Fellowship/Internship/Post Doc

Rutgers University Postdoctoral Associateship in African American History, 1865-1940

Deadline: March 30, 2017

Length:  1 year

The primary duties of this post-doc will be to administer and supervise research for the “Scarlet and Black Project” on the history of Native and African Americans in Rutgers History. The recipient will also participate and present in the “Black Bodies” seminar series.  The successful applicant must have the doctorate in hand at the time of application and be no more than six years beyond the Ph.D.

More information and to apply.

2017 Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship Award

Deadline June, 30, 2017
The Association of Black Women Historians’ 2016 Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship Award recognizes an emerging woman scholar of African descent and fosters scholarly research in Africana Women’s history. Each year an award will be given for the best, unpublished original essay from a graduate course or a chapter from a thesis or dissertation for the 2017 award year (June 1, 2016 to May 30, 2017). The submission must be wholly focused on some aspect of the history on black women from the U.S. and/or Africana Diaspora. It must demonstrate analysis of primary sources, focus on the ideas or actions initiated among black women, and make a significant contribution to Africana women’s history. The Black Classic Press of Baltimore inaugurated the award two decades ago, and it has been continued through the contributions of ABWH members.


  • Black woman graduate student currently pursuing a master of arts or doctorate degree in history or a related field
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA; applicant must submit a transcript
  • History writing sample that demonstrates analysis and use of primary sources
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors and academic advisors on letterhead (Note that one of the letters must come from an ABWH member in good standing. The letters may be submitted directly to Award committee.)
  • Curriculum Vita

The deadline for receipt of all application materials (including letters of recommendation) is June 30, 2017. Please send application materials to drusilladunjeeaward@gmail.com.

The 2017 award will be presented at the 2017 ABWH Annual Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati on September 30th during the 102nd ASALH Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Postdoctoral Appointment – Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (Washington University)

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to fill a two-year post-doctoral appointment to begin in the 2017-18 academic year in the field of gender and sexuality studies.  We are particularly interested in scholars who have training in social science methodologies and whose work engages one of the following fields: Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, or transnational studies.

The responsibilities of this appointment include teaching one course per semester, participating in the scholarly community, and pursuing an active program of research.

Applicants should send a letter of interest describing their scholarly qualifications and research goals for the postdoctoral period; current curriculum vitae; a published article or dissertation chapter; and three (3) letters of recommendation.

Washington University especially encourages applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups, and disabled individuals.  Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and have received the doctorate after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2017.

Applications should be sent to Mary Ann Dzuback, Chair, WGSS Search Committee, c/o Donna Kepley (wgss@wustl.edu). The committee will review applications until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by April 1, 2017.

Posted 3/7/17

Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies (Case Western Reserve University)

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies welcomed its first Fellow to Case Western Reserve University in 2008-09. The first humanities and social sciences fellowship of its kind at CWRU, the Postdoctoral Fellowship promotes intellectual, curricular, and faculty diversity at CWRU, as well as seeks to help junior scholars advance through the academy. It does so by supporting junior scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and scholarship in African American Studies.

The year long appointment provides Fellows with an opportunity to focus on their own research and publication agenda while building networks with faculty on and off-campus. Fellows also teach a course in their areas of expertise in the field of African American Studies in the Spring semester. The Fellowship was initiated and is directed by Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, whose faculty appointment is in the History Department. Dr. Williams secured a three-year seed grant from the Office of the Provost to launch the Fellowship.Since 2011-12, the College of Arts & Sciences has provided sustaining support for the program. The program features annually:

  • a work-in-progress brown bag lunch to discuss the Fellow’s research
  • a course taught by the Fellow in the Spring semester (cross-listed with Ethnic Studies)
  • a culminating presentation by the Fellow in the Spring semester
  • a guest lecture by an advanced scholar in the field of African American Studies in the Spring semester

The brown-bag talk and lectures are free and open to the university community and general public. For more information on the Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies, contact Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams at ryw@case.edu.

