NCBS Annual Student Essay Contest

NCBS Annual Student Essay Contest - 2012

Study Subject: any aspect of the Africana experience (art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues)
Scholarship Level: all students (undergraduate, postgraduate)
Scholarship Provider: NCBS
Scholarship can be taken at: any country (worldwide)

Scholarship Description
The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) is the leading organization of Black/African Studies professionals in the world. NCBS invites students to submit their essay today to compete in the NCBS Annual Student Essay Competition for 2012! Winners will be recognized at the Student Luncheon.

For more than 30 years its members have been at the forefront of driving the development of Black/Africana Studies as a respected academic discipline. The NCBS guiding philosophy is that education should engender both academic excellence and social responsibility. Members include top scholars, community leaders and students focused on a variety of issues related to the African World experience.

NCBS supports their efforts by working steadfastly to:
  • Establish standards of excellence and provide development guidance for Black Studies programs in institutions of higher learning
  • Facilitate the recruitment of black scholars at all levels
  • Promote scholarly Afrocentric research on all aspects of the African World Experience and make this information more accessible to the general public
  • Assist in the creation of multi-cultural education programs and materials for K-12 schools
  • Provide professional advice to policy makers in education, government and community development
Essay Guidelines:
  • Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
  • Must be typed in MS Word, 12-18 pages in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins left-to-right and top-to-bottom.
  • Students are asked to document sources using either MLA or APA style guide.
  • Submissions must be mailed to the address below. Faxed or electronic essays are NOT accepted!
Essay Requirements
Please include the following information on your cover sheet only:
  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Email Address
  • Name of college or university
  • Class status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student)
  • Name of Faculty Advisor
  • Do not include the above information on any subsequent pages of the essay other than on the cover sheet.
Contest Prize
Undergraduate Winners:
1st Place – $350
2nd Place – $250
3rd Place – $125

Graduate Winners:
1st Place – $450
2nd Place – $350
3rd Place – $225

Method of Submission
All essay manuscripts must be received by the deadline date below. Send all manuscripts to:

National Office, NCBS
Department of African American Studies
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4109
Atlanta, GA 30302-4109


Street/Overnight Address
1 Park Place South, #962
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404.413-5131

Essay Submission Deadline: January 20, 2012 (must be received by this date)
Essay Open to International Applicants: Yes

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