Applications Open for 2017 Five College Graduate Student Du Bois Fellowship

W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois

The UMass Amherst Libraries are accepting applications for the 2017 Five College Graduate Student Du Bois Fellowship, which offers a stipend of $3,000 for an eight-week library residency. The deadline for applications is April 14.

Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois’ scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures.

The criteria for selection will include the potential of the proposal to contribute to scholarship; the need for the use of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA)’s collections; and a letter of support. The application will consist of a brief (up to three pages) description of the research project, curriculum vitae and the letter of support.

All graduate students at UMass Amherst and the Five Colleges are eligible to apply.

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In addition to the two-month residency, fellows will be invited to give a public talk to the Five College community, UMass faculty fellows, and community college faculty in the humanities and social sciences.

The fellowships are offered through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Since the arrival of the W. E. B. Du Bois Papers at UMass Amherst in 1973, SCUA has become the steward for a number of collections in which Du Bois is a central figure, including those of his associates James Aronson (acquired 1990), Katherine Bell Banks (2004), Lillian Hyman Katzman (2010), and Catherine A. Latimer (2015), as well as the papers of scholars who studied Du Bois, including William Strickland (2014) and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis (2014).

There are, as well, several collections in which Du Bois appears as a direct influence, including the papers of the educator Horace Mann Bond (1979) and the records of the Africa-America Institute, an organization that for more than 60 years has promoted educational and economic ties between African nations and the United States.

Of these, Du Bois, Aronson, Banks, Katzman, and Bond are all fully digitized and available online free of charge. Among the approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts held by SCUA are many valuable collections for the study of social change in the United States, including the papers of the most important exponent of the politics and culture of the twentieth century,
W. E. B. Du Bois.

Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to SCUA’s collections are available online at