The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Hutchins Center
2014-2015 Fellowship Opportunities
The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellowship Program invites approximately twenty scholars to be in residence each year and reflects the interdisciplinary breadth of African and African American Studies. The Program supports the research of scholars for a period of one or two semesters and at all stages of their careers, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, midcareer, emeritus, and independent. Scholars come from all around the U.S., Africa, Europe, and Latin America to participate in a range of activities at the Institute and the Harvard University campus, including a weekly fellows' colloquium, fellows' workshops, lectures, performances, and art openings.
The Fellows Program is at the heart of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies including art and art history, photography, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, and creative writing - among other areas of interest.
A residential appointment at the Du Bois Institute offers considerable benefits to any scholar. We provide office space and a computer. Fellows have full access to the extensive research and library resources of Harvard University. The Du Bois Research Institute also houses the Image of the Black in Western Art archive. Fellows interact and engage with faculty as well as with other visiting scholars in fellows programs across the university.
Fellows are expected to participate in a number of activities, the most important of which is the weekly colloquium. Attendance is required of all Institute Fellows. Chaired by the Institute's Director, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the colloquia offer Fellows the opportunity to share their work with Institute colleagues, Harvard faculty, graduate students, and the extended community. Colloquia also allow Harvard faculty and visitors to present work in progress, and we have hosted presentations by such notables as Wole Soyinka, A. Leon Higginbotham, Ira Berlin, Orlando Patterson, Jamaica Kincaid, Hazel V. Carby, Zadie Smith, among others.
Applications are available at http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/fellows-program/applications. The deadline for receiving applications and three letters of reference is December 8 2013. Applicants will be notified of decisions in early March 2014.