The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies Fellowship Program

2020/21 Academic Year  applications are now closed.

The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies (BBQ+) invites applications for its 2020/21 fellowship program. BBQ+ is an independent Center dedicated to interdisciplinary research, pedagogy, and mentorship in critical race, Indigenous and postcolonial, and queer studies. Our fellowship brings together a diverse group of scholars from undergraduates to postgraduates working across these fields in a collaborative and supportive environment.


The fellowship is open to the following:

  1. College students (including students in community colleges) and recent (3 years post-degree) BA and BSc holders
  2. Masters students and recent MA holders (3 years post-degree)
  3. PhD students
  4. Recent Postdoctoral scholars (not exceeding 6 years after earning a doctoral degree)

Fellows from institutions outside the US are welcomed and invited to apply. In all cases, parental leaves, family leaves, sick leaves and any similar circumstances will not be counted within years-post-degree. For circumstances or other related considerations that are not documented, applicants are encouraged to write directly to Director of Fellowships Eli Nelson (

The Fellowship offers the following:

1. Research Stipend: Fellows are offered a small research stipend: 

  • Fellows at the Postdoctoral stage (up to 6 years post-degree): $1000 
  • Fellows at Doctoral dissertation stage: $800 
  • Fellows at doctoral pre-dissertation or Masters stage, as well as recent MA graduates (up to 3 years post-degree): $500 
  • Fellows at the undergraduate stage as well as recent BA and BSc holders (up to 3 years post-degree): $250 

Applicants who have other sources of funding and who can waive the stipend should indicate so on their applications.

2. Mentorship and Professionalization: Each cohort of fellows works closely with a member of the Center’s leadership to develop their research project (see expectations below) and prepare for a professional career through sessions dedicated to various aspects of professionalization. Fellows also have access to the broader network of the Center and the Senior Fellows who can offer advice and comment on work in progress.

3. Community: The Center aims to foster a tightly-knit and supportive intergenerational and interdisciplinary community of scholars around shared academic interests. Regular meetings and opportunities for socializing provide both structure and support.


Fellows are expected to attend four two-hour meetings each month where they will work on writing, reading theory, and engaging the Center’s intellectual community. These meetings will take place on Thursdays at 2:00pm EST, starting September 17th.

Due to the global pandemic and our institutional dedication to accessibility, the 2020/21 BBQ+ fellowship program will be held remotely with all meetings taking place over Zoom. Fellows and applicants without internet access that will allow for Zoom meetings should get in touch with the Director of Fellowships. BBQ+ is committed to accessibility and we will figure out solutions that insure their participation.

1. Research project: During the fellowship year, fellows develop one or more focused research projects (including, but not limited to, junior or senior papers, Masters theses, dissertation or book chapters, proposals, articles, etc). Fellows workshop different drafts of their projects in the monthly Writing Clinic with their cohort (Undergraduate, Junior, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral). Writing Clinics are coordinated as follows: 

  • Fellows at the Postdoctoral stage: self-guided, coordinated by Prof. Ahmed Ragab (The Center’s Director)
  • Fellows at Doctoral dissertation stage: coordinated by Prof. Ahmed Ragab (The Center’s Director)
  • Fellows at doctoral pre-dissertation or Masters stage: coordinated by Prof. Eli Nelson (The Center’s Director of Fellowships)
  • Fellows at the undergraduate stage: coordinated by Juanis Becerra (The Center’s Executive Director)

2. Fellows Circle Presentation: During the fellowship year, each fellow delivers a 30 minute presentation on their work for the entire fellowship cohort at the Fellows Circle. This will be followed by an optional virtual happy hour. 

3. Participation in the Theory Clinic: Facilitated by the Center’s Director, Professor Ahmed Ragab, and Director of Fellowships, Professor Eli Nelson, the Theory Clinic provides a space for focused and close readings of foundational, as well as recent theoretical works in relation to race, gender, sexuality and colonialism. We will meet once a month and will focus on one article-length work.

4. Participation in the Center’s Colloquium: BBQ+ Colloquium is a monthly guest-speaker series, where guests pre-circulate a work-in-progress to be discussed with the Center’s fellows. Each colloquium, one fellow serves as discussant for the work.


  1. Cover letter explaining the project that you will work on for the fellowship year. If the project is part of a larger work (e.g. dissertation or book chapter), please describe the full project and explain which chapter(s) or part(s) you intend to work on during the fellowship.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. For Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral fellows, please include a writing sample of 25 pages or less in a separate file with the title “Last name_BBQ Fellowship 20-21_writingsample”

Applications are now closed.