The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History — Mellon Scholars Program of Fellowships, Internships, and Workshop for 2020-2021

The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The National Endowment for the Humanities, is pleased to announce the Mellon Scholars Program of fellowships, internships, and workshop for 2020-2021. These competitive programs are designed to increase the participation of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and others in the field of African American history prior to 1900. 

The Mellon Scholars Research Fellowship Program aims to promote research in the collections of the Library Company and to enhance the production of scholarly work in African American history before 1900. Fellows must be in residence for the entire term of the award. The following research fellowships will be offered for 2020-2021: 

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, with a stipend of $50,000 for the coming year, or $25,000 for one semester. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2020; application deadline March 1, 2020. 
  • Albert M. Greenfield Dissertation Fellowship in African American History, with a stipend of $25,000 for the academic year, or $12,500 for one semester. Applicants must be in the later stages of research or writing; application deadline March 1, 2020, supported in part by The National Endowment for the Humanities. 
  • Short-term fellowships, for doctoral candidates and senior scholars, with a stipend of $2,500 for one month of research between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021; application deadline March 1, 2020. 

The following Short-Term fellowships include a stipend of $2,500 for one month of research between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021; application deadline March 1, 2020. 

  • Dr. Richard S. Newman Short-Term Fellowship in African American History, supported in part by Dr. Randall M.
    Miller. 
  • The Samuel Rhodes Short-Term Fellowship in African American History, supported in part by the Marriot C. Morris
    Family. 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Short-Term Fellowships in African American History, two available. 

The Mellon Scholars Internship Program (June 1 through June 26, 2020). Interns will be rising seniors or recent college graduates and receive a $1,500 stipend and additional support for travel and housing. Application deadline, March 1, 2020, with a decision to be made by April 15. 

The Mellon Scholars Summer Workshop (June 15 through June 19, 2020) is a one-week professional develop- ment program. Workshop participants will be in their first year of graduate study in an MA program or advance undergraduates. Participants will receive a $500 stipend and additional support for travel and housing. Application deadline: March 1, 2020, with a decision to be made by April 15. 

Visit librarycompany.org/academic-programs/paah/fellowships for application guidelines. For questions about the Mellon Scholars Program, contact Dr. Deirdre Cooper, Owens Program Director at paahdirector@librarycompany.org

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