The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

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

The Carter G. Woodson Institute Fellowship Program

About the Woodson Fellowship Program

Since its inception in 1981, the Woodson Institute’s Residential Fellowship Program has attracted outstanding scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work on a wide array of topics in African-American and African Studies, as well as related fields. These two-year fellowships—offered at the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels—are designed to facilitate the writing of dissertations or manuscripts and provide successful applicants the opportunity to discuss and exchange works-in-progress both with each other and the larger intellectual community of the University. Preference is given to applicants whose research is substantially completed, thus providing them the maximum amount of time to complete their manuscripts within the fellowship term.

Post-doctoral fellows are expected to teach one upper-division seminar each year within the African-American and African Studies Program on a topic chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please see the guidelines in the Instructions and Application sections for more information about the fellowship program.


Fellowship Programs


The Carter G. Woodson Institute Fellowship program will be conducting its annual pre- and post-doctoral fellowship competition.  The posting number for this application season will be available on our website by September 30, 2021.  The application deadline is December 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.  All other requirements pertaining to the application process remain the same.    

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*Due to the large number of applications we receive each year, we are unable to provide feedback for unsuccessful applicants.