Marcus Garvey Foundation Announces Graduate Research Fellowships

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The Marcus Garvey Foundation, Inc., founded in New York City, is a nonprofit organization whose work is informed by the educational philosophy and ideals of Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Garvey was the founder and leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). The largest organized mass movement in black American history, the UNIA also had an international presence that was unprecedented. At its peak it had members in over fifty countries located in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Africa.


1) Marcus Garvey Foundation Research Fellowship:

This fellowship looks to support doctoral candidates doing primary research in the Humanities and Social Sciences on topics related to Africa and/or any part of the global African diaspora (e.g. in the Americas, Europe, etc).  Doctoral candidates using archival collections and/or conducting oral histories are especially encouraged to apply.  Research fellows receive grants of $500 to help defray research expenses.

2) Jean Harvey Slappy Research Fellowship:

This fellowship — named in honor of long-time Marcus Garvey Foundation board member Jean Harvey Slappy — looks to support doctoral candidates working on aspects of the history of the U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association), the A.C.L. (African Communities League), and/or Marcus Garvey’s organizational activities, and who wish to use the recently deposited Thomas W. Harvey/U.N.I.A. papers located at Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (Finding Aid:  Research fellows receive grants of $500 to help defray expenses associated with travel to and use of the archival collection.

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“The Thomas W. Harvey Collection contains groundbreaking material that broadens our understanding of the Black freedom struggle in America and beyond.”
–Dr. Tshepo Masango Chéry, 2010 Jean Harvey Slappy Fellow


***All applications & attachments must be received by February 26, 2016***
Decisions will be announced no later than May 1, 2016

While proposals are welcome on a wide variety of research topics (and in a wide variety of disciplines), proposals will be evaluated based on their relevance to key questions in the fields of African and African Diaspora Studies and on the basis of their unique contribution to scholarship.

Required application materials:

* 2-page summary (single- or double-spaced) of the larger research project

* 1-page description (single- or double-spaced) of the specific research to be carried out with the grant, along with a line-item budget (for up to $500.00) and research timeline

* Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

* One recommendation from an advising professor

All application materials (and recommendations sent directly from advising professors or from a dossier service) must be submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments by midnight on the deadline of February 26, 2016 to:

For more information, please contact us at: GarveyFoundation(at)gmail(dot)com, or at:

Marcus Garvey Foundation
P.O. Box 42379
Philadelphia, PA 19101

Source: H-Caribbean | H-Net

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