Undergraduate research, fellowships and postdoctoral opportunities

Herewith a variety of undergraduate, dissertation and post-doctoral opportunities.  I have indicated some programs aimed at increasing diversity in academia, and I will update information as time and opportunity permit. One or two of these links lead you to sites that provide links to multiple opportunities.

Please note: some opportunities may no longer be available; I try to keep this updated but some programs, especially in the spring of 2020, are in flux.  There are doubtless new opportunities out there as well--due diligence is recommended.   When possible I will add to this page.

Undergraduate summer programs 

You should know:  Many programs provide summer stipends, with some even including travel allowances.  Some have early deadlines so follow the links today.

I will start with a tip of the hat to my colleagues at Georgetown University's African American Studies program.  They have a page on summer research opportunities that is very much worth reading as it includes links to multiple programs, including but not limited to those at Northwestern University and the University of California at Irvine:


Penn State has a one week intensive program for students interested in Africana studies and/or History.  Check out "The Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program" at


Are you an undergraduate student interested in pursuing graduate studies in the social sciences? Check out this program--Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship in Law and Social Justice


Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program:  Housed in the Institute of African American Research (IAAR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences, or fine arts. https://murap.unc.edu/

The University of Texas at San Antonio African American Literatures and Cultures Institute cultivates students to join the US professoriate by providing research stipends, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training.


The University of Michigan has two summer research fellowships  whose goals are to increase the number of under-represented students in the academy.   The first is for a 8-week program, held on the Ann Arbor campus, culminates in a research symposium where each participant presents their research project."  The second one is aimed at students in the humanistic disciplines.



Diverse opportunities (read to the bottom for additional programs)

For future graduate students --

Considering a doctorate in the humanities and Black studies?  Interested in public-facing work?  The University of Delaware recently launched the African American Public Humanities Initiative, supporting graduate students in Art History, English, and History.  From their website:  Are you interested in obtaining a fully funded Ph.D. in the Humanities with an emphasis on African American/Africana Studies? Are you looking for graduate training that emphasizes public scholarship, community outreach, collections based research, and digital humanities? The African American Public Humanities Initiative (AAPHI) provides fully funded graduate fellowships for Ph.D students in History, English, and Art History in a five-year, 12month, cohort based program. http://www.afampublichumanities.udel.edu

Thinking about graduate study but not ready to start a doctoral program?  Consider this option at the University of Florida, where you can earn a master's degree in Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies: follow this link https://sites.clas.ufl.edu/wst/files/MA-Flyer-2019-1.pdf

Thinking about graduate study, part two:  Princeton's  pre-doctoral fellowship is a one-year, fully funded fellowship that includes an offer of regular admission to the sponsoring doctoral program the following year. The fellowship is intended for students who would benefit from an additional year of training before formally entering the sponsoring departments' PhD program. You might be particularly interested in their Graduate Scholars Program--click here for more information.

Still thinking:  What about the "bridge program" between English and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison?  Check it out here. 

For dissertation writers and new or recent PhDs

The Career Enhancement Fellowship award for third-year faculty, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  This fellowship seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty (African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans and Native Alaskans), and other junior faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities, breaking down stereotypes and promoting cross-racial understanding in core fields of the arts and sciences.  https://woodrow.org/fellowships/mellon/career-enhancement/

Jackie McLean Fellowships:  Jackie McLean was a world-renowned alto saxophonist, educator, composer and community activist who served on the faculty at the University of Hartford for 36 years. Competition for the Jackie McLean Fellowship is open to candidates who have completed all coursework toward a terminal degree (doctoral degree or MFA). Post-doctoral candidates are also eligible.


Follow this link to gain information about pre- and post-doctoral opportunities at a consortium of liberal arts colleges.   


American Association of University Women funds dissertations and research:


A two year faculty post-doctoral position at University of North Carolina


Northeastern's Future Faculty fellowships:


Ford Foundation fellowships (pre-dissertation, dissertation, and post-doctoral; deadlines vary)


The University of Michigan/LSA Collegiate Fellows Program




Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation and post-MFA fellowships at Williams College


University of Chicago/Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship 


The University of California's Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The application deadline is November 1:  ppfp.ucop.edu/info/

Marilyn Yarborough Dissertation Fellowship at Kenyon College:


Indiana University Bloomington Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center on Race and Ethnicity in Society


University of Pennsylvania Provost's postdoctoral fellowship for Academic Diversity: https://research.upenn.edu/postdocs-and-students/postdoctoral-fellowships/

General opportunities and useful sites

New in May 2020:  Let me begin with the incredible round-up of Professor Julie Orlemanski of the University of Chicago.  Some of the opportunities noted in this document have earlier been spotlighted, below.  In the meantime I am in awe; this listing is truly a labor of love and generosity:


Building on the success of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, this scholarly organization identifies and investigates matters of new, compelling cross-disciplinary interest in the areas of bibliography and book history. The Society especially directs its energies toward addressing the interpretation of original textual artifacts in concert with emerging techniques and technologies for the analysis and transmission of texts. The Society invites applications for the Junior Fellows program from early-career scholars and researchers from all fields. We welcome applications from tenure track faculty, Ph.D. candidates, curators, librarians, those in postdoctoral research and teaching positions, and independent scholars. The Society especially encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, individuals from under-resourced institutions, and individuals working on topics currently underrepresented in the fields of book history and bibliography.  http://rarebookschool.org/admissions-awards/fellowships/sofcb/

Rice University announces a post-doctoral fellows program housed at the Rice University Academy of Fellows.  http://riceacademy.rice.edu/about


Cornell University Klarman Fellowships (needs letter of invitation)


The School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico has fellowships for those working in Native American Studies as well as general humanities fields.  


The American Antiquarian Society has long and short-term fellowships for scholars seeking archives of pre-1900 United States materials.  I had a Peterson residency one summer and it was a great experience; two former graduate students of mine crafted winning proposals and enjoyed their time there.  Check it out:


The Council on Library and Information Resources offers post-doctoral opportunities: "Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. The program offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities."  The application process goes live by late September.


The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Slavery, housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has both long and short-term fellowships; graduate students are eligible to apply for the shorter residencies.


Dartmouth has  a Society of Fellows offering postdoctoral opportunities:


New PhDs in humanities and social sciences:  check out the Public Fellows program, a two year opportunity offered through the American Council of Learned Societies:


Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowships (Harvard University) supporting interdisciplinarity and internationalism:


Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships at Dalhousie University in Halifax (yes--it's open to non-Canadians)


USC's Society of Fellows offers residencies on a two-year cycle; 2020 is an off year:


Stanford University has a site intended for its own students but the information is useful to those in graduate school elsewhere:


Johns Hopkins University hosts a similarly useful page--again, although the material was assembled for its own students, the information will be useful to many others:


Michigan State University's Libraries website allows you to sort your search by various categories: