Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies welcomed its first Fellow to Case Western Reserve University in 2008-09. The first humanities and social sciences fellowship of its kind at CWRU, the Postdoctoral Fellowship promotes intellectual, curricular, and faculty diversity at CWRU, as well as seeks to help junior scholars advance through the academy. It does so by supporting junior scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and scholarship in African American Studies. The yearlong appointment provides Fellows with an opportunity to focus on their own research and publication agenda while building networks with faculty on and off-campus. Fellows also teach a course in their areas of expertise in the field of African American Studies in the Spring semester.

The Fellowship was initiated and is directed by Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, whose faculty appointment is in the History Department. Dr. Williams secured a three-year seed grant from the Office of the Provost to launch the Fellowship. Since 2011-12, the College of Arts & Sciences has provided sustaining support for the program.

The program features annually:

  • a work-in-progress brown bag lunch to discuss the Fellow’s research
  • a course taught by the Fellow in the Spring semester (cross-listed with Ethnic Studies)
  • a culminating presentation by the Fellow in the Spring semester
  • a guest lecture by an advanced scholar in the field of African American Studies in the Spring semester

2017/18 Call for Applications

The College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is offering a postdoctoral fellowship for historical research in African American Studies. The fellowship is open to scholars committed to university-level research and teaching.

Fellows must have their Ph.D. at the time of appointment and not exceed the rank of assistant professor.

The one-year appointment in the History Department begins August 1, 2017, carries a stipend of $55,000 plus medical benefits and up to $5,000 for relocation and research-related expenses. The Fellow is expected to teach one history course (to be cross-listed with Ethnic Studies) in the spring semester, give a public presentation, and submit a report to the director on the year’s activities.

Notification anticipated by early to mid-May.

Application date
31 Mar 2017
Date of residence
1 Aug 2017
1 year
America United States Great Lakes
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 9 years
Award granted
US$ 55.000 + medical benefits + research & relocation expenses