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About Hopelab
Hopelab is a transformative social innovation lab and impact investor working to support the mental well-being of adolescents (ages 10-25), especially those who identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Through funding, collaborations, and intergenerational partnerships, Hopelab works at the intersection of tech and mental health alongside entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and young change-makers to create systems change and build a thriving future for underserved young people.
Hopelab is seeking Translational Science Fellow candidates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to explore opportunities to support the well-being of Black youth. The Fellows will each work on an independent project/study focused on supporting the well-being of Black adolescents, ages 10-25. Fellows will also be in a cohort together and have the opportunity to support and learn from each other throughout a 9-month fellowship, beginning in mid-September 2024.
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. 

Fellowship Structure

    • The Fellowship will begin in early September 2024 and will run for nine months.
    • The fellows’ primary focus will be an independent translational science project focused on addressing an unmet mental health / well-being need of Black adolescents.
    • Fellows will be in a cohort together, supporting each other throughout the duration of the fellowship, via monthly meetings. 
    • This year’s Fellowship will also serve as a co-design and learning cohort, helping Hopelab shape future fellowship cohorts. Co-design activities include monthly focus groups with the Hopelab project team. 
    • As part of the Fellowship, we are hosting one in-person convening (location TBD). Travel costs for this convening will be covered and do not need to come out of the fellowship funding.

Fellowship Benefits

    • $75,000 to support expenses directly related to their fellowship project (e.g., time on your project, research activities, travel and registration fees for conferences/events, etc.) including up to, but not to exceed 15% of indirect costs.
    • Advising and support from our Principal Designer & Equity Innovation Lead and our Translational Science Lead, as well as from other Hopelab team members.
    • Advising and support from previous Hopelab Translational Science Fellow, Dr. Charity Griffin, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at Winston-Salem State University.
    • Access to our professional networks of leaders in the digital and social innovation and youth co-design space. 
    • Opportunity to co-design and help shape the strategy and trajectory of this fellowship program for future years.


Qualifications and Requirements

    • You are an early-mid career researcher at an HBCU in a relevant field of behavioral science (including but not limited to, psychology, education, human development, environmental/sustainability studies, public health, social work). The fellowship is designed for research faculty and career researchers. Current PhD students and post-docs are not eligible.
    • Your research expertise is around adolescent development and/or youth well-being, and you are at the stage of your research where you want to translate it into meaningful application.
    • You have an idea for a translational research project that will support Black youth well-being that you are excited to pursue and you need cross-sector collaboration and support to accomplish.
    • You are excited to contribute to the co-design of this HBCU Translational Science Fellowship and will work with the Hopelab team to strategize and plan for the following year’s fellowship. 
Job ID: 73709095
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