Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships and Grants

The Africana Research Center (ARC) provides monetary support for scholars whose primary research centers on the African Diaspora. Our mission is to encourage and support research and scholarship that enhances the lives of African people across the Diaspora, and serves as a catalyst for promoting an enabling environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured to advance the research, teaching, and outreach mission of Penn State. We strongly encourage the development of interdisciplinary work.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

In the fall of 2005, Penn State initiated a postdoctoral Fellowship program for scholars conducting research on Africa and the African Diaspora. Housed in the Africana Research Center (ARC), this initiative is intended to foster a world-class community of early career scholars. Scholars selected as Fellows have opportunities to showcase their research and scholarship as well as to engage with noted scholars in their respective fields. Both contribute to the academic and cultural environments at PSU.

Program

The program runs from July through June each year. The ARC matches each Fellow with a senior faculty mentor who provides guidance and support throughout the Fellowship year. Fellows are expected to be in residence and to be active in PSU’s community of scholars; however, they are not assigned teaching or administrative responsibilities during their residencies. Fellows take part in a series of professional development seminars as well as writing-for-publication sessions. The Fellowship provides a salary of $50,004, plus health insurance and funds for research and moving expenses. The hosting department also provides office space and a computer.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the ARC will not be accepting applications in the fall of 2020. 

Center and Institute Fellows Program

The Center and Institute Fellows Program is for graduate students on their humanities release. The program partners with centers like the ARC to provide students $1,000 in research funds. If selected, scholars will be affiliated with the ARC. Scholars will have opportunities to take part in or plan some of its activities, share common experiences with others affiliated with the ARC, and share work-in-progress with faculty and other graduate students. Those wishing to apply should have research that centers on or furthers the ARC’s mission.

For complete College of the Liberal Arts requirements, please visit: https://la.psu.edu/current-students/graduate-students/student-resources/funding-opportunities/center-institute-fellows-program.

Applicants should send one copy of application materials, either pdf or hard copy, to Alena Sunderland at ant106@psu.edu or 105 Sparks Building (phone: 814-865-1439).

The Center and Institute’s directors will make selections. Those not selected for a Center or Institute Award, if otherwise eligible, will be granted a department dissertation award. Notifications will be made by May 1.

Note: Because we are part of the College of Liberal Arts and the Humanities umbrella, we only consider candidates outside that umbrella if we receive no viable Humanities candidates. Please check back after the deadline if you are outside of the College of the Liberal Arts and are interested in applying for a fellowship. Applicants must be ABD and already receiving dissertation support through their College, which this award would supplement.

Research Grants

The Africana Research Center (ARC) provides monetary support for scholars whose primary research centers on the African Diaspora. Our mission is to encourage and support research and scholarship that enhances the lives of African people across the Diaspora, and serves as a catalyst for promoting an enabling environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured to advance the research, teaching, and outreach mission of Penn State. We strongly encourage the development of interdisciplinary work.

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