Who We Are

Created in response to the historically unleveled playing field for minorities, and the recent protests and police killings of unarmed African Americans, CBCF has created the National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI). NREI will place Social Justice Policy Fellows in the U.S. Congress for 12 months; establishes endowed social justice scholarships for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and will advance racial equity and human rights in research, data, analysis, and public policy related to criminal justice reform for maximum impact in black communities.

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Our Work


Social Justice Policy Fellows will be responsible for the production of policy analysis and research as it relates to education, economic opportunity, incarceration, the courts, and law enforcement.


This opportunity awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated Black students attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Eligible students include those at the undergraduate, graduate or doctoral level pursuing relevant studies related to social justice policies such as criminal justice reform, the school to prison pipeline, and racial bias in education/employment.

Policy Research

The NREI will collect and analyze data in five issue areas – education, economic opportunity, incarceration, the court system, and law enforcement.

Download the NREI fact sheet to learn more.

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Make a Difference

CBCF welcomes contributions at all levels to support the National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice. The Resource Development team will tailor a mutually beneficial sponsorship package to achieve your organization’s charitable goals.

Thank you for your consideration.


For more information, please contact the Resource Development team at RD@cbcfinc.org.

Current Fellowships


2020 – 2021 Social Justice Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
  • Fellowship Dates: June 2021 – June 2022

Social Justice Fellows will work in Congressional Black Caucus member offices and various congressional committees related to social justice or CBCF’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR).

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Please note: Immediate relatives (defined as one’s parents, step-parents, siblings, spouse, children, step-children, foster children, in-laws, sibling in-laws, grandparents, great grandparents, step-great grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews) of a CBC Member, a CBC Spouse, a staff person of a CBC Member or Spouse, CBCF staff, a member of the CBCF Board of Directors, Member of CBCF, Corporate Advisory Council Member of CBCF, or any CBCF-sponsoring entity are not eligible for CBCF fellowship programs.