The Black Arts Initiative at Northwestern University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Black Arts. PhD must be completed by September 1, 2018. Recent Ph.D.s (degree granted during or after 2014) with a research focus on, or who do creative scholarship within African American and African diasporic arts and aesthetics, are encouraged to apply.

This fellowship is residential and provides a competitive stipend and benefits, a visiting appointment in the Department of Performance Studies with affiliate status in African American Studies. The postdoctoral experience includes teaching two classes to be cross-listed in the departments most proximate to the fellow’s expertise; a scholarly or creative presentation of the research; and participation in the intellectual life of the Black Arts Initiative and the University.

Applicants should submit one copy of:

  • a current curriculum vitae,
  • a letter of application detailing the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship years,
  • a sample of scholarly writing (no more than 25 pages),
  • evidence relating to the quality of teaching (syllabi and teaching evaluations),
  • three letters of recommendation (including one letter from the dissertation advisor)

Applications should be submitted electronically to: no later than March 2, 2018. Questions may be directed at

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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