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Funding for students

In active response to systemic barriers which prevent Black communities' full engagement, access, and sense of belonging across Canadian Universities, the BPO offers three types of funding opportunities for applicants from Black communities and/or pursing Black perspectives in their work. All our award recipients are followed and mentored by our coordinator towards the completion of their pursuits.

 

  • THE BPO SCHOLARSHIPS. This year we offered five scholarships of $2,500, which were available to Black students pursing studies at Concordia University.  Applications for Fall 2021 will reopen in June 2021
 
  • THE BPO RESEARCH AWARDS. Research awards of $1,000 – $2,500 offered to research working groups from Black communities, and/or exploring Black perspectives within the research. Apply Now

 

  • THE BPO PROJECT AWARDS. Project funding ranging from $300 – $1,500 which is available to Black students, staff, faculty and Montreal Black community throughout the year. Apply Now

Funding for faculty, staff, and community affliates

If you have an idea for a project, public lecture, exhibition, workshop or symposium, that highlights Black perspectives and scholarship, the BPO would like to help make your idea come to life.

We accept applications from students, faculty, staff and community afflialtes all across the globe, however we prioritize projects that will impact Montreal Black communities and Black students at Concordia University.

The BPO may contribute $300, $600, $1,200 or $1,500 to your project and all recipients get a consultation with our coordinator who will offer guidance towards the completion of your project and refer you to other campus funding opportunities that you may qualify for.

Proposals are accepted throughout the year. There are no deadlines. However, if you want to use the BPO contribution as matching funds for purposes of an application to a SSHRC Connections grant or similar program, then please allow a minimum of two weeks for response.

Criteria include academic, artistic or community stature of the invited speaker, interest of the topic and potential contribution to the advancement of Black Perspectives at Concordia. We highly encourage projects that highlight local perspectives and eligible expenses may include such items as honoraria, accessibility costs, local transportation, food and space rentals. As we encourage local perspectives we do not cover airfare costs. We also do not cover the cost of renting non-accessible spaces. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework around their project proposal and to include their accessibility considerations (whisper translation, childcare, ramps, etc.)

Please feel free to email us at bpo@concordia.ca if you have any further questions prior to applying.

Support Black Perspectives

The Black Perspectives Office is part of and funded by Concordia University’s Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic. We are also supported by our donors and partners who aid greatly in our capacity to resource Concordia’s Black community.

In early 2020 we received the Montreal 2050 research fellowship from the Faculty of Arts and Science, and in fall 2020, we partnered with University Advancement to participate in Concordia’s Shuffle fundraiser, which raised $20,620 for our Black Mental Wellness on Campus project.

We are always looking to build our network of partners and funders. If you’d like be part of our network, please feel free to contact us at bpo@concordia.ca.

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