The Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) brings together scholars working in the humanities and social sciences in the area of Africa and the African Diaspora. Its mission is to further undergraduate and graduate education, faculty research, and intellectual exchange within the University community. FDI sponsors two residential fellowships annually to help support that mission.
The Post-doctoral Fellowship is awarded to scholars who hold a Ph.D. degree in a field that contributes to African and African-American studies. It carries an annual stipend of $40,000 and a $3,000 fund for research-related activities. The Fellow will participate in the intellectual life of the Institute, pursue their own scholarship, and teach one course in their own area of specialization.
Applicants for the 2017-2018 academic year must have their Ph.D. in hand before the fellowship begins in September 2017
- A completed FDI fellowship application form
- A curriculum vitae
- 3-5 Page description of plans to carry out during the fellowship year and description of the undergraduate course the applicant desires to teach
- A sample of published or unpublished writing on a topic related to the proposal
- Three letters of recommendation, mailed directly from the recommenders to the FDI, that comment upon the value and feasibility of the work proposed
The Pre-doctoral Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student at any university whose degree contributes to scholarship in the field of African and African-American Studies.
A principal aim of this fellowship is to provide a different intellectual environment that will enrich and expedite the completion of the fellow’s dissertation.
The fellow will also gain valuable experience through work with the institute’s director in organizing colloquia, lectures, and other events. There is no teaching obligation.
The award carries an annual stipend of $26,000, and the institute offers research funds to support the fellow’s research.
This fellowship can be awarded to a graduate student at any university whose degree contributes to scholarship in the field of African and African-American Studies.
To qualify for this residential fellowship in the 2017-18 academic year, an applicant will need to have successfully completed the following before the end of this (2016-17) academic year:
- All required courses
- Qualifying oral and/or written exams
- At least one chapter of their dissertation (this chapter is a required portion of the application package)
To apply to the Pre-doctoral Fellowship you will need to provide the department with:
- A completed FDI fellowship pre-doctoral application form
- A curriculum vitae
- An official transcript showing completion of all preliminary coursework and qualifying examinations
- The dissertation prospectus
- Completed chapter(s) from the dissertation
- Three letters of recommendation mailed directly by the recommenders to FDI, including one from the dissertation supervisor that specifically addresses the candidate’s prospects for completing the project within a year
All fellows receive office space in the Institute, full access to the University's facilities, and opportunities to interact and collaborate with scholars relevant to their projects within the University.
Fellows must be in full-time residence during the tenure of their awards and they are required to be engaged in scholarly activity on a full-time basis. Fellows are expected to:
- Be available for consultation with students and colleagues
- Make at least one formal presentation based upon their research
- Contribute generally to the intellectual life of the institute
Applications to the two programs are accepted from September 1, 2016 to December 20, 2016. The fellowship awards will be announced in early March 2017.
For more information about our fellowships, contact us at:
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
University of Rochester
311 Morey Hall
RC Box 270440
Rochester, NY 14627-0440 U.S.A.
(585) 256-2594 (fax)