Conference and Research Funding

The Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) offers grants to University of Rochester faculty and graduate students to support their research in the field of Black studies.

Proposals may include expenses like travel to professional conferences (in cases where the applicant is on the program), travel for research purposes, and expenses connected with research and course development.


Fall submissions must be received no later than December 17, 2019.

Spring submissions must be received no later than April 10, 2020.

Submission Materials

To apply for a research grant, please submit a:

*Letters of support are only required for graduate students.

Submit an Application

Applications can be emailed to, faxed to (585) 256-2594, or mailed to:

Research Grants Committee
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
Morey 311
RC Box 270440
Rochester, NY 14627-0440