Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship

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

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-2023 Thurgood Marshall Fellowship.  Please apply here.

Application Information

Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship

Dartmouth College invites applications for the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship. We seek top scholars working in any geographies and disciplines and interdisciplinary spaces across African Diaspora, African American, African, or Africana Studies. 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 in which the fellow is focused on their research and writing. We seek scholars who can contribute to building the intellectual life of the AAAS program and Dartmouth College. Fellows are expected to complete the dissertation at the end of their first year and then transition to a postdoctoral appointment for the second year. In the first year, predoctoral fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $36,000 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses. In the second year, postdoctoral fellows receive a stipend of approximately $55,200 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses (exact funding levels for 2021-23 will be set at the time of offer). Fellows will teach one course in the second year.

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. 

Application Materials

  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.

The application deadline is February 1, 2021.

Please apply here

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.

2020-21 Thurgood Marshall Postdoctoral Fellow

Alex Blue V, University of California, Santa Barbara

Alex Blue V is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Ethnomusicology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of hip-hop in contemporary Detroit, Michigan, that explores numerous ways the creation, performance, and consumption of hip-hop is used for identity formation in a rapidly-changing city. He argues that as space and place in Detroit are constantly restructured and recoded, people use hip-hop to craft new epistemologies of the city, and to maintain a sense of Detroit identity through aesthetics and sound. He served as a Fellow in the 2018-19 Ithaca College Predoctoral Diversity Scholars Program, and has received a number of grants and fellowships in support of his research. Alex holds a Master's in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor's in Trombone Performance from Texas Tech University.

2020-22 Thurgood Marshall Fellow

Jazmin Graves, University of Chicago

Jazmin Graves is a PhD candidate in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Jazmin's dissertation, "Songs to the African Saints of India: Multivocality and Mediumship in the Sidi (African Indian) Sufi Tradition," approaches the devotional music and rituals of the Sidi Sufi tradition as a lens through which to study the history of the African diaspora in western India. Her work involves ethnographic and archival research in India, complemented by analysis of the largely oral textual repertoire of Sidi devotional songs. Jazmin's 2018-2019 Junior Research Fellowship at the American Institute of Indian Studies largely supported her field research in India. In 2018, Jazmin was named one of the MIPAD Global Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40