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The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan invites applications for the Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Post-doctoral Fellowship Program from scholars working on Africa or the African diaspora. Consideration will be given to all disciplines including - but not limited to - the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and professional schools. Scholars from or who study the Gullah speaking Sea islands, Cape Verde islands, the Anglophone Caribbean, the Canary Islands, and Madagascar and/or other less studied areas are especially encouraged to apply.

This is a residential fellowship for the academic year. The fellowship package is worth $45,000 plus health insurance coverage. Included in the package is a stipend of $42,000. Health insurance, plus $1,000 for research and up to $2,000 for travel expenses are also included. Successful candidates can expect to maintain affiliations with CAAS as well as departments and research institutes that relate to their projects. Fellows will be expected to conduct a CAAS work-in-progress seminar on their research during one of the semesters in residence.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand and be no more than five years beyond the completion of their degree. That is, for the 2011-12 academic year, applicants are required to have earned a Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2006 and no later than August 31, 2011.

1. The following materials must be compiled and emailed as one document in the exact order as given below. This document should be saved as an Adobe PDF file and must be emailed by 12 midnight November 30:
a. An application form. Applications accepted starting October 1.
b.  A cover letter - can include biographical information, an indication of the applicant's intellectual path and their knowledge of CAAS
c. A curriculum vitae
d. A research proposal and schedule of activities - 3 to 5 pages (1000 words)
e. A writing sample - 15 to 20 pages, double-spaced

Please identify each of the above materials in the top, right corner of each page. For example, all of the pages of your writing sample should have, "writing sample" in the top, right corner.
2. In addition to the above:
a. three letters of recommendation and reference cover sheets must be emailed to CAAS directly from your referees. Each letter and cover-sheet should be emailed as one Adobe PDF file.
All email attachments, including your letters of recommendation, should be sent to
3. In addition to the above materials, applicants who have not yet completed their Ph.D. must also submit the following materials by November 30.
a. A signed advisor's verification form from the dissertation advisor stating whether the applicant is likely to complete the dissertation by August 31, 2011.
b.  An official transcript or copy of one indicating when the applicant completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (ABD status). If an applicant who has not yet completed his or her Ph.D. yet is selected to be a fellow, he or she must also submit proof that all the requirements of the Ph.D. have been completed by August 31, 2011, in order to begin the fellowship in September.

Notification: Candidates will be notified of the Fellowships Committee's decision by
March 1.

PLEASE EMAIL ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS TO: Please type 'Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney' in the subject line.

The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
University of Michigan
505 S. State St.Avenue, 4700 Haven Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045, U.S.A.
Contact Person: V. Robin Grice,

Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellowship for Scholars working in Africa

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