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 2020-2022 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 2020-22 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.

 Review of applications will begin February 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

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.

2019-20 Thurgood Marshall Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Linette Park is the Thurgood Marshall Postdoctoral Fellow.  She received her PhD 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. 

2019-21 Thurgood Marshall 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.