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  • The 2023 JRSP presentation and award ceremony recognizes six black young researchers

    The 2023 JRSP presentation and award ceremony recognizes six black young researchers

    On Tuesday, 17 October 2023, the Ebony Initiative celebrated six black undergraduate researchers who had successfully completed its Junior Researchers Summer Program (JRSP) in a well-attended award and presentation ceremony. The JRSP provides black undergraduate students with the tools, supervision and resources to inspire interest in postgraduate study and research-based careers. During the program, participating…

  • Beauty Standards, Social Media and Being a 4C babe.

    I remember the first time I had some sort of attachment in my hair that didn’t match my natural hair texture. I was 3 years old (about a month away from turning 4) and on holiday in Nigeria for my Uncle’s wedding. I had a curly ponytail attached to the end of my hair for…

  • “I didn’t wake up like this…” It seems Black women are the only ones who have to get their done?

    “I didn’t wake up like this…” It seems Black women are the only ones who have to get their done?

    When I was younger (let’s say my preteen years and early teenage years) there were certain songs I would listen to for the purpose of boosting my self-esteem. Beyonce’s “Flawless” was one of them. I had also recently been introduced to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s fiction so hearing her speech on feminism furthered the influence the…

  • Introduction and Reflection on my JRSP Experience

    Introduction and Reflection on my JRSP Experience

    When I applied for the Junior Research Programme, my topic of interest was not hair. It was around the Black diaspora in the U.K. I wanted to explore the identity of Black Britishness, especially in terms of what parts of our “indigenous” cultures we keep, what we adopt from Britishness and also the new things…

  • Apply for the Junior Researcher Summer Programme 2023 by 28th April

    Apply for the Junior Researcher Summer Programme 2023 by 28th April

    The JRSP provides resources and a summer stipend to black undergraduate students to explore a topic of their choice during the summer months. The programme aims to encourage and inspire black UG students to think about postgraduate study and research-based careers, and to support students along that path by introducing them to research skills and…

  • JRSP 2022 Awardees Present Research Projects

    JRSP 2022 Awardees Present Research Projects

    On 15 December, the Ebony Initiative held the closing event of the 2022 Junior Researchers Summer Programme (JRSP) that began over summer. The event which convened JRSP awardees, their project supervisors, their family and their friends marked a fulfilling close to the summer programme and a perfect wrap up of Ebony Initiative’s activities for Term…

  • Managing supervisory relationships: the Ebony Initiative workshop series

    Managing supervisory relationships: the Ebony Initiative workshop series

    Managing supervisory relationships successfully is essential for a successful PhD and an academic career. To help post-graduate students of Afro-Caribbean descent navigate supervisory relationships successfully, the Ebony Initiative is organizing a workshop on Tuesday, 22nd November at 4pm. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the roles and responsibilities of supervisor and student and how…

  • New scholarship for Black British students pursuing an undergraduate degree

    New scholarship for Black British students pursuing an undergraduate degree

    We are proud to announce an exciting new partnership with The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to offer talented Black British students funding to undertake a three-year undergraduate degree programme at SOAS. The Cowrie Scholarship will be awarded to one incoming undergraduate student every three years starting from this 2022-23 academic year.     This year the inaugural Cowrie…

  • SOAS’ Ebony Initiative puts on another Summer Institute

    SOAS’ Ebony Initiative puts on another Summer Institute

    Following the successful run of its summer programme last year, over 60 participants attended the Ebony Initiative’s 2nd Annual Summer Methodologies Institute, which took place this summer under the theme ‘Spiritual, Religious, and Psychological Research Methods’. Participants came from all over the UK with a number of attendees also coming from Europe and North America.…

  • Summer Institute 2022

    The second annual summer institute is set to be another transformative experience for postgraduate and doctoral scholars of colour. Sign up to our summer institute to nurture your mind as you take in words of wisdom from many speakers and are introduced to many different subject fields e.g: research methodologies and literature, intersectionality and art.…