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Friday, October 19, 2012



The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia invites scholars whose work focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora to apply for a two-year predoctoral research fellowship. The fellowship covers two years (beginning August 25, 2013, and ending August 24, 2015) and carries an annual stipend of $20,000, plus health insurance.
The Woodson Institute fellowship is open to qualified candidates without restriction as to citizenship or current residence.

Applicants for the predoctoral fellowship must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation prior to August 1, 2013. Please note: individuals may not apply for the Woodson predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in the same year.

The predoctoral fellows must be in residence at the University of 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.

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To apply, please submit a Candidate Profile on-line through Jobs@UVA (; search on Posting Number 0610410. Please attach: a letter of application (250-word maximum) stating interest in the program; a curriculum vitae which must include the following: personal information, date(s) and location(s) of degree(s) earned, honors and awards, lectures and conference presentations, publications and, the names of three referees.

Applicants must submit a project abstract, including title, not to exceed 50 words as well as a project description, including title, not to exceed seven double-spaced pages (1,750 words). The project description must include the following: 1) the nature of the research to be completed during the period of the fellowship award, as well as the significance of this work; 2) a detailed plan of research and revision; 3) an outline of the concrete objectives to be achieved during the award period. These objectives must include a statement of publication plans for the proposed research and writing. Project descriptions must be attached through Jobs@ UVA under "Writing Sample 1." Project descriptions exceeding seven double-spaced pages will not be passed on to the committee.

Please submit a working bibliography not to exceed four double-spaced pages. The bibliography must list those scholarly works that the applicant considers most important to the intellectual development of the project. The working bibliography must be attached through Jobs@ UVA under "Writing Sample 2".

In addition, please arrange to have three confidential letters of reference (signed originals only) sent directly to the Woodson Institute by persons qualified to evaluate the proposals for which support is being sought.

Reference letters must be sent to:

Selection Committee
Residential Research Fellowships
The Carter G. Woodson Institute
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400162
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4162

Complete applications must be received no later than midnight EST on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Deborah E. McDowell

Lawrie Balfour

Questions regarding the application process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Cheryll Lewis

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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