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HomeCall for ApplicationsNew Virginia HBCU Humanities Fellowship

New Virginia HBCU Humanities Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 7, 2022.

The Urban Leaders Fellowship is a paid summer fellowship that recruits the best and brightest for an intensive, seven-The Virginia HBCU Fellowship will fund the humanities research of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) scholars affiliated with Virginia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The fellowships are made possible by a major grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation built on their long record of support for HBCUs. Selected candidates will join the nearly half-century legacy of Virginia Humanities’ fellowship program and become part of a distinguished family of writers, scholars, and researchers that includes Nikki Giovanni, Robert Trent Vinson, Cassandra Newby-Alexander, and Margot Lee Shetterly.


To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated (current doctoral student, alumni, or faculty) with one of Virginia’s HBCUs. Projects of interest can range across the disciplines of human-centered social sciences, traditional humanities, public, and digital humanities.

To prioritize health and safety, the fellowship will not require scholars to relocate to Virginia Humanities’ office in Charlottesville or to the Library of Virginia in Richmond as previous Virginia Humanities fellowships have. The non-residential opportunity also strives to mitigate the inequities many BIPOC scholars face in their efforts to conduct research while balancing the demands of higher education, related service, and family obligations.

Application Procedure

Complete Online Application Form Including:
• Proof of Virginia HBCU affiliation
• Project Proposal
• Bibliography
• Curriculum Vitae
• Letter of institutional support and release
• Two letters of recommendation

Official Website: New Virginia HBCU Humanities Fellowship



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