The deadline for applications for the CUNY/SCHOMBURG ARCHIVAL DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is around the corner: 15 February 2017. It is important to remember that the completed application must be submitted no later than 5:00pm ET on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and that your dissertation adviser must submit a letter of recommendation by the same deadline. Application components and instructions can be found here. [Source: CUNY, The Caribbean Commons.] See more information below:

Description: The Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship will be awarded to a student in any field of the humanities or social sciences who will significantly gain from an academic year in residency at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. While in residence fellows will participate in bi-weekly seminar meetings of the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Program and will receive access to office space and a computer. Of particular interest are interdisciplinary dissertations that treat some significant aspect of the African Diaspora, including the culture and history of African Americans, and that draw from the specific collections of The Schomburg Center. Fellows will deliver a public lecture about their projects in the spring of the award year. The Schomburg award provides a financial aid fellowship of $22,000 and covers in-state tuition.

Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines
Students must be registered or on an approved leave of absence during the 2016-2017 academic year to be eligible to apply. For your application to be considered, you must be officially advanced to candidacy (level III) by the application deadline.

A student holding a five-year fellowship from the Graduate Center (e.g., Graduate Center Fellowship, MAGNET Fellowship) may not hold a dissertation fellowship concurrently with the five-year award. A student with a five-year award may apply, but if selected for a dissertation fellowship she/he will have to choose between the five-year fellowship funding and the dissertation fellowship funding.

A student holding a Graduate Center fellowship or award that is not part of a five-year award (a freestanding Graduate Assistantship A, B, C, or D and/or financial aid fellowship) may apply for the dissertation fellowships but, if offered an award, the total funding (Graduate Assistantship salary plus financial aid fellowship) may not exceed $45,000.

Dissertation Fellowships are intended for students who expect to complete the dissertation during 2017-2018 award year. Fellowship recipients are required to be registered during the award year. Students who qualify for the Ph.D. in time for an October 2017 degree are not eligible to receive funding.

Dissertation Fellowships do not provide eligibility for NYSHIP Health Insurance.

If you are planning any travel as part of your research, the university requires you to have travel insurance. No funds can be disbursed without the requisite forms on file with the Office of the Vice President for Students Affairs. The following link provides complete details:

Students must have IRB (Institutional Review Board) clearance before beginning research with human subjects and IACUC clearance before commencing research with animal subjects.

The completed application must be submitted no later than 5pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The applications are to be submitted as per the following instructions. Your adviser must submit a letter of recommendation by the same deadline, February 15, 2017.

Application components and instructions can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact Rachel Sponzo at, or 212-817-7282.


[Photo above by Rugan Lewis: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Source:]


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