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 fellowship period is for one or two months during the summer. Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month while conducting research in Chicago.
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 should include a letter of application, a curriculum vita or resume, and three letters of recommendation.
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 $1,000 per month for one or two months.
Fellows will be provided with the following:
- Regular researcher access to the Harsh Collection at the Carter G. Woodson Library, including use of the manuscript room and normal borrowing privileges.
- Reserve shelves in library/archive
- Seminars for presentation and discussion of work
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.
For more information about applying, please contact VGHS.