The Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for two Dissertation Fellowship Scholars for the academic year 2023-24. We seek Dissertation Scholars working in Interdisciplinary, Social Science, Humanities, and STEM disciplines whose research focus is specifically situated within Black Studies. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research and teaching. International applicants are welcome to apply.

The nine-month fellowship begins fall quarter of the 2023-24 academic year and scholars are required to be in residence the entire fellowship period, during which time scholars are expected to complete their dissertation. The fellowship award is $42,000. Dissertation Scholars will teach one undergraduate course and present one public lecture.

Dissertation Scholars will have the option to rent an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in Graduate Student Housing.
The positions will remain open until filled.

Questions may be directed to Theresa Rodriguez, at theresarodriguez@ucsb.edu.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Qualified applicants must be on track to advance to candidacy (ABD) by 7-01-23 in a Ph.D. program at an accredited university.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Sample Syllabi
  • Dissertation Synopsis: Three (3) to four (4) pages
  • Dissertation Chapter – One complete chapter from your dissertation.

Reference requirements

  • 3-4 letters of reference required

Applicants must arrange for one letter of reference from the dissertation chair and two additional letters to be uploaded on their behalf by referees to the application.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02360

Help contact: theresarodriguez@ucsb.edu


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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