The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

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

Application Process Post-Doc


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, 2022, and ending July 31, 2024). 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 $47,500, plus full-time benefits.


December 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time



  • C.V/Resume (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_CV)
  • Cover Letter (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_COVER LETTER)
  • Writing Sample 1 (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_SAMPLE1)
    • N.B: Please submit 1 attachment containing the following information (for proper formatting, please refer to the sample image in the "questions" section)
      • Project title
      • Abstract or short-description of project (should not exceeed 50 words)
      • Project description (should not exceed 7 double-spaced pages or 1,750 words)
  • Writing Sample 2 (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_SAMPLE2)
    • N.B: Please submit 1 attachment containing the following:
      • Bibliography (should not exceed 4 double-spaced pages)
      • Syllabus for a previously taught or prospective course
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (signed originals only) by persons qualified to evaluate the proposals for which support is being sought



Please visit UVA job board in WorkDay.

Search for the requsition number: R0029530

Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to

***All letters of recommendation must be received by December 7, 2021***

*** Please note multiple documents can be submitted in the CV/Resume Box..***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

All letters of recommendation must be received by December 7, 2021



Application deadline: December 1, 2021

Recommendations deadline: December 7, 2021 

Review Period

December 2021 - January 2022

Notification of Awards

March 2022

Fellowship Residency Begins

August 2022


  • Please do not wait until the last day to submit your application. If are technical difficulties in the submission process, we are unable to accept applications after the deadline.    

  • 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:

  1. The nature of the research to be completed during the period of the fellowship award, as well as the significance of this work 
  2. A detailed plan of research and revision 
  3. 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. 


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, 2022. 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: Robert Trent Vinson at

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson,

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.



Formatting for Writing Sample 1: