The Carter G. Woodson Institute's distinguished fellowship is a two-year residential fellowship for post-doctoral students whose work focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora. Scholars selected for the fellowship will relocate to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia to join a cohort of interdisciplinary scholars. Fellows receive funding for two years teaching (beginning August 1, 2019, and ending July 31, 2021). In addition to research, post-doctoral will have teaching responsibilities. The fellowship carries the title of Lecturer and pays an annual (12 month) salary of $47,476, plus full-time benefits.
December 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
- Letter of interest (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_APP LETTER)
- C.V. (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_CV)
- Project title
- Short-description of project (should not exceeed 50 words)
- Project description (should not exceed 7 double-spaced pages or 1,750 words) (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_SAMPLE1)
- Bibliography (should not exceed 4 double-spaced pages) (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_BIBLIOGRAPHY)
- Syllabus for a previously taught or prospective course (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_SYLLABUS)
- 3 letters of reference
Apply via the Human Resources online portal: Jobs@UVA
Search "Job Postings" using the posting number: 0624184
Upload application materials (following above format) onto online portal
Letters of recommendation should be sent separately as PDFs (or via mail) to:
All letters must be postmarked no later than midnight December 1, 2018 and mailed to:
Residential Research Fellowships
The Carter G. Woodson Institute
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400162
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4162
All letters of recommendation must be received by December 7, 2018
Application deadline: December 1, 2019
Recommendations deadline: December 7, 2019
December 2018 - January 2019
Notification of Awards
Fellowship Awards Begin
C.V. must include the following: personal contact information, date(s) and location(s) of degree(s) earned, honors and awards, lectures and conference presentations, publications and, the names of three referees.
Project description should include the following:
- The nature of the research to be completed during the period of the fellowship award, as well as the significance of this work
- A detailed plan of research and revision
- An outline of the concrete objectives to be achieved during the award period. These objectives must include a statement of publication plans for the proposed research and writing.
Bibliography can be a "working bibliography," but should list those scholarly works that the applicant considers most important to the intellectual development of the project.
ELIGIBILITY AND TERMS/CONDITIONS
The fellowship is open to qualified candidates without restriction as to citizenship or current residence. Applicants for the post-doctoral fellowship must have been awarded their Ph.D. by the time of application or furnish proof from the relevant registrar that all documentation required for the Ph.D. has been submitted by July 15, 2019. Post-doctoral applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than six-years prior to the application deadline.
Please note: Individuals may not apply for the Woodson pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the same time.
The post-doctoral fellow must be in residence at UVa in Charlottesville, Virginia for the duration of the award period, and must agree to teach one course per year in the African-American and African Studies program during the Fall or Spring semester. Woodson fellows are expected to participate in the series of workshops (about twice monthly) and to make at least one formal presentation of their work to the University community.
All applications and supporting documents will be reviewed by a committee constituted of Woodson Institute Faculty and Affiliates according to the following research and teaching missions of the Institute:
1) We value research that is at the cutting edge of the fields of African American Studies, African Studies, and Afro-Caribbean Studies, and in those disciplines within the humanities and social sciences traditionally attuned to these fields.
2) Although candidates may be positioned critically in traditional disciplines, their work must be rigorously interdisciplinary without diminishing intellectual depth.
3) Such work should advance received scholarship in the fields of African American, African, and Afro-Caribbean Studies – its key theories, methods, themes, and problems.
3) We especially seek work that elucidates the trans-continental experiences and discourses related to the social, historical, and cultural construction of people of African descent through both traditional and recent approaches -- Pan-Africanism, Afrocentrism, Trans-Atlantic Studies, African Diaspora Studies, critical race theory, and cultural studies.
4) We seek work that advances theories on the construction of race, and race in relation to other social identities – class, gender, sexuality, nationality, disability – as well as that which focuses on refining methods of interdisciplinary scholarship on race.
5) We encourage research in these fields that engage the professions -- law, medicine, social work, public policy, education, architecture and planning -- in innovative ways.
6) We will favor candidates whose research can be readily adapted for the creation of courses and pedagogies directly pertinent to the Institute's curriculum in African American and Diasporic studies.
Proposals will be judged on the basis of the following criteria:
- The significance of the proposed work
- The qualifications of the applicant
- Familiarity with existing relevant research literature
- The research design of the project
- The promise of completion within the award period
Preference will be given to applicants whose field research is already substantially completed.
The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Questions regarding the application process or Jobs@UVA posting number 0624184 should be directed to: