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Marcus Garvey Foundation Research Fellowship and Jean Harvey Slappy Research Fellowship


1) Marcus Garvey Foundation Research Fellowship:

This fellowship – named in honor of the Marcus Garvey Foundation – looks to support doctoral candidates doing primary research in the humanities and social sciences on topics related to Africa and the African diaspora.  Those 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 Jean Harvey Slappy, a long-time board member of the Marcus Garvey Foundation – 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 processed U.N.I.A. Records located at Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.  Research fellows receive grants of $500 to help defray expenses associated with travel to and use of the archival collection.

Of the U.N.I.A. records at Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, one researcher had this to say:

"Its rich and diverse collection of historical documents, ranging from political manifestos, pamphlets, and printed materials showcase the importance of Garveyism in African American history. It complicates our understanding of African American political resistance by challenging the historical metanarrative of liberal integration. Instead, Harvey's collection forces us to seriously reconsider the importance of black nationalism among African Americans well before the revolutionary Black Power Movement…”
                                                       --Tsheop Chery


***All applications & attachments must be received by March 17, 2011***
Decisions will be announced on May 2, 2011

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 field of African and African diaspora studies and on the basis of their unique contribution to scholarship.

Required application materials:

* 2-page summary of the larger research project

* 1-page description 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 must be sent as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments by the deadline of March 17, 2011 to:

All recommendations from advising professors must also be received by the deadline of March 17, 2011, and should be sent to:

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

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

The Marcus Garvey Memorial Foundation, Inc., established in 1961 in New York City, is a non-profit organization whose work is informed by the educational philosophy and ideals of Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

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