University of Virginia — Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia invites applications from scholars whose research focuses on African America, Africa and/or the African Diaspora for a two-year pre-doctoral research fellowship. The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $20,000, plus health insurance and is open to qualified candidates regardless of citizenship or current residence. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation prior to August 1, 2017. Please note: individuals may not apply for the Woodson pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in the same year.

Fellows must be in residence at the University of Virginia for the entire award period and are expected to participate in a series of workshops throughout the academic year. They may accept no employment, fellowships, or consulting obligations during the fellowship period without the approval of the Director.

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To apply, please submit a Candidate Profile on-line through Jobs@UVA, ( and search on posting number 0619657. Please attach: a letter of application (250-word maximum) stating interest in the program; a curriculum vitae which must include the following: personal contact information, date(s) and location(s) of degree(s) earned, honors and awards, lectures and conference presentations, publications and, the names of three referees. Please save and submit samples using your last name, document name, and year. (“LASTNAME_APP LETTER_2016”)

Applicants must submit a project title and an abstract which should not exceed 50 words, as well as a project description which should not exceed 7 double-spaced pages (1,750 words). The project description must include the following:

  1. The nature of the research to be completed during the period of the fellowship award, as well as the significance of this work;
  2. A detailed plan of research and revision; and
  3. An outline of the concrete objectives to be achieved during the award period. These objectives must include a statement of publication plans for the proposed research and writing. Project descriptions must be attached through Jobs@ UVA under “Writing Sample 1.” Project descriptions exceeding seven double-spaced pages will not be passed on to the committee.

Please submit a working bibliography not to exceed four double-spaced pages. The bibliography must list those scholarly works that the applicant considers most important to the intellectual development of the project. The working bibliography must be attached through Jobs@ UVA under “Writing Sample 2”.

In addition, please arrange to have three confidential letters of reference (signed originals only) sent directly to the Woodson Institute by persons qualified to evaluate the proposals for which support is being sought.

Letters should be addressed to:

Fellowship Selection Committee
The Carter G. Woodson Institute
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400162
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4162

Complete applications must be received no later than midnight EST on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Deborah E. McDowell

Questions regarding the application process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:

Shelley Thomas

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.