University of Rochester
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies

Frederick Douglass Institute Fellowship Program

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Postdoctoral 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 his or her own scholarship, and teach one course in his or her area of specialization. Applicants for the 2016-17 academic year must have their Ph.D. in hand before the fellowship begins in September 2016.

Application checklist: A completed FDI fellowship postdoctoral 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year, plus a description of the undergraduate course the applicant would like to teach; a sample of published or unpublished writing on a topic related to the proposal; and three letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to FDI at the address indicated below) that comment upon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.

Predoctoral Fellowship

The Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student at any university whose degree contributes to the 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. To qualify for this residential fellowship in the 2016-17 academic year, an applicant will need to have successfully completed the following before the end of this (2015-16) academic year: (1) all required courses; (2) qualifying oral and/or written exams; (3) at least one chapter of the dissertation (this chapter is a required portion of the application package).

Application checklist: A completed FDI fellowship predoctoral application form; a curriculum vitae; an official transcript showing completion of all preliminary coursework and qualifying examinations; the dissertation prospectus; completed chapter(s) from the dissertation; three letters of recommendation to be sent directly by the recommenders to FDI at the address indicated below, including one from the dissertation supervisor that specifically addresses the candidate’s prospects for completing the project within a year.

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, 2015 to December 20, 2015. The Fellowship awards will be announced in early March, 2016.

FDI Fellowship Postdoctoral Application Form

FDI Fellowship Predoctoral Application Form


For additional details, contact:

Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
University of Rochester
RC Box 270440, 311 Morey Hall
Rochester, NY 14627-0440 U.S.A.
(585) 276-5744
(585) 256-2594 fax