The Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) brings together scholars working in the humanities and social sciences in the areas 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 offers two internal fellowships:

Postdoctoral Fellowship 

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded to scholars who hold a PhD 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 his or her own scholarship, and teach one course in his or her area of specialization.

Application Deadline

Applicants for the 2016-17 academic year must have their PhD in hand before the fellowship begins in September 2016.

Submission Materials

To apply to the Postdoctoral Fellowship, you will need to provide the department with:

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FDI Faculty Fellowships

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies is pleased to announce an internal faculty fellowship. This is a College-wide program that encourages faculty who wish to broaden their scholarship to include the study of African and/or African-American life and culture.

The program is open to full-time tenured faculty with primary appointments in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. 

Faculty will be released from departmental obligations for one semester and reside at the Frederick Douglass Institute, where they will participate in institute programming and work on their own research.  In addition, faculty fellows will collaborate with pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellows to develop a bi-weekly seminar series.

With the exception of external funding and the fixed location, these internal faculty fellowships follow the same requirements as any academic leave.

A written evaluation from the faculty fellow, submitted to the director of FDI with copies to the chair and dean, is required at the conclusion of the semester summarizing the research accomplished, as well as participation in the institute’s programming.


Applicants must submit the following forms to FDI to be considered for the fellowship:  

The project narrative should be explicit in outlining how focused time within FDI will be important in meeting specific scholarly goals. 

Application Deadline

Completed applications should be provided to the department chair no later than February 1 and, if recommended by the chair, the total leave packet should be forwarded to the Frederick Douglass Institute by February 15 for evaluation. 

The Dean’s Office will have final approval of the fellowships.   

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