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Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies Pre-Doctoral Fellowship


The Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded annually to a graduate student of any university who studies aspects of the African and African-American experience. This fellowship, which carries an annual stipend of $23,000, does not come with any teaching obligation, but will require the Fellow to work with the Institute’s Director in organizing colloquium, lectures, and other events. The principal aim of this award is to expedite the completion of the Fellow’s dissertation. To qualify for this one-year residential fellowship, an applicant will need to have completed and passed the following before the end of the academic year: (1) all required courses; (2) qualifying oral and/or written exams; (3) written at least one chapter of the dissertation (the chapter becomes part of the application package). All Fellows receive office space in the Institute, full access to the University's facilities, and opportunities to interact and collaborate with scholars of their respective disciplines within the University. Fellows must be in full time residence during the tenure of their awards and are expected to be engaged in scholarly activity on a full-time basis. They must, for example, be available for consultation with students and professional colleagues; make at least two formal presentations based upon their research; and contribute generally to the intellectual discourse on African and African-American Studies.  Applications will be accepted between September and January 31.  The award will be announced in mid-March.  Visit the webpage Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for more information.

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