Interested in applying? See the Call for Applications. You can also learn about our past Fellows and current Fellow.

Posted 3/7/17

2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition: Awards in American Studies

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards. There are many awards in American Studies including:

  • Hong Kong: Study of the United States
  • Hungary: Laszlo Orszagh Chair in American Studies
  • Jordan: Study of the United States
  • India: Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair (All Disciplines)
  • Mexico: U.S. Studies
  • Senegal: All Disciplines

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017. Please join us on Wednesday, March 29 at 2:00 pm EDT for a webinar discussing Fulbright Opportunities in American Studies. Thank you for your support of the Fulbright Scholar Program, and for referring your colleagues to learn more. Please feel free to email with any questions and you will be directed to the relevant member of staff. We look forward to working with prospective applicants and continuing communication with your group.

Posted 3/3/17

Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program

The Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program is a need-based program supporting internships for undergraduates in research and collections projects at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The program is generously funded by the Katzenberger Foundation and administered by the Office of Fellowships and Internships. Six internships are offered each summer.

Learn more and apply (deadline to apply is March 1st)

Posted 2/26/17

Summer Opportunities

The following summer internships and programs are accepting applications:

Posted 1/16/17

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Summer internships are available at the National Museum of American History. NMAH offers individuals from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to work alongside experts in a variety of fields. The most valuable aspect of these internships is that they are great learning experiences and can lead to greater opportunities! Past interns have also found that their experience at NMAH has influenced them as students, scholars, and professionals.

Read an article on how past interns have utilized their experience and apply online by March 1st.  Some paid opportunities are available to apply for by February 1st.

Posted 1/16/17

African American Civil War Museum

The African American Civil War Museum has an open opportunity for two Outreach Fellows.  If you or anyone you know believes they may be qualified for this position please send your resume and a cover letter by January 20th by midnight to  dawnchitty@afroamcivilwar.org.

Please include both resume and cover letter, those missing one or the other will be discarded.

View the position description.

Posted 1/16/17

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen Nürnberg  (FAU)

Deadline: January 20, 2017

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cultural Studies The  Faculty  of  the  Humanities,  Social  Sciences,  and  Theology  at  the  Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg   (FAU)   focuses   on   interdisciplinary research in the field “knowledge production and interculturality” with special interests in  diachronic as  well  as  synchronic  processes  of  knowledge  formation.

For  this research field the FAU seeks two outstanding scholars as Postdoctoral Fellows in cultural studies, cultural anthropology, or interdisciplinary cultural theory.  Requirements are an excellent PhD in the social sciences or the humanities, no more than a period of three years of research experience since the doctoral, degree, near-native proficiency in English and German, and experience in interdisciplinary and international research contexts.

Applications should be submitted in English by January 20, 2017. Additional information is available here.  For questions or more information: Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Chair of American Studies at Heike.Paul@fau.de.

Stanford University, Stanford, California
Stanford Mellon Postdoc Fellowship

Deadline: November 15, 2016

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities is a unique opportunity for the best recent PhD recipients in the humanities to develop as scholars and teachers. Up to four fellowships will be awarded for a two-year term (with the possibility of a third). Fellows teach two courses per year in one of Stanford’s fifteen humanities departments, and are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the program, which includes regular meetings with other fellows and faculty to share work in progress and to discuss topics of mutual interest. Fellows will also be affiliated with the Stanford Humanities Center and will have the opportunity to be active in its programs and workshops.

The Mellon Fellowship provides postdoctoral fellowships in Stanford’s fifteen humanities departments. Program admissions focus on selected fields of scholarship in each application year (on a rotating basis).

For fellowships beginning Fall 2017, applications will be accepted from the following fields of study:

* Comparative Literature
* Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
* French and Italian
* German Studies
* Iberian and Latin American Cultures
* Religious Studies
* Slavic Languages and Literatures

We invite applicants to apply for fellowships in fields where their work has demonstrable relevance to teaching and research in the designated Stanford department.

Application deadline for fellowships beginning Fall 2017 is 11:59PM PT November 15, 2016.

