The Office of the President is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Request for Proposals for the UC-HBCU Initiative. This systemwide initiative is designed to assist UC faculty interested in developing and encouraging efforts to achieve a more inclusive educational environment of excellence. The goal of the UC-HBCU Initiative is to increase the number of scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities completing UC academic doctoral programs. UC faculty grants are available to support HBCU students conducting summer research with UC faculty at a UC campus; and also support departmental efforts to facilitate greater faculty collaboration between UC and HBCU institutions and to increase applications from HBCU scholars to UC PhD programs. Again this year, Principal Investigators may include 1/9 (1/12 for UCSF PIs) summer salary to help support their efforts during the summer(s) in which the projects are active. These funds are being provided by each of the chancellors as a commitment to valuing faculty work, on behalf of inclusive excellence, at their campus. We hope this will facilitate faculty continuing to undertake this important work. President Napolitano and I worked together this year to strengthen UC pathways to doctoral study and faculty opportunities. As a result, President Napolitano approved an increase in funding for UC-HBCU faculty grants, which we hope will attract even more faculty to apply for this opportunity.


Since 2012, UC has hosted over 480 HBCU scholars across 9 UC campuses. There are currently forty-seven PhD students and six master’s students enrolled (three PhD and five master’s students have graduated) across seven UC campuses as a direct result of this Initiative. As you know, building relationships and cultivating greater enrollment of HBCU scholars at UC is a long-term investment.


Please share the information below with faculty on your campus and encourage them to apply. A PowerPoint tutorial (pdf) is attached for faculty interested in applying.


RFP Application Instructions and Forms Additional Resources
2018-19 UC-HBCU Initiative – Call for Proposals (pdf) 2018-19 UC-HBCU Initiative – Application Instructions & Forms Faculty Applicant Webinar
    Information on HBCUs, including links to lists and contact information
    Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

The Initiative is in direct support of Appointment and Promotion review and appraisal criteria as established in the Academic Personnel Manual:

APM 210 – https://ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-210.pdf. This effort also supports the Diversity Statement, adopted as policy in 2007, by the UC Regents. Thus I want to be sure faculty are made aware of this important opportunity. I appreciate your attention and assistance on behalf of this Initiative.