Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship

The goal of the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship is to promote student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity.

The Fellowship supports graduate scholars for a year-long residency at Dartmouth that generally runs from September through August. Scholars who plan a career in higher education and have completed all other Ph.D. requirements may finish their dissertations with access to the outstanding libraries, computing facilities, and faculty of Dartmouth College. In addition, Fellows may participate in classroom activities with scholars who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Fellows can be pursuing the Ph.D. degree in any discipline or area taught in the Dartmouth undergraduate Arts and Sciences curriculum. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a department or program at the College.

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $36,000, office space, library privileges, and a $2,500 research assistance fund. Fellows will be expected to complete the dissertation during the tenure of the Fellowship and may have the opportunity to participate in teaching, either as a primary instructor or as part of a team.

For more information about the Dissertation Fellowships and how to apply, see the Dissertation Fellowships page

2017-18 Thurgood Marshall Fellow

Celina de Sá, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Celina de Sá is a PhD candidate in Africana Studies and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, conducting an ethnography of capoeira schools in West Africa. She is currently the Thurgood Marshall Fellow at Dartmouth College in the Program for African and African American Studies, as well as the Graduate Representative for the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora. Her research looks at new diasporic networks, particularly how urban West African youth engage in black Atlantic art forms to connect with diasporic kin across the ocean, reeducate their publics about the legacy of slavery, and contend with the complexities of the postcolonial condition. She is more broadly concerned with inserting contemporary African perspectives and innovations into anthropological discourses about race, power and affect in the modern world.