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Summer Short-Term Fellowship Program

BMRC invites applications for the 2019 Summer Short-term Fellowship Program. Awardees will receive a $4,000 stipend for a one-month fellowship (between June and August)!  Scholars, researchers, and artists are eligible for the Fellowship based on their research interests, and  need for access to Black collections found within BMRC Member Institutions.  While submissions from applicants living outside of metropolitan Chicago will have slight priority, all who are eligible are encouraged to apply.  Please submit your full application here. 

The Timuel D. Black Short-Term Fellowship in African American Studies 

The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund, a standing committee of the Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., plans to grant one Timuel D. Black Short-Term Fellowship in African American Studies for summer 2019. This short-term fellowship, for up to $2,500, is intended to support research by scholars, writers, educators, and institutional researchers using collections from the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature housed at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library. Applicants are welcome to submit applications on any topic that requires significant use of the Harsh collection. However, in anticipation of a new exhibit at the library on the Illinois Black Panther Party, the fellowship committee is particularly interested in research projects related to community organizing, coalition building, and/or Black radicalism. The fellowship period is for one month during summer 2019 (June-August). During their time in Chicago, the fellow is expected to give a public lecture related to their research in the Harsh Collection. 

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Applicants must upload and submit ALL application materials by Monday February 18, 2019, 11:59pm (CST) 

REFERENCE LETTERS: Reference letters must also be submitted by Monday February 18, 2019 11:59pm (CST). Letter writers should upload letters using the link from Submittable.com that is automatically emailed to them once the applicant enters the letter writer's email address and submits the application. Please instruct letter writers to look for this email in their Spam folder if they do not see it in their Inbox. All questions about letters for the Timuel D. Black Short-term Fellowship should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland, etoddbre@uic.edu.

The Vivian G. Harsh Society's Timuel D. Black Short-term Fellowship application is hosted on Submittable in collaboration with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC). However, the Timuel D. Black Short-term Fellowship competition is a sepate fellowship program from the BMRC Short-term Fellowship program with a separate application process. Applicants are certainly welcome to apply for both fellowship programs.

Contact Information:

Additional questions about the Fellowship, should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland (etoddbre@uic.edu) and include “Timuel D. Black Fellowship” in the subject line.   

About the Vivian G. Harsh Society

The Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., a 501 © (3) organization, focuses on preserving, making accessible and publicizing the rich Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection, the largest research collection of documents pertaining to Black history and culture in the Midwest. Please visit http://harshsociety.org/ for more information about the Vivian G. Harsh Society.

About Timuel D. Black, Jr.

Timuel D. Black, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at the City Colleges of Chicago and author of the acclaimed Bridges of Memory histories of Black Chicago and a new memoir, Sacred Ground.  Professor Black played a major role in many of the landmark struggles waged by African Americans in Chicago in the 20th century, including: education desegregation, the Chicago freedom movement, and the historic campaign to elect Harold Washington mayor. In December 2018, the Vivian G. Harsh Society was honored to co-sponsor several events celebrating Timuel D. Black Jr.'s continued activism and service to our community upon the occasion of his 100th birthday. 

The application process will close at 11:59pm (CST) February 18, 2019.

Applicants will be notified of application results by the end of March 2019.

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