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.

Application through Interfolio can be accessed here:

 Review of applications will begin February 18, 2018 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.

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.