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.

The ARC is now accepting postdoc fellowship applications for the 2022-23 academic year. Click on this link to apply: https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Postdoctoral-Scholar_REQ_0000018585-1 

Eligibility

Applicants must conduct research that centers on or is related to Africa and the African Diaspora. Ideally, applicants will have been awarded the doctorate within the past five years or will earn the doctorate before the start of the Fellowship year. Applications are accepted from all disciplines; however, as the ARC is housed in the College of the Liberal Arts (CLA), preference is afforded to applicants with research that aligns with the CLA departments. For a complete listing of CLA academic departments, please see: Academic Departments in Liberal Arts

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by a committee composed of the ARC Director and other Penn State faculty. Up to eight candidates will be invited to campus to participate in the Emerging Scholars Speaker Series (ESSS), during which they will showcase their research and meet with faculty and administrators. The ESSS event takes place in two parts in January and February 2022. Two fellows will be chosen from among the ESSS participants for the 2022-2023 academic year. Fellows will be selected in Spring 2022.

Notification of Fellowship Award

Notifications will be made by March 2022. 

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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