About the Ebony Initiative

The Ebony initiative recognises the importance of the intellectual contribution that is made by racialised students, in the UK academy and globally. The programme aims to nurture black scholars by focusing on community-building, mentoring and other forms of support

EI Writing Retreat 2022
EI Summer Institute 2022
EI Summer Institute 2022

The Ebony Initiative seeks to address the broken pipeline of black students progressing to PGT, PhDs and academic positions in UK HE, which has been documented by several reports including The Broken Pipeline – Barriers to Black PhD Students Accessing Research Council Funding (2019) written by Leading Routes

At the PGR level, the programme takes a multi-pronged approach providing academic skills-building sessions, community-building spaces, career mentoring and funding support and guidance. At the UG level the programme focuses on building research skills, introducing students to research degrees, peer-2-peer mentoring and a faculty-guided summer junior research placement. The programme is being run by faculty members who have extensive experience working with BAME students and equality initiatives in the UK HE sector and draws up black academics within and beyond SOAS.


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