University of Michigan Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017, USA

Publish Date: Sep 08, 2017

Deadline: Dec 01, 2017

Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan invites applications for the Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellowship Program from scholars working on Africa or the African diaspora. Consideration will be given to all disciplines including the humanities, social sciences and in some cases law, business, urban planning and other professional schools. Scholars from or who study the Gullah speaking Sea islands, Cape Verde islands, the Anglophone Caribbean, the Canary Islands, and Madagascar and/or other less studied areas are especially encouraged to apply.

This is a residential fellowship for the academic year. The fellowship package is worth $45,000 plus health insurance coverage. Included in the package is a stipend of $42,000. Health insurance, plus $1,000 for research and up to $2,000 for travel expenses are also included. Successful candidates can expect to maintain affiliations with DAAS as well as departments and research institutes that relate to their projects. Fellows will be expected to conduct a DAAS work-in-progress seminar on their research during one of the semesters in residence in the form of a five or six-week “mini-course" as well as to be a presenter in at least one colloquium during the academic year. The mini-course should be designed to expose a small group of upper-level undergraduates and graduate students to new, specialized, and advanced research topics in Afroamerican and African Studies.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand from an institution other than the University of Michigan and be no more than five years beyond the completion of their degree. That is, for the 2018-19 academic year, applicants are required to have earned a Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2013 and no later than August 31, 2018.

Application Deadline

All application materials are due by December 1st at 5 pm eastern standard time. Be aware that your references must submit their letters via an automated system that they gain access to via an email that is generated when you complete and submit your application. All reference letters are due by December 15th at 5 pm. eastern standard time.

Application Procedure

Applicants can submit an online application which includes the following:

a. A cover letter - can include biographical information, an indication of the applicant's intellectual path and their knowledge of DAAS
b. A curriculum vitae
c. A research proposal and schedule of activities - 3 to 5 pages (1000 words)
d. A writing sample - 15 to 20 pages, double-spaced
e. The names and contact information for three references who will be asked to respond through an online system. If your reference letters will be arriving via a document management system, please have them delivered to:

In addition to the above materials, applicants who have not yet completed their Ph.D. must also submit the following materials:

a. The name and contact information of the dissertation faculty advisor to verify whether the applicant is likely to complete the dissertation by August 31, 2018. The advisor will be asked to respond through an online system.
b. An official transcript or copy of one indicating when the applicant completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (ABD status). If an applicant who has not yet completed his or her Ph.D. yet is selected to be a fellow, he or she must also submit proof that all the requirements of the Ph.D. have been completed by August 31, 2018, in order to begin the fellowship in September.


Candidates will be notified of the Fellowship Committee's decision by March 1.
Questions should be directed to:

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