Applications for W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowships now being Accepted

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

The W.E.B. Du Bois Center is now accepting applications for post-doctoral and graduate fellowships to assist scholars in conducting research in the W. E. B. Du Bois Papers housed in the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives.

Full-time faculty or independent scholars with a Ph.D. are eligible for the post-doctoral fellowships. Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500 for a six-week Library residency along with a housing allowance of $2,500 and a research allowance of $600. In addition to the six-week residency, Du Bois Scholars will be invited to return to campus to give a public talk.

Graduate students at UMass and other local institution are eligible for summer 2020 fellowships. This fellowship consists of a $3,000 stipend, with additional funds available for research, access to material in the University Archives including the W. E. B. Du Bois Papers and mentorship from Phillip Luke Sinitiere, the Du Bois Center scholar in residence. Graduate students should be available to attend meetings on campus and other events during the academic year.

The deadline for application for both post-doctoral and graduate fellowships is Wednesday, April 15. To apply, send a brief description the proposed research project, a CV and letter of support to program manager Adam Holmes at

Email or call Holmes at 413-545-9468 
to request additional information.

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, Katherine Bell Banks, Lillian Hyman Katzman, and Catherine A. Latimer, as well as the papers of scholars who studied Du Bois, including William Strickland and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis.