaluation and selection process.

Application Period: October 14, 2021 – March 28, 2022

For more information, visit:


HBCU In LA Internship Program NOW OPEN!!

It’s time for us to begin our search for the next cohort of HBCU Scholars and to let the HBCU community know that the HBCU in LA Internship Program application is now open!! I The application officially opened September 10th  and will close December 20, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

Begin your application now HERE!

The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program “HBCU in LA Internship Program” application for Summer 2022 will open September 10th!

We are looking for the best and brightest diverse student leaders to participate in this historic program. It is for both undergraduate and graduate students from HBCUs and other predominantly minority-serving institutions.

This highly competitive program is open to students of all majors with a genuine interest and passion to pursue a career in the Entertainment, Media, Sports, Music, E-Sports, Communication, and Technology industry. Students accepted into the program will be immersed in an 8-10 week intensive internship experience working behind the scenes with major studios, networks, agencies, record labels, production companies, and other leading industry organizations.

Begin your application now HERE!

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The Robert Frederick Smith Applied Public History Fellowship for HBCU Graduates offers a two-year appointment providing advanced training and scholarly support in public history, museum management, outreach programming, and partnership building.

Applications are due January 15, 2022.

For more information, please visit:

National and Federal Opportunities

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U.S. Department of Labor

Grant Opportunity: YouthBuild

The purpose of this program is to fund organizations to provide a pre-apprenticeship program model that encompasses education, occupational skills training, leadership development, and high-quality post-program placement opportunities to opportunity youth. YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who left high school prior to graduation that also have other risk factors, including being an adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, migrant farmworker youth, youth experiencing housing instability, and other disadvantaged youth populations. The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses multiple core issues important to youth in low-income communities: affordable housing, leadership development, education, and employment opportunities in in-demand industries and apprenticeship pathways. YouthBuild programs serve as the connection point to vital services for participants. Key aspects of the YouthBuild service delivery model include meaningful partnership and collaboration with the public workforce development system, education and human services systems, and labor and industry partners. DOL expects applicants funded through this solicitation to have well-established partnerships in place prior to grant award.

The YouthBuild model balances project-based academic learning and occupational skills training to prepare opportunity youth for career placement. The academic component assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skill development in obtaining a high school diploma or state high school equivalency credential. The occupational skills training component prepares opportunity youth for apprenticeship and other career pathways and/or further education or training. It also supports the goal of increasing affordable housing within communities by teaching youth construction skills learned by building or significantly renovating homes for sale or rent to low- income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals.

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U.S. Department of Education

ED/IES SBIR FY2022 Program Solicitations are NOW OPEN

The US Department of Education and Institute of Education Sciences’ Small Business Innovation Research Program (ED/IES SBIR) provides non-dilutive seed funding to for-profit small businesses to develop and evaluate new education technology products to improve education and special education.

On December 1, 2021, ED/IES SBIR released two FY2022 solicitations, including:

  • Phase I solicitation #91990022R0001 which requests proposals for $250,000 awards for 8-months for the research and development (R&D) and evaluation of new prototypes of education and special education technology products. Up to 14 awards are anticipated to be made through this solicitation.
  • Direct to Phase II solicitation #91990022R0002 which requests proposals for $1,000,000 for 2-years for R&D and evaluation of new education technology products to ready existing researcher-developed evidence-based innovations (products, interventions, practices) for use at scale, and to plan for commercialization. The goal of this solicitation is to support the successful transfer of research to practice at scale in education and special education. Up to 3 awards are anticipated to be made through this solicitation. Direct to Phase II projects are awarded without a prior Phase I award.

The submission date for proposals under both solicitations is February 1, 2022.

Please note: During the period of time when the solicitation is open and when the review is occurring, ED/IES SBIR program manager, Edward Metz is not permitted to answer questions by applicants or potential applicants. Questions may be submitted via email to the Contracting Specialists listed within the solicitations. Any responses from the Department of Education will be provided as an amendment on the same website pages as the solicitations are listed.

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Analyzing Relationships Between Disability, Rehabilitation & Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant RFA Released for 2022!

Get funded for your graduate student research project!

Applications for Research Stipends Due: Friday, February 25, 2022

For more information and to apply

Register for the Webinar

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is once again awarding graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation, and disability issues through the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program. The objective of ARDRAW is to foster new analyses of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students.

Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level part-time or full-time graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2022). Selected students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for the one-year program.

Informational WebinarWe will be holding an informational webinar on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm (ET). Interested students and faculty mentors are invited to attend. We will provide a brief introduction to the program, review the elements of a successful application, and answer any questions.

Register for the Webinar

Contact us at with any questions.


