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SAAB Grant Opportunities to Ethnic Studies Minors

September 27, 2018

Our Ethnic Studies SAAB rep, JahAsia Jacobs, has put together a helpful FAQ highlighting the SAAB grant process and how you can submit a grant! Please read below!

Hello fellow Ethnic Studies minors,

I’m representing our department this year on the Student Academic Affairs Board, and I want to tell you more about that. Because you probably think it has nothing to do with you, but it can!

What is SAAB?

Maybe you already know. But in case you don’t, SAAB is a student-run board, made up of several elected officials and a student representative from each department (that’s me).

What does SAAB do?

SAAB meets once a week (Monday nights 6-8), where we hear students give grant proposals for their academic projects. SAAB has the ability to award grants based on the merit of these projects, potentially covering 100% of your costs if you have a cool idea and do the right paperwork. Think conferences, thesis research, visiting speakers, other creative ideas that have something to do with your studies, etc.

Why do you care about this?

This is literally available money to do things that you care about. It seems to me that not a lot of people know about SAAB, which leaves us with even more free money to give you to do things you care about.

How do you submit a grant?

If you want to submit a grant DO IT NOW (or soon), because at this point in the year we have the most money, and you’re more likely to get what you’re asking for (don’t tell anyone I said that).

In order to submit a grant, you will need to get in touch with two SAAB representatives (they don’t have to be me, but one of them can be) at least two weeks before you plan to submit your proposal (a list of SAAB reps can be found on our website).

There are different applications for different categories of grants (Research, Arts & Expression, Conferences, etc.) In-depth instructions for each type of application can be found at:

For more general information, visit SAAB’s website:

You can also e-mail SAAB ( aka Mia Convery) or contact ME at

When should you submit a grant?

Besides “DO IT NOW” , here are some timeline details for submitting grants:

  • All Arts & Expression grants are due on the first and third Monday each month and will be heard within the next two weeks.
  • All Research grants are also due on the first and third Monday each month and will be heard within the next two weeks.
  • All Visiting Scholar grants and Conference grants are heard weekly. These grant proposals are due by 4 pm on Monday and will be heard within the next two weeks.
  • All Programs & Conferences grant are heard weekly. These grant proposals are due by 4pm on Mondays and will be heard within the next two weeks.

What else can I help you with besides grants? (IMPORTANT)

Technically, being the SAAB rep makes me the student liaison between the Ethnic Studies department and the student body. I am supposed to be representing all of our interests, as Ethnic Studies students, to the faculty and relevant administration. So if you have anything going on that you feel like is relevant to your experience as a member of our department, and want your voice to be heard, please come talk to me.

Where can you find me? Shoot me an email at

In conclusion:

I really hope you take advantage of this stuff. We have the resources to give you (and those coming after you) a better experience in a department that hopefully you care about.


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