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Indiana Humanities is offering fellowship stipends to support new research that explores anti-Black racial injustice and structural racism in Indiana— and how Black Hoosiers have responded. 

The fellowship is named after one of Indiana’s most prominent scholars of African American history, Wilma Gibbs Moore and will award $5,000 stipends to support new humanities research. Moore, who died in 2018, was a graduate of Crispus Attucks High School, Indiana University and was an award-winning archivist at the Indiana Historical Society.

Most of what we know about Black Hoosiers is thanks to Moore’s 30 year dedication to Black History News and Notes at the Indiana Historical Society. Now Indiana Humanities wants to continue her legacy and explore Black Hoosier history. 

Indiana Humanities believes that providing context for understanding complex issues can help in understanding and solving them. 

The goals of the fellowship are to understand Black Hoosiers’ responses to racial injustice and structural racism through creative avenues or social groups, increase knowledge on strategies for overcoming racial injustice and document and analyze the policies and actions that created racial inequality in the past or present. 

Proposals from across the fields of humanities are welcomed, including history, philosophy, religious studies, art history, gender studies and more. To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants should be affiliated with a research institution, be enrolled as a graduate student or be a curator or archivist with an organization. Independent applicants are encouraged to apply, but must demonstrate their credibility. 

The deadline to apply for the fellowship is March 31, 2023. For more information, or to apply, email Director of Grants George Hanlin ghanlin@indianahumanities.org. 

Contact environmental reporter Jayden Kennett 317-762-7847 or by email jaydenk@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @JournoJay.

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