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Research Justice at the Intersections

RJI Scholars Program

The RJI Scholars Program offers 8–12 competitively selected scholars the opportunity to engage in a critical reading and writing group during one academic year. RJI Scholars meet approximately biweekly during two academic semesters to share and comment on works in progress. Scholars also present their work during the Provost’s lunchtime seminar series.

The RJI Scholars program is open to:

  • Scholars whose research examines the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and/or nation, and who are interested in exploring ideas related to a research justice framework in their work.
  • Must hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree, from any discipline.
  • May come from any country (please note Mills College is not able to provide legal advice or assistance regarding visas).
  • Must be in residence in the Bay Area from September 1 through Dec 1, 2015 and Jan 15 through April 30, 2016. Applications for one semester will also be considered.

In addition to participation in the biweekly reading and writing seminars, RJI Scholars receive:

  • Mills College library card, which provides access to over 60 electronic databases, 40,000 journal titles and 140,000 ebooks.
  • Access to Mills College faculty/staff computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Mills College email address, if required
  • Free access to Mills College pool, spa, gym and tennis courts
  • Option of purchasing meal card
  • RJI Scholars present at the Provost’s seminar series
  • Opportunity to recruit Mills College student research assistant(s)
  • Access to Faculty Lounge and Library Group Study Rooms

Please note: RJI Scholars are not compensated, and RJI Scholar status does not include a designated office or accommodation.

In order to cover associated administrative fees, scholars are charged the following fees:
Mills adjunct faculty, tenure-track faculty and staff–Free
Non-Mills adjunct faculty/ independent scholars–$100
Non-Mills pre-tenure tenure track faculty–$250
Non-Mills tenured faculty–$500

Scholars from the global south may apply for a fee waiver. This will not affect your application status.

Application process
The deadline for applications has passed.
The following is required for application:

  • Application form.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Abstract of Research Project (max 150 words).
  • Description of Research project (max 1000 words, double-spaces, 12 point typeface). Please indicate your current or proposed engagement with the research justice framework.
  • Writing sample, e.g., published work or draft of book chapter, article or creative text (pdf, max 30 pages). Other formats such as copies of films, CDs, photos of artwork may be submitted to arrive by the deadline at the address below. Please include self-addressed stamped envelope or Fed Ex account if you wish them to be returned to you.
  • One letter of recommendation from faculty in your field.
  • Global south fee waiver, if applicable.

For more information:
Julia Chinyere Oparah, RJI Director, rji@mills.edu
Ethnic Studies
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613

Research Justice at the Intersections


RJI Scholars Program

2015-16 Scholars

Last Updated: 2/7/18