Pre-Doctoral Fellowship


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, 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 (beginning August 1, 2024, and ending July 31, 2026). This includes an annual stipend of $30,000, plus health insurance.


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 "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)
    • Bibliography (should not exceed 4 double-spaced pages) 
      • The working bibliography must be attached through the WorkDay application under "Writing Sample 2"
  • 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


  1. Please visit UVA's Apply Central Application Management website
  2. Create an account as a first time user or as a returning user
  3. Start a new application (for 2024 term)
  4. Select "Woodson Fellowship" under drop-down menu
  5. Create application
  6. Upload necessary documents*
  7. Complete background information, in-state and military status (if applicable)
  8. Add names for 3 recommenders**
  9. Review and submit application

*Statement on personal background is entirely optional, declining to do so will not negatiely impact your application package. 

**Letters of recommendation may be requested prior to the submission of the full applciation. Once you input the recommender's information, an automated message will invite the recommender to submit a letter on your behalf. This can take place prior to the submission of the full application. Please note: all letters of recommendation must be received by December 7, 2023

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 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.

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


Formatting: "Writing Sample" document