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UNCF Career Pathways Initiative


The UNCF Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), funded by Lilly Endowment, is a $50 million investment over a seven-year period, that helps four-year HBCUs and PBIs strengthen institutional career placement outcomes with the goal of increasing the number of graduates who immediately transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields.

Through this initiative, UNCF manages a competitive grant-making process to award planning and implementation grants to institutions to help students achieve a greater return on their investment in the form of meaningful employment immediately after graduation.

The CPI is designed to strengthen career placement outcomes by encouraging participating institutions to enhance what their students gain from the liberal arts—critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective oral and written communication skills, diverse and global perspectives, among other things—with specific preparation, training and experiences they need to be employable and successful early in their chosen careers.

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Now Open: CPI Faculty Research Grant

The UNCF Career Pathways Initiative is now accepting applications for Faculty Research Grants for the 2019-20 academic year.

The program encourages and promotes faculty research and professional development in four core areas: economic, education, culture, and service. Grant applications are invited for scholarly research, academic projects, exhibitions and studies in any discipline.

The awards will fund faculty research, which will advance academic excellence for the individual faculty members, CPI institutions, and UNCF CPI. Projects may include but are not limited to, disciplinary-based research, research for teaching and learning, scholarly publications, and exhibitions.

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 1, 2019, by 5 p.m.


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2018-2019 CPI Faculty Research Grant Recipients

The UNCF Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) is excited to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 Faculty Research Grant program.

Meet the Recipients