U.S. Agency for International Development

We are excited to announce the launch of USAID’s new website,!  This site is designed to make it easier for America’s vibrant small businesses, NGOs, faith-based organizations, minority-serving institutions, diaspora groups and foundations to partner with USAID.  We strongly encourage you to register your organization in the Partner Directory, which will allow your organization to create a profile and connect with others in the development community to more easily forge prime and/or sub-partnerships in acquisition and assistance. Being part of this Partner Directory will also help increase your visibility and capabilities among USAID Missions. Questions? Email USAID’s Industry Liaison team at

USAID Award Opportunity

USAID’s Long-term Assistance and Services for Research Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (LASER PULSE) is pleased to announce the Minority Serving Institutions Request for Application (MSI-RFA) that will fund research awards for collaboration between an existing USAID activity and researchers from Higher Education Institutions in developing countries.  This opportunity calls for innovative, system-level based research and associated research translation that is focused on development challenges linked to USAID Country Mission priority.  USAID invites practitioners and researchers to submit letters of interest (LOI) by 14 December 2021, with Full Applications due on 14 February 2022.  To submit an LOI and/or download the RFA visit:  Questions? Email Dr. Betty Bugusu at

Eligible Lead Institutions: Only Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) as defined by the United States Department of Education are eligible to apply ( as lead institutions for this RFA. MSIs include institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students, or that serve certain populations of minority students under various programs created by Congress.  They include:

  1. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – Founded before 1964
  2. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  3. Alaska Native Serving Institutions (ANSI)
  4. Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (NHSI)
  5. Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPI)
  6. Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI)
  7. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)

This RFA is restricted to USAID partner countries that are not currently on USAID’s FY2021 special notification country list.

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Introducing Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program)

Last month, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm introduced Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) – a new pilot initiative to support communities currently experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels. Under this pilot initiative, DOE will provide technical assistance services valued at up to a total of $16 million to support 24-36 communities to develop their own community-driven clean energy transition approach.

  • Register and Apply. Applicants must register to apply for this opportunity. Once registered, applicants will receive access to apply. The application deadline is December 17, 2021 at 5:00PM ET.
  • Application Questions. Application questions, eligibility guidelines and other need-to-know information can be found in the Opportunity Announcement. DOE issued a final Opportunity Announcement on October 25th.
  • Stay Up to Date. Sign up for Communities LEAP updates on the website.
  • Office Hours. Communities LEAP staff is hosting two “office hour” style webinars for prospective applicants to ask questions as they prepare to apply. Questions will also be answered through Register now:
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9, 3:30pm – 5:00pm EST • Tuesday, Dec. 7, 3:30pm – 5:00pm EST

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Joint IES and NSF Funding Opportunity for National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes

IES has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in a new funding initiative to encourage scientists to focus on research and development of AI-driven innovations to radically improve human learning and education.

As a result of this partnership, IES is providing partial funding for NSF’s National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes – Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce (Solicitation 22-502) under Theme 6: AI-Augmented Learning to Expand Education Opportunities and Improve Outcomes. This theme has two tracks associated with the two IES Research Centers:

  • Theme 6 Track A: AI-Driven Digital Platforms to Expand and Accelerate STEM Learning in PreK-12 Settings. Under Track A, NSF and the National Center for Education Research intend to fund an institute that will advance AI research on digital learning platforms and create next-generation architectures for preK-12 STEM learning. Through this track, researchers are invited to propose to study the design and implementation of AI technologies (such as intelligent/cognitive tutors) that support highly adaptable, personalized, and distributed systems to expand access, equity, and depth of learning across diverse learners, institutions, and settings.
  • Theme 6 Track B: AI-Augmented Learning for Individuals with Disabilities. For Track B, NSF and the National Center for Special Education Research intend to fund an AI Research Institute that will advance AI-driven research and innovations for learners (birth through postsecondary) with or at risk for physical, cognitive, or social and behavioral disabilities, aiming to transform identification, assessment, and support for these learners. This institute will be funded through the American Rescue Plan and proposals must discuss how the work will respond to the needs of learners with or at risk for a disability in an area where the COVID-19 pandemic has further widened existing gaps and/or resulted in decreased access and opportunities for students with disabilities to learn and receive support services.

We strongly encourage education and special education researchers to consider applying to this funding opportunity by establishing partnerships with experts in the field of AI to design a research-based approach to meet the goals of Theme 6.

Please review the full solicitation for more information about each track and additional requirements for this AI Institute. Additional program-related announcements and resources, including information about an upcoming webinar and FAQs, can be found here. Note the following important dates:

  • The deadline for required preliminary proposals is January 14, 2022
  • The deadline for full proposals is May 13, 2022
  • Projects can start as early as June 1, 2023 (For the work focused on students with disabilities (Track B) the start date can be as early as January 1, 2023)

The Institute of Education Sciences is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the IES website, sign up for the IES news flash or follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.