Fellowship Categories

Active Fellowships

Advancing Equity Through Research Fellowship

Advancing Equity Through Research Fellowship (formerly the Research on Women and Girls of Color Fellowship)
This fellowship is part of the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research. Founded by Melissa Harris-Perry, the Collaborative is a voluntary affiliation of institutions in the United States committed duly to taking meaningful action to support and improve research addressing the lives of women and girls of color, and to expanding research opportunities for women of color.

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.

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.

J. M. D. 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.

Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship

The fellowship program is at the heart of the activities and mission of the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute. Named in honor of the rap artist Nas, Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowships fund scholars and artists who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and creativity in the arts in connection with Hiphop. Annual or semi-annual fellowships are intended to further the development of Hiphop scholars and artists and to support 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 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 individual creative and/or intellectually rigorous contributions to Hiphop and its discourse through personal projects. Personal projects of Nas Fellows may be manuscript projects, performance pieces, album work, curriculum planning, primary archival research, seminar teaching, and exhibition preparation, among other possibilities.

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 

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.

retired fellowships

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.

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.