Fellows Program

The Fellows Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research for a period of one to two semesters in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies. With a record of supporting more than 300 Fellows since its founding, the Institute has arguably done more in its short existence to ensure the scholarly development of African and African American Studies than any other pre-doctoral or post-doctoral program in the United States.

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Fellows' Comments on their Experiences

I liked every single minute of my time here. I liked the staff professionalism, the Wednesday lunches and colloquium; the various events.

I had a wonderful time. I thought the fellowship struck a great balance between independent work and group activities. I could not have asked for more or better. I want to thank the staff in particular for being so attentive and nice, and Skip for setting a wonderful tone. 

There were plenty of opportunities to engage other scholars and Harvard, and Skip was incredibly generous with his time.

I liked  the office space, the proximity to the library, and the many opportunities to informally swap work with.

I really enjoyed time with the fellows, and the food!

On the Fellows’ Colloquia:  These were the most informative, educational and well-presented talks I have ever come across in a scholarly community.

I had the opportunity to attend amazing events.

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