W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute

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 Afro-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.

About W.E.B. DuBois


Scholar, writer, editor, and civil rights pioneer, was born William Edward Burghardt Du Bois in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the son of Mary Silvina Burghardt, a domestic worker, and Alfred Du Bois, a barber and itinerant laborer.

In later life Du Bois made a close study of his family origins, weaving them rhetorically and conceptually—if not always accurately—into almost everything he wrote.

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W. E. B. Du Bois Fellows

Akua Naru

Akua Naru

Hiphop Artist
2018-2019: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow
Akua Naru is a Hiphop Artist. As a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive Research Institute for the 2018-2019 academic year, she will be at work on... Read more about Akua Naru
Christopher Ouma

Christopher Ouma

Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Cape Town
Fall 2018: Mandela Fellow

Christopher Ouma holds a Doctorate from the Department of African Literature at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a...

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Fellows Program


The 2019-2020 fellowship application is now closed. The application for 2020-2021 will be availabe in the fall.

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Fellows Guide

Welcome to the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center!  Here is some information pertaining to your stay.



Our weekly colloquia meet Wednesdays at 12:00pm in the Thompson Room.

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