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Apply Soon for Race, Law & History Fellowships

By John Masson
Sept. 13, 2012

Time is running out to apply for an academic fellowship in Michigan Law's Program in Race, Law & History, which is offering as many as five fellowships this year for students pursuing JD, PhD, or other graduate degree programs at U-M's Ann Arbor campus.

The fellowships, which run from Oct. 2012 through April 2013, will award $2,500 research grants to selected students, who will participate in the ongoing work of the Program in Race, Law & History. That work includes workshops, conferences, and symposia, and this year also includes the conference "Proclaiming Emancipation," in October 2012.

But applications are due by Sept. 15.

"Our commitment to cutting-edge research means a commitment to emerging scholars," said Prof. Martha Jones, codirector of the program. "The fellowships in Race, Law & History will support new, innovative and ambitious work by our best students in law, the arts and sciences, and across the university community."

Apart from the stipends, fellows receive financial support for independent research and conference travel, and will be able to present their research findings to senior scholars at the program's winter term fellows' symposium. They'll also attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Legal History, scheduled for Nov. 8–11, 2012, in St. Louis.

"As we continue to think through the nation's challenges around race and inequality, new scholarship helps to explain our past and illuminate our future," Prof. Jones said. "The fellowships in Race, Law and History will add the voices of emerging scholars to this important field."

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a terminal graduate degree program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and must be in residence for the fellowship term.

Graduate students with independent research proposals within the scope of the program are encouraged to apply. Applications must include a 500-word research proposal, a proposed budget itemizing expected expenses, a curriculum vitae or resume, and the name and contact information for one faculty recommender. Applications are due via email on Sept. 15, 2012, to

Fellowship recipients will be announced Oct. 1. More information is available at

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