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.
The 2019-20 Frederick Douglass Institute Fellowship Program at the University of Rochester
The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies (FDI) at the University of Rochester brings together scholars working in the humanities and social sciences in the area of Africa and the African diasporas. 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 Postdoctoral Fellowships are 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. Fellows 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. Fellows would have the opportunity to present their work at the Susan B. Anthony for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, the Humanities Center, and the FDI Work-in-Progress Seminar Series. Applicants for the 2019-20 academic year must have their Ph.D. in hand before the fellowship begins in September 2019.
Application checklist: A completed FDI fellowship application form available on the website; a curriculum vitae; a 3-5 page description of the research the applicant plans to carry out during the fellowship year, plus a description of the undergraduate course the applicant would like to teach; a sample of published or unpublished writing on a topic related to the proposal; and three letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to FDI at the address indicated below) that comment upon the value and feasibility of the work proposed.
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; and contribute generally to the intellectual life of the Institute.
Applications to the two programs are accepted from September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
Please go to https://www.rochester.edu/fort/fdi_postdoc/ to apply on-line or download application.
The Fellowship awards will be announced in early March, 2019.
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.
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.