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Dissertation Fellowship

african and african diaspora studies

DEADLINE: 31 January 2014

Boston College’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) invites scholars working in any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies, to apply for our dissertation fellowship. We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.

This fellowship includes a $30,060 stipend, health insurance, a $1,500 research budget, and a shared office. The fellow must remain in residence and maintain an active presence on Boston College’s campus for the academic year.  The fellow must deliver one public lecture and teach one seminar course. The successful applicant will have full access to all libraries as well as several rare books and manuscripts collections; the Nicholas M. Williams/Caribbeana Collection may be of particular interest. The fellow can also benefit from programs sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts; International Studies, American Studies, and Middle East Studies Programs; as well as the internationally renowned McMullen Museum.

Applications must include: 1) a 3000 word project proposal that includes a plan for completion and description of how this fellowship will assist in achieving future professional goals, 2) a 25 page MAXIMUM writing sample, 3) a CV, and 4) three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor. Eligible applicants must be ABD by the start of the fellowship year. To view this information in pdf format, AADS Application.*


Submit all application materials – including letters of recommendation – by Friday, 31 January 2014 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) via Interfolio at

Past recipient profiles.

Past recipients' dissertation descriptions.

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.


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