Timuel D. Black

Timuel D. Black Jr.

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    Timuel D. Black, Jr. Short-Term Fellowships in African-American Studies

    The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund, a standing committee of the Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., is intended to support short-term research fellowships, archival internships and public lectures related to the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature housed at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library. The fellowship program supports scholars, writers, educators and institutional researchers who would benefit from research conducted at the Vivian G. Harsh Collection. The Timuel D. Black Short-Term Fellowship in African American Studies supports one (or more) fellows for a period of at least one month during the summer. Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $2,000 while conducting research in Chicago at the Harsh Collection. Applicants are welcome to submit applications on any topic that requires significant use of the Harsh collection. However, for summer 2018, the fellowship committee is particularly interested in research projects related to Black women's history/feminism, 1968, and/or Black protest (broadly construed).

    The Timuel D. Black Jr. Fellow, must have exhibited excellence in their inquiries, have a significant body of work, and have demonstrated a need to conduct research in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature.

    The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund is intended to be self-sustaining, and an active contributor to the preeminence of the Collection. A goal of the Fund is to establish an endowment. This would, we believe, support the modest activities envisioned for the Fund in perpetuity.

    Sherry Williams, Bronzeville/Black Chicago Historical Society
    Professor Sonja Williams, Chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Film in the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University

    Brian Dollinar, PhD., Professor, African-American Literature, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
    Gerald Butters, PhD., History Department, Aurora University

    Bonnie Claudia Harrison, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Kennedy-King College, City Colleges of Chicago
    Worth K. Hayes, Assistant Professor, Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina

    The Timuel D. Black Fund is managed in collaboration with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. All applications must be submitted electronically (https://bmrc.submittable.com/submit) and should include a letter of interest, a project description, curriculum vita, and two letters of recommendation. The Summer 2018 application deadline is March 15, 2018.

    Selection Process

    Applications for the Timuel D. Black Research Fellowships will be evaluated by a peer review panel consisting of scholars, educators, and community leaders, drawn from nominees provided by the Harsh Society and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium.

    Stipends for short-term Fellowships will be up to $2,000 for a period of at least one month.
    Fellows will be provided with the following:

    1. Regular researcher access to the Harsh Collection at the Carter G. Woodson Library, including use of the manuscript room and normal borrowing privileges.
    2. Reserve shelves in library/archive
    3. Opportunity to give a public lecture related to Harsh Collection research

    The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Short-Term Fellowships in African-American Studies is made possible by the generous support of individual contributions to the Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Past supporters have included Ariel Investments, The Polk Bros. Foundation and Kraft Foods.

    Additional questions about the 2018 fellowship, should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland (etoddbre@uic.edu) and include “Timuel D. Black Fellowship” in the subject line.