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Africana Research Center

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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.


The program runs from July through June each year, with a two-year option. 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 $53,760, plus health insurance and funds for research and moving expenses. The hosting department also provides office space and a computer.

The ARC will be accepting fellowship applications again in the fall of 2022 or 2023, beginning in early September.