To learn more or apply now click here.

Posted: 11/2/16

University of Southern California

USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities 2017-2019 Cohort

Launched this Fall, the USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities emerged from a previous program, the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows in the Humanities. The USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities supports advanced research by postdoctoral fellows and faculty members by promoting intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

The Society plans to admit up to five postdoctoral fellows.
Fellows are appointed for two-year terms during which they pursue research and teach three courses over four semesters, with one semester for full-time research. The salary for postdoctoral fellows is $57,500 per year plus fringe benefits, with an additional research and travel account of $6,000 per year.

For more information about the Society, please click here.

To apply, please visit: http://societyoffellows.usc.edu/apply/humanities-fellowship/

Posted: 10/26/16

Brown University – John Carter Brown Library Residential Fellowships for 2017-18

The John Carter Brown Library (JCB), an independently funded institution for advanced research on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The Library contains one of the world’s premier collections of primary materials related to the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects. JCB Fellowships are open to scholars and writers working on all aspects of the Americas in the early modern period. Short-term Fellowships are for two to four months with a monthly stipend of $2,100. Open to US and foreign citizens who are engaged in pre- or post-doctoral or independent research. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application.

Long-Term Fellowships are for five to ten months with a monthly stipend of $4,200. Fellowships funded by the NEH are only available to citizens of the United States or to those applicants residing in the U.S. for the three years preceding application. PhD candidates are welcome to apply for long-term fellowships only if all degree requirements, including the successful defense of their dissertation, have been met by the application deadline of December 1, 2016. Applicants of all nationalities, however, will be considered for all other long-term fellowships. Recipients of all fellowships must relocate to Providence and be in continuous residence at the JCB for the full term of the award. Rooms are available for rent at Fiering House, the JCB’s Fellows’ residence, a beautifully restored 1869 house just four blocks from the Library. Individuals whose permanent residence is within commuting distance of the Library (approximately 45-mile radius) are also eligible for the short-term fellowship competition. However, if a fellowship is awarded, the total amount will be adjusted to 50% of the residential stipend amount so as to support transportation expenses instead of housing costs.
The deadline for short- and long-term fellowships is December 1, 2016.
For more information – including information about Collaborative Cluster Fellowships – and application instructions, visit www.jcbl.org or e-mail jcb-fellowships@brown. edu.

Thomas J. Sojka
Fellowship & Financial CoordinatorJohn Carter Brown Library
Campus Box 1894
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-5010 l Fax: 401-863-3477

Posted: 10/26/16

Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History
Mellon Scholars Fellowship
Philadelphia, PA

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History (PAAH), with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is pleased to announce the Mellon Scholars Fellowship Program for 2017-2018. These competitive programs are designed to increase the participation of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and others in the field of African American history prior to 1900.

The Mellon Scholars Fellowship Program aims to promote research in the collections of the Library Company and to enhance the production of scholarly work in African American history of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Fellows are expected to conduct the majority of their research in the Library Company’s collections but may also use the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Fellows must be in residence for the entire term of the award. The following research fellowships will be offered for 2017-2018:

• Post-doctoral fellowship, with a stipend of $50,000, is tenable from September 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. The award may be divided between two applicants, each of whom would receive $25,000 for the period September 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018 or January 15, 2018 to May 31, 2018. Recent recipients of the Ph.D. as well as senior scholars may apply, but applicants must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2017.
• Dissertation fellowship, with a stipend of $25,000, is tenable from September 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. The award may be divided between two applicants, each of whom would receive $12,500 for the period September 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018 or January 15, 2018 to May 31, 2018. Applicants must be in the later stages of research or writing.
• Short-term fellowships, for doctoral candidates and senior scholars, with a stipend of $2,500 for one month of research between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

All Mellon Scholars fellowship applications are due March 1, 2017, with a decision by April 15. For more information about the Mellon Scholars Program, visit http://www.librarycompany.org/paah/fellowships.htm or contact Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Program Director, at era@udel.edu.

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