SSRC Arts Research with Community of Colors ARCC Fellowship

Opportunity Detail

  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Research
  • Number of Opportunity: 2
  • Eligible Region/Countries
  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study Arts
  • Opportunity ID 13538
  • Funding Type Fully Funded
  • Duration 12 Months

Opportunity Description

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) now accepts applications for Arts Research with Communities of Color (ARCC) Fellowships 2023. The SSRC welcomes applications from early-career researchers for two-year fellowships to conduct qualitative research on arts groups formed by and for people of color in Puerto Rico and the United States. These fellowships are part of the SSRC’s ARCC program and the Wallace Foundation’s current initiative in the arts. 

The Wallace Foundation, in partnership with SSRC, will fund the researchers for 12 months to facilitate primarily ethnographic research projects that match early career research fellows with arts organizations.

This program aims to produce in-depth studies of organizational cultures, histories, and relationships and offer collaborative approaches to the artistic or cultural community they serve. 

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Also, the research will discover how organizations keep their relevance, how they recognize their impact(s)’ insights, and how they define and uphold their resilience, which will contribute to the field of the arts more broadly.

Selected fellows will work with one of the following organizations:


  • Submission Deadline: 6 January 2023
  • Application Review and Interview: Mid-late February 2023
  • Result Notification: Mid-March 2023 
  • Host Organization: Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
  • Funding Organization: Wallace Foundation
  • Location: U.S. 
  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Funding Type: Fully-funded  
  • Number of Positions: 2
  • Degree Required: PhD.
  • Eligible Countries: All 
  • Program Duration: 12-Months (Between May and August 2023)
  • Language Required: English  
  • Field of Study: Art  


Fellows will receive the following benefits of the Fellowship program: 

  • Each fellow will get a $70,000 stipend for the 12-month research term.
  • Up to $15,000 is available to cover costs related to relocation (where applicable) and research setup.
  • Fellows will receive participation costs for pre-research activities, such as workshops and other gatherings.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants should meet the following requirements for the Fellowships: 

  • Be early-career social researchers with a PhD. or equivalent final degree in a relevant field in the social sciences or humanities, including but not limited to arts administration, anthropology, sociology, history, art history (including performing arts disciplines), arts education, and political science; 
  • Fellows must have obtained their PhD. degrees between January 2017 and May 2023;
  • Applicants must have undertaken significant ethnographic or equivalent qualitative research with community-serving or cultural groups of some sort;
  • Finalists should verify their degree status before starting the fellowship term; 
  • Experience with organizations of color in the arts is advantageous but not needed; ​
  • This fellowship demands full-time commitment and an average of 35 hours per week for the fellowship year;
  • In case of matching a fellow with an organization located out of their home city, they must arrange for considerable amounts of time to spend with the organization;
  • All fellows must be able to demonstrate a verifiable ability to build and retain trust among communities such as those represented by the participating arts groups;
  • Preference will go to early-career scholars of color, particularly those who have demonstrated expertise in the organizations’ cultural, language, and regional background;
  • In ethnographic studies, fellows need to participate in regular professional learning, including seminars and check-ins, together with SSRC staff and the program’s research advisory committee;
  • Fellows may ask to join in the organization’s meetings, help with administrative tasks, conduct oral history interviews, and work in existing archives or archival systems for existing materials;
  • Fellows must produce materials that benefit the organization and share aspects of their research for both public and academic audiences.

Documents Required

Fellows need to provide the following required documents:

  • Online application form
  • Maximum two pages letter of interest answering the following questions:
  1. Why is the applicant interested in applying to this fellowship?
  2. How would this fellowship fit into their broader career route?
  3. What is the nature of their prior experience with ethnographic research, in arts, or community-serving organizations of color?
  4. Which community(s) does the applicant consider themselves to be fixed in or linguistically, culturally, or regionally familiar?
  5. How does the applicant see their research as related to understanding and addressing social justice issues, particularly in relation to community organizations of color?
  •  Recent CV (Two pages), the CV must include the applicant’s education, employment background, relevant research experience, awards, professional affiliations, language abilities, and a list of no more than five relevant publications.
  • Applicants must complete answers to the ARCC questionnaire accessible online (approximately 1500 words).

Note: Applicants should complete all essential documentation and the online application form in English.

Selection Procedure

This Fellowship selection procedure is as follows:

  • An independent selection panel will review submissions;
  • The selection panel will evaluate applications based on applicants’ fit with the specific participating arts organizations. Also, against their practical and research experience, cultural and community experience, and commitment to the program’s goals, including impact and equity. 
  • Successful applicants will receive an invitation to a finalist round interview conducted by a relevant community arts organization.

How to Apply?

Applicants should fill out the online application form and upload all the required documents by entering the link below.

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For further details about SSRC Arts Research with Community of Colors Fellowships, please visit the SSRC Website, read the FAQs, SSRC Request for Proposal, or email [email protected]

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