Fellows Program

The Fellows Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. 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 for a period of one to two semesters in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies. With a record of supporting more than 300 Fellows since its founding, the Institute has arguably done more in its short existence to ensure the scholarly development of African and African American Studies than any other pre-doctoral or post-doctoral program in the United States.


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Afro-Latin American Research Institute Fellowship

This fellowship supports research in the field of Afro-Latin American studies.

College Board Fellowship

Established by the College Board, this fellowship is designed to bring to the Du Bois Institute scholars who address the subject of black youth, education, opportunity, and achievement gaps.

Dorothy Porter & Charles Harris Wesley Fellowship

This fellowship is designed to support doctoral candidates as they complete their dissertations.

Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Fellowship

Supported by a generous gift from Ms. Genevieve McMillan, this fellowship is intended to bring an established scholar to pursue work in the art of the African diaspora.

Hiphop Archive Fellowship

The fellowship program is at the heart of the activities and mission of the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute.  Archive fellowships are intended for women and men who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts in connection with Hiphop. The Archive offers annual or semi-annual fellowships at Harvard University to further the development of Hiphop scholars and artists by assisting fellow's engagement in research or creative projects in any of the arts. Consistent with the motto of the Archive to build, respect and represent, the Archive seeks projects from scholars and artists designed to build on the rich and complex Hiphop tradition, to respect the tradition through historically grounded and contextualized critical insights, and most importantly, to represent one's own creative and/or intellectually rigorous contribution to Hiphop and the discourse through personal projects. Personal projects off Fellows may include manuscript projects, performance pieces, album work, curriculum planning, primary archival research, seminar teaching and exhibition preparation, among others.

Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship

Named in honor of the rap artist Nas, the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship funds scholars and artists who demonstrate exceptional productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts, in connection with hiphop.

Hutchins Fellowship

Established by Glenn Hutchins, this funded fellowship is designed to bring a distinguished figure in the field of African and African American Studies to the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

James M. Manyika Fellowship

Established by James M. Manyika, this fellowship brings promising scholars and artists with exceptional creativity from Zimbabwe or its diaspora who address any of the subjects of African literature, art and science, or issues related to Africans in the global diaspora. The fellowship may also be awarded to scholars and artists from other countries in Southern Africa.

Mandela Mellon Fellowship

With funds from The Andrew A. Mellon Foundation, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute and the University of Cape Town established the Mandela Fellowship Program. This program aims to serve as a means for scholars in South Africa to be released from the pressing demands of higher education in that country, allowing them the needed time and space for research and engagement with a larger community of scholars. In order to qualify as a Visiting Mandela Fellow, scholars must be presently based at the University of Cape Town.

Mark Claster Mamolen Fellowship

Established in honor of friend and National Advisory Board Member, the late Mark Mamolen, this fellowship brings scholars in the field of Afro-Latin American Studies to the Du Bois Research Institute.

Oppenheimer Fellowship

Established by Jennifer Oppenheimer and in partnership with the Committee on African Studies at Harvard, this fellowship is designed to bring emerging as well as established scholars of African Studies to the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

Research on Women and Girls of Color Fellowship

As part of Melissa Harris-Perry’s Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research, the Hutchins Center hosts one fellow per year whose research focuses on the representation and/or lived experience of women and girls of color.

Richard D. Cohen Fellowship

Established by Richard D. Cohen, this fellowship is designed to bring a distinguished scholar of African and African American art history to the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to bring emerging as well as established scholars of African and African American Studies to the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowships 

This fellowship is intended to bring emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and artists to the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

 

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