Academic Research Fellowship Awards - The HistoryMakers

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March 1, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Humanities, Public History, Contemporary History

The HistoryMakers – the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive – invites applications for one of four $7,500 Academic Research Fellowship awards created from funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for the period of Summer 2019 (April–September 2019). Submission is open to: 1) faculty at all stages of their careers, and 2) graduate students who have passed their general examinations. Applicant’s work must come out of their use of, and/or be inspired by, content from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.

The HistoryMakers Academic Research Fellowship awards will be awarded to faculty or graduate students pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients will produce articles, websites, blogs, digital materials, lesson plans and syllabi, conference presentations/papers, and/or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Award funds are meant to enable recipients to set aside time for writing; and provide funding for research, travel, and project support; as well as general career advancement. The fellowship awards are expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as its presentation. Finished products generated by awardees will be featured on The HistoryMakers website, and will compete for inclusion in The HistoryMakers 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Library of Congress (November 6-7, 2020).



Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students who have passed their general examinations, or current faculty at one of The HistoryMakers subscribing institutions (see below). Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents. Applicants need not have special expertise in African American history.


College & University Institutional Subscribers: American University ● Arkansas State University ● Boston University ● Brandeis University ● Cambridge College ● Carleton College ● Carnegie Mellon University ● Case Western Reserve University ● Columbia University ● Cornell University ● Dominican University ● Duke University ● Eastern Kentucky University ● Emory University ● Harvard University ● Howard University ● Johnson C. Smith University ● Lesley University ● Michigan State University ● Morgan State University ● New York University ● Northeastern University ● Northwestern University ● Ohio State University ● Princeton University ● Rutgers University ● Savannah State University ● Simmons College ● Smith College ● Southeast Missouri State University ● Stanford University ● Texas Southern University ● The College of William and Mary ● United States Air Force Academy ● University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ● University of Chicago ● University of Alaska, Anchorage ● University of Arkansas ● University of Illinois, Chicago ● University of Massachusetts, Amherst ● University of Massachusetts, Boston ● University of Michigan ● University of Oregon ● University of Pennsylvania ● University of Richmond ● University of Virginia ● University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ● Vanderbilt University ● Virginia Commonwealth University ● Washington University in St. Louis ● Yale University


Judging Criteria

  • The degree with which The HistoryMakers Digital Archive or content is incorporated, and connected with other primary sources.
  • Alignment with The HistoryMakers mission to educate the world about African American life, history, and culture.
  • The intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
  • The quality or promise of quality of the applicant’s work as an interpreter of the humanities.
  • The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the applicant’s clarity of expression.
  • The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, including, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
  • Presentation/exhibition of the proposed work at a scholarly conference.

Award Amount:


Fellowship Duration:

April 2019 – September 2019

Application Deadline

Friday, March 1, 2019


Application Procedure:

Please submit a letter of intent listing all participants, a brief cv/resume for all participants (3 pages or less), as well as a proposal narrative and budget (3-5 pages), detailing the following:

  1. What is the title of your project?
  2. Please provide a description of your proposed project.
  3. What is your overall goal and how does it relate to The HistoryMakers content?
  4. To what degree is The HistoryMakers Digital Archive or content incorporated into your proposed work? 
  5. Please describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both 
  6. Please describe how your project aligns with The HistoryMakers mission to educate the world about African American life, history, and culture?
  7. Please provide itemized budget information, detailing how much money you are allocating to each specified task.

**Note: Funds are not restricted in their use, but all funds MUST be exhausted by the end of the fellowship period [August 31, 2019], unless they have been allocated to conference travel/registration fees.

Contact Info: 

Dionti Davis, Education Coordinator | (312) 674-1900


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