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. Fellows participate together in mentoring and professional development programming, including guidance in preparing for faculty careers. 

For general inquiries, please contact the Graduate School at (603) 646-2106 or email [email protected]

Application Information

Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship

Dartmouth College invites applications for the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship supports scholars working in any area of Africana Studies, broadly construed. Particular attention will be given to candidates whose work augments and complements current faculty in the African and African American Studies Program (AAAS). Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, promise in both research and teaching, and their demonstrated commitment to educational diversity. Applications from candidates who are underrepresented in their fields are especially welcome.

This is a two-year residential fellowship, with one course taught in the second year. Fellows are expected to complete the dissertation before the second year and then transition to a postdoctoral appointment. Throughout, fellows are expected to pursue research activities while participating fully in the intellectual life of the department and the college. The first year, fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $36,000 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses; as a postdoctoral fellow in the second year, the stipend is approximately $55,200 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses (exact funding levels for 2018-20 will be set at the time of offer).

Marshall Fellows are part of the Provost’s Fellowship Program, a multidisciplinary cohort of approximately ten predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars who share a commitment to increasing diversity in their disciplines. Fellows participate together in mentoring and professional development programming, including guidance in preparing for faculty careers.  


1)    Research statement outlining completed research (including dissertation), work in progress, and plans for publication (maximum two pages single spaced);

2)    Teaching statement outlining past and future teaching interests (maximum one page single spaced);

3)    Fellowship program statement describing your motivations to join a multidisciplinary cohort; the statement should also describe prior and potential contributions to diversity in the context of academic research, teaching, and/or service (maximum one page single spaced);

4)     Curriculum vitae;

5)    Three confidential letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor and address the projected timeline for completion.

Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2019.  Applications must be submitted through Interfolio and can be accessed here:

 Review of applications will begin February 18, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

2018-19 Thurgood Marshall Fellow

Linette Park, Ph.D. Candidate, University of CA, Irvine

Linette Park is a Ph.D. Candidate with the Culture and Theory Program at the University of California, Irvine where she has also pursued an emphases in Critical Theory, as well as Law, Culture, and Society. She was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Michael and Stacey Koehn Endowed Research Award in Critical Theory. Her dissertation, At the Edge of Abolition: Violence and Imagination in the History of California Lynch Law, examines the present day "lynching arrests" by interrogating the historical, political, and psychosocial formations of violence that inextricably bind these arrests to the longue durée of racial slavery and segregation in the United States. Her work thus concentrates on the structural paradigm that positions policing, lynching, and racial violence closely and continuously together throughout slavery's afterlife. Ms. Park holds a Master's from the Critical Studies Department at the California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor's in Studio Art from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

2017-18 Thurgood Marshall Fellow

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

Celina de Sá is a Thurgood Marshall Postdoctoral Fellow in African and African American Studies and a Lecturer in African and African American Studies and Anthropology at Dartmouth College. She earned her PhD with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the legacies of racial formation, colonialism and the slave trade in urban francophone West Africa and beyond. She is more specifically interested in the ways in which contemporary African contexts and agents recast, critique, and engage with the black Atlantic. She is currently working on her first book project, Becoming Diasporically African: The Cultural Politics of West African Capoeira, that looks at a network of martial arts groups in Senegal, the Gambia, Togo, Benin and the Ivory Coast.