The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund, a standing committee of the Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., plans to grant one (or more) Timuel D. Black Short-Term Fellowships in African American Studies for summer 2018. These short-term fellowships, for up to $2,000, are intended to support research by scholars, writers, educators, and institutional researchers using collections from the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature housed at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library. Applicants are welcome to submit applications on any topic that requires significant use of the Harsh collection. However, this year, the fellowship committee is particularly interested in research projects related to Black women’s history/feminism, 1968, and/or Black protest (broadly construed). The fellowship period is for one month during summer 2018 (June-August). During their time in Chicago, fellows will be expected to give a public lecture related to their research in the Harsh Collection.

All applications must be submitted electronically and should include a letter of interest, a project description, curriculum vita, and two
letters of recommendation.

The application process will close on midnight (CST) March 15, 2018

Applicants will be notified of results by the end of April 2018.

The Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., a 501 © (3) organization, focuses on preserving, making accessible and publicizing the rich Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection, one of the largest research collection of documents pertaining to Black history and culture in the Midwest.

About Timuel D. Black, Jr.
Timuel D. Black, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at the City Colleges of Chicago and author of the acclaimed Bridges of Memories histories of Black Chicago.  Professor Black has played a major role in many of the landmark struggles related to African Americans in Chicago in the 20th century, including: education desegregation, the Chicago freedom movement, and the historic campaign to elect Harold Washington mayor.

Contact Information:
Additional questions about the Fellowship, should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland ( and include “Timuel D. Black Fellowship” in the subject line. Please visit for more information about the Vivian G. Harsh Society.