Funding Roundup – March 2015

A number of great funding opportunities with rapidly approaching deadlines are listed below. We will update this blog post as we learn of other opportunities with March deadlines. Please let us know of any that aren’t listed here.


Mellon Scholars Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History

Dissertation fellowship, with a stipend of $25,000, is tenable from September 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. The award may be divided between two applicants, each of whom would receive $12,500 for the period September 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016 or January 15, 2016 to May 31, 2016. Applicants must be in the later stages of research or writing; application deadline March 1, 2015, with a decision to be made by April 15.
Short-term fellowships, for doctoral candidates and senior scholars, with a stipend of $2,500 for one month of research between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016; application deadline March 1, 2015, with a decision to be made by April 15.

2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in Africa Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University

Deadline: 2/27/2015 (review of applications begins) 
Stanford’s Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral position for a scholar working on Islam in Africa in any time-period and region and in any discipline.  The fellow will teach one course in the Department of History, pursue his/her own research, participate in the activities of Stanford Center for African Studies and Stanford Global Studies Division, and contribute to the intellectual life on campus.


The Gordon P. Golding Senior Honors Thesis Award

The Gordon P. Golding Fund provides financial support to promote undergraduate research on the African American experience from the early 17th through the late 19th centuries.  Research grants are available to help offset the cost of conducting a Senior Honors Thesis. The grants, up to $500, can cover the cost of equipment, supplies, software, publications, transportation, and other expenses.  Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, senior honors theses and research-based undergraduate courses.  Application deadline March 4, 2015.
Application linked here:


Black Metropolis Research Consortium’s Short-term Fellowship (Summer 2015)

The BMRC offers 1-month residential fellowships in the City of Chicago for its Summer Short-term Fellowship Program. Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2009, the Summer Short-term Fellowship Program has engaged scholars, artists, writers, and public historians from the United States and Europe to better formulate new historical narratives of Chicago’s past. The new, original research and art developed through this program is significant as it illuminates the national and international importance of Chicago’s African American community.  Application deadline March 8, 2015.
Application linked here:


Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition  2015-2016 Fellowship

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University invites applications for its 2015-2016 Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to promote a better understanding of all aspects of the institution of slavery from the earliest times to the present. We especially welcome proposals that will utilize the special collections of the Yale University Libraries or other research collections of the New England area, and explicitly engage issues of slavery, resistance, abolition, and their legacies. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. To support both established and younger scholars in researching projects that can be linked to the aims of the Center, the GLC offers two types of residential fellowships: one-month fellowships and four-month fellowships.
To apply to the Gilder Lehrman Center Fellowship Program, you are required to submit the following materials via Interfolio:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Three to five page statement regarding intended research project (research statement)

A complete application, including letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the INTERFOLIO website at by Monday, March 9, 2015. ***No late applications will be accepted.***



Harvey Beech Scholarship

Named for the late Harvey Beech, the first African-American student to graduate from UNC, the awards have been given annually since 1989 to recognize community leadership and support of UNC and the Black Alumni Reunion. See previous Harvey Beech Recipients.
Application linked here:

IAAR Summer Graduate Student Research

The Institute of African American Research welcomes applications for its 2015 Summer Graduate Research Grant. Funds support research that concerns African Americans or the broader African diaspora. While the IAAR especially seeks to fund projects that focus on the well-being and security of black communities anywhere in the world, students working on projects on any topic concerning African Americans or the African diaspora may be apply. Grants will be awarded for up to $2500. Predoctoral and professional school graduate students in any discipline are eligible to apply. Students must be in good standing and have completed four semesters of graduate coursework toward a doctoral or masters degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Research must be carried out between May-August 2015. Award recipients will be required to give a talk in the 2015-2016 IAAR Graduate Student Brown Bag Lecture Series. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2015.


Sean Douglas Leadership Fellowship

The fellowship was created to broaden the student’s college experience; to include opportunities to organize and unite their peers for a common purpose, to instill the propensity to lead  and manage as a vital skill set for future endeavors.  Through this initiative, recipients are awarded semester-long paid fellowships and work directly with the Director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center  For Black Culture and History to develop meaningful leadership experiences on campus and in the surrounding communities.   Application deadline March 20, 2015.
Please contact Chris Wallace or 919-962-7264 for more information.


ASMEA  Now Accepting Travel Grant Applications

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is pleased to offer travel stipends of up to $500 to qualified professors and students who wish to participate in the Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference.  To view all application guidelines and learn more about the program, please visit or contact ASMEA with questions at   Application deadline March 30, 2015.
Application linked here:


Joel Williamson Visiting Scholar Grant

Graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars who plan to use the resources available in the UNC-Chapel Hill  Southern Historical Collection for projects examining African Americans or race relations in the American South are eligible.   Application deadline March 31, 2015.
Submission guidelines linked here: