External Fellowships

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.

Post-doctoral Fellowship

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

Submission Materials


Pre-doctoral Fellowship

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:

Submission Materials

To apply to the Pre-doctoral Fellowship you will need to provide the department with:

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:


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) 276-5744
(585) 256-2594 (fax)