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Up to $9,500 to support research and demonstration activities that promote the understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement with an emphasis on children in grade levels K-8. 

The Kenneth B. and Mamie Clark Grant was established in 2003 to honor the Clarks and to perpetuate their work as pioneers in understanding the psychological underpinnings of race relations and in addressing social issues such as segregation and injustice.

The Clarks were the first and second African-Americans to receive PhDs from Columbia University. Their famous doll experiment, in which they asked children to express their likes and dislikes about brown- and white-skinned dolls, led the Clarks to conclude that the segregation in schools and society was psychologically damaging to the children. These studies are believed to be the first social science evidence considered as hard fact by the U.S. Supreme court, in Brown v. The Board of Education Topeka.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate student
  • Familiarity with the Clarks’ work is essential:
    • Kenneth Bancroft Clark, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.
    • Mamie Phipps Clark, Manuscripts Division, New York Public Library, New York.
    • Markowitz, G & Rosner, D. (1996). Children, Race and Power : Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s Northside Center. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia

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The deadline for applications is June 15, 2019. Please free to distribute this call as you see fit.

APF welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds with respect to age, race, color, religion, creed, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and geography.