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 Pre-Doc


The Carter G. Woodson Institute's distinguished fellowship is a two-year residential fellowship for pre-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 (beginning August 1, 2022, and ending July 31, 2024). This includes an annual stipend of $24,000, plus health insurance.


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)
  • Bibliography (should not exceed 4 double-spaced pages) (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_SAMPLE2)
    • N.B: The working bibliography must be attached through the WorkDay application under "Writing Sample 2"
  • 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 requisition number: R0029534

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.***




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 Woodson Institute fellowship is open to qualified candidates without restriction as to citizenship or current residence.

The pre-doctoral fellows must be in residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia for the duration of the award period. Fellows are expected to participate in the series of workshops held during the academic year and to present their work periodically to the larger academic community.

Fellows may accept no employment, fellowships, or consulting obligations during the Woodson fellowship period without the approval of the Director.


All applications and supporting documents will be reviewed by a local committee supported by such outside consultants as may be required. Proposals will be judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. The significance of the proposed work
  2. The qualifications of the applicant
  3. Familiarity with existing relevant research literature
  4. The research design of the project
  5. 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: