Virginia HBCU Scholars Fellowship Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated (current doctoral student or ABD, alumni, or faculty) with one of Virginia’s accredited HBCUs. Projects of interest can range across the disciplines of human-centered social sciences, traditional humanities, public, and digital humanities. There is no residential requirement for this fellowship but there will be several in-person commitments throughout the course of the fellowship.

The fellowship will not require scholars to relocate to Virginia Humanities’ office in Charlottesville or to the Library of Virginia in Richmond as previous Virginia Humanities fellowships have. However, if a need for residency is expressed, potential accommodations may be available at either the University of Virginia in Charlottesville or at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Options will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Pictured: 2023–24 HBCU Scholars Fellows Scott Challener, center, and Brenton Boyd, right, chat in the Lemon Lounge at Virginia Humanities. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Humanities


  • Applicants must have attended, currently in pursuit of a doctorate, or currently work at Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, or another accredited Virginia HBCU.
  • Applicants must be in pursuit of (all but dissertation) or already attained a doctoral degree.
  • Research topics must be rooted in the humanities and human-centered social sciences.

Fellowship Deliverables and Expectations

  • Fellows are required to dedicate a substantial amount of their time towards their identified topic area throughout the duration of the fellowship and are advised to take a leave of absence from their primary places of work. Replacement funds are available for institutions needing to cover the fellow’s course schedule.
  • Fellows are encouraged to interact with the other members of their cohort throughout the fellowship.
  • Fellows are required to discuss their work publicly on Virginia Humanities’ With Good Reason public radio show and podcast.
  • Fellows have the option of publishing in our digital Encyclopedia Virginia and/or to present their work in a public setting at a relevant local cultural center/organization of their choice (i.e., The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville).
  • Fellows will complete a survey at the conclusion of the fellowship and are expected to help welcome the subsequent cohort.