Post-Doctoral Fellowship


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 including but not limited to research pertaining to African American, Carribean, Latin American, African, and Diasporic contexts. Scholars selected for the fellowship are required to 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, 2024, and ending July 31, 2026). 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 $50,000, plus full-time benefits.


December 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time


Application Materials

  • C.V/Resume (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_CV)
  • Cover Letter (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_COVER LETTER)
  • Writing Sample 1 (file naming protocol: LASTNAME_SAMPLE1)
    • Please submit 1 attachment containing the following information (for proper formatting, please refer to the sample image in the "formatting" section below)
      • 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)
    • 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 by persons qualified to evaluate the proposals for which support is being sought
  • N.B.: The application does not require an additional academic writing sample (a paper or dissertation chapter). The review committee will assess the abstract and project description as an example of one's writing.   


Submission Information


Please visit UVA job board in WorkDay

Search for the requsition number: R0053685

Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to the following email address:

***All letters of recommendation must be received by December 7, 2023***

*** 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, 2023

Recommendations deadline: December 7, 2023 

Review Period

December 2023 - January 2024

Notification of Awards

March 2024

Fellowship Residency Begins

August 2024


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, 2024. 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.

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


Formatting: "Writing Sample" document