Dissertation Fellowship

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

Fellowship Information:

The fellow must remain in residence for the 9-month academic year, deliver one research presentation, and teach one seminar course. The fellow will also receive compensation for teaching the course. The fellow is expected to attend AADS lectures and works-in-progress sessions and generally be a part of the intellectual life of the program.

This 2023/2024 fellowship also includes:

  • A $30,000 stipend
  • access to highly subsidized health insurance through Boston College
  • a $1,500 research budget
  • a $3,000 moving expense allotment
  • a fully equipped, shared office

Applications must include:

  • a 3000-word project proposal that includes a plan for completion and description of how this fellowship will assist the applicant in achieving future professional goals
  •  a writing sample of no more than 25 pages
  • an updated CV
  • 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 Apply

Submit all application materials – including letters of recommendation – by Wednesday, 10 January 2024 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) via Interfolio


Meet our past dissertation recipients and explore their projects.

The fellow will also benefit from the other available benefits including: 
  • Full access to BC's seven libraries as well as several rare book and manuscript collections including the Nicholas M. Williams Caribbeana Collection, consisting of materials from and about Africa, Jamaica, and the British West Indies.
  • Voluntary participation in the Apprenticeship in College Teaching and informal conversations about teaching with other graduate students
  • Events and installations sponsored by programs in International Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Islamic Civilization and Societies, and the internationally renowned McMullen Museum

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