The John Carter Brown Library (JCB) and The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University invite applications for a joint JCB/CSSJ residential research fellowship for the academic year 2014-2015. The fellowship is open to those who have recently completed their PhDs*, assistant professors, as well as independent scholars who are working on any topic to do with the history of slavery and abolition that might benefit from extended access to the collections of the JCB, in particular, and from other collections on Brown’s campus, including that of the John Hay Library.

The JCB/CSSJ Fellow would be expected to be a regular participant in the activities sponsored by both host organizations, and would be eligible for housing in the JCB’s fellows’ residence, Fiering House, located just four blocks from the Library and five blocks from the CSSJ. The JCB/CSSJ Fellow will have the opportunity to teach a course in a department at Brown that would align with the fellow’s research interests, using materials from the JCB collections.

The stipend for the fellowship is $45,000, with residency required from Sept. 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015.

Deadline for submission of all materials is February 15, 2014.

For more about the John Carter Brown Library and its collections, please visit

For more about the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, please visit

Please direct any questions to Shana Weinberg, Center Manager at:

Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

*PhD candidates are welcome to apply for the JCB/CSSJ Fellowship if all degree requirements, including the successful defense of their dissertation, have been met by May 30, 2014.
Application Instructions

Please apply directly through the Interfolio system at:

The application requires: 1. A single PDF file with a cover page that has the applicant’s name, affiliation, contact information, title of the project, and a 100-word abstract; a statement of project (up to 1000 words), and a brief narrative proposal (up to 500 words) for the required course that might be taught from JCB collections; 2. A writing sample; 3. CV; and 4. Three (3) letters of references from scholars acquainted with the applicant’s JCB/CSSJ Fellowship research proposal, speak specifically to its merits, and to any teaching that the referee has observed.

Ruth Clark | Outreach and Program Coordinator
Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice
Brown University
Alumnae Hall
194 Meeting Street
Box 1895
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401.863.5099

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