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

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

Social Anthropology PhD Candidate at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Afro-Cuba Hiphop Producer
2018-2019: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia is an Afro-Cuban Hiphop producer who has also managed urban musicians and music-related projects in Cuba for over twenty years. He...

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Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun

Spring 2019: Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellow and Harvard Scholar at Risk Fellow
Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun is a Nigerian poet. As an Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellow and the Harvard Scholars at Risk Fellow... Read more about Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun
Giuseppe Pipitone

Giuseppe Pipitone

Hiphop scholar
Spring 2019: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow
Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone is an independent scholar and an activist. He writes about Hip Hop culture and politics for Il Manifesto. His latest book is Stand... Read more about Giuseppe Pipitone

Fellows Program


The 2019-2020 fellowship application is now available. Deadline: January 17, 2019.

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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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