Graduate UD Anti-Racism Initiative (UDARI) Summer Scholars

The UDARI Graduate Summer Scholars program provides highly motivated graduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a research or creative project based on race, anti-racism, or racial justice. The project should have a community engagement component or outcome.

Scholars spend 10 weeks during the summer in full-time pursuit of their research or creative projects. 

Graduate students can use it for original research on their MA thesis or dissertation projects on race, anti-racism, or racial justice.

Or, graduate summer scholars can apply to pursue a UDARI project such as studying UD’s Black history by conducting oral histories or by examining UD’s 19th land records to identify former enslavers on whose land the University now sits; working at a local Delaware museum, historical house, or other institution to help uncover Black, Latinx, or indigenous histories or by helping to decolonize the collection; or any other project including in the sciences that fits a focus on race, anti-racism, or racial justice. 

The product should be a paper, article, report, etc. At the conclusion of the program, scholars present their projects at a symposium.

Scholars receive a stipend of $5,000.


Students will assess their projects with assistance from UDARI. They will submit a final report upon completion of the project. 

UDARI Graduate Summer Scholars Application Process

Strong proposals clearly describe an issue that this project aims to address and demonstrates the community engagement component or outcome.

A faculty recommendation is required, and can be submitted in the application form. The faculty member can also email the recommendation directly to Leann Moore at

Priority will be given to students who have already established a project. Finally, proposals should indicate how the student plans to build on this research through their academic studies or career.

The application for Summer 2024 is closed.