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University of Massachusetts Amherst Du Bois Five College Fellowships 2018, USA


March 16, 2018


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Fellowship opportunity at The Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Through a generous grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass and with the Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), offer graduate student fellowships to assist scholars in conducting research at SCUA in the W.E.B. Among the approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts held by SCUA are many valuable collections for the study of social change in the United States, including the papers of the most important exponent of the politics and culture of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Du Bois. In addition, the University Library houses over three million volumes and a rich suite of electronic resources to support advanced research in the humanities.  Five College Graduate fellowships are awarded to graduate students at UMass Amherst or in the Five College community.


 Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All graduate students enrolled at UMass Amherst or in the Five College community are eligible to apply. Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois’s scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures.

Awards and Expectations

Five College graduate student fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000 for an eight-week library residency. Fellows may schedule their residencies for any time between July in the year of award through the following April.

Selection criteria:

All fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research in the Du Bois Papers and other SCUA collections. The criteria for selection will include: 

  • potential of the proposal to contribute to scholarship, 
  • fit with Du Boisian themes, 
  • the need for use of SCUA collections, and 
  • the letter of support. The application will consist of a brief (up to 3 pages) description of the research project, a curriculum vita, and a letter of support.

For further information click "Link to Original" below. 

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