The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

Carter G. Woodson Institute Fellowship Application FAQ


Q: Can the research proposal be an extension of one's dissertation research or must it be new research?

A: The focus of your proposal need not derive from your dissertation research.


Q: The application requires 3 referees; must the 3 references be the people sending in your recommendation letters or three different individuals?

A: The same three individuals completing your recommendations should be listed as your three references.  Only three letters are required.


Q: Must the working bibliography be annotated?

A: A bibliography of scholarship informing your project.  It need not be annotated.


Q: To whom should I direct my cover letter?

A: Cover letters and recommendation letters may be directed to: CGWI Fellowship Search Committee


Q: Are recommendation writers permitted to upload PDF letters with electronic signatures? 

A: Yes, recommendations may be electronically signed and emailed in PDF form to for pre-doctoral applicants.  Letters may also be mailed.


Q: Are only electronic copies of application materials allowed? 

A: Only electronic application materials will be accepted. 


Q: Is the fellowship applicable for Ph.D. graduate students in the sciences?

A: The fellowship is restricted to scholars in the humanities and social sciences.


Q: Is the Fellowship program open to foreign candidates?

A: Yes. The Fellowship does consider and accept foreign Ph.D. applicants.


Q: Am I eligible for a post-doctoral fellowship?

A: There are two conditions for eligibility for the post-doctoral fellowship: 

1) Post-doctoral applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. no earlier than 2014.​

2) Post-doctoral fellows must have Ph.D in-hand by the July prior to the fellowship start date, which is July 15, 2019 for the current application period