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Translational Science Fellowship


United States

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About the HBCU Translational Science Fellowship
In our translational science work at Hopelab, we seek to tackle the current and unrealized opportunities that exist in the field of adolescent well-being by supporting collaborations that bridge the gap between research and meaningful action. In our work on Black youth mental health, we seek to deepen our learning and connections with researchers focused on adolescent Black mental health and well-being in service to creating more opportunities for translation and application of this work.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have played a pivotal role in the education and equality of Black Americans for almost two centuries—yet these institutions are systemically underfunded. In recognizing the important role these institutions hold and the researchers they host, our fellowship aims to contribute to the support of these researchers and their work. Additionally, HBCUs host a number of researchers whose work centers on promoting well-being of Black youth and communities, and we believe supporting this group of researchers has the potential to spark more innovative solutions that benefit Black youth well-being, open up new network connections and opportunities, and create pathways for innovative collaboration.

We are seeking Translational Science Fellows whose work focuses on asset-based and equity-based approaches to support and promote social and emotional well-being and positive development among Black adolescents. The Translational Science Fellowship is designed to bridge the gap between research and opportunities for application through cross-sector collaboration. An ideal candidate has research experience focused on Black youth well-being along with ideas for ways to translate their research into practice, product, or policy. Further, they will have an interest in broadening their aperture by expanding their networks in adjacent sectors (e.g. digital/social innovation, youth-serving organizations, philanthropy, and/or policy). Examples of projects might include:
• Translating research into youth-serving programming: e.g. Psychosocial Support for Black Youth Experiencing Climate Injustice: Co-designing Evidence-based Community-centered Programming to Support Climate Resilience.
• Translating research into institutional policy: e.g. Formulating policy recommendations for local leaders on school environments that affirm psychological safety and belonging of Black students.
• Translating research into digital innovation: e.g. Incorporating the science of racial socialization into virtual mentorship programs for Black youth.

The Fellowship will be nine-months long and fellows remain housed in their academic institutions. Fellows will also assist in co-designing the fellowship program, providing feedback on their experience, and ideas for evolving the program for future cohorts. During this time, the fellows will be directly supported by the Principal Designer & Equity Innovation Lead and the Translational Science Lead, and have access to input from our team of behavioral scientists, designers, and strategists, as well as Hopelab’s wider networks.

$75,000 to support expenses directly related to their fellowship project
  • Health & Wellbeing
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