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Most Du Bois Fellows provide their own funds through external fellowships, grants, or sabbatical support. Limited funding, which varies from year to year, is available for partial Fellowship stipends. Funding is also available through the following named fellowships:
Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Fellowship
Supported by a generous gift from Ms. Genevieve McMillan, this Fellowship is intended to bring a distinguished individual in African Studies to Harvard to deliver three lectures and serve as a Fellow of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute. The lectures are published as a book by Oxford University Press and are intended to advance the knowledge of the field of African Studies, generally, and enhance the role of women scholars in the field, more particularly. Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka delivered the inaugural lecture. Time of residence varies according to the preference of the Fellow, though each Fellow is in residence during the times of the lectures. Selection of the McMillan-Stewart Fellows is made at the discretion of the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute and the Chair of the Committee on African Studies. Preference is given to women scholars or scholars concerned with women's issues.
The Mandela Fellowship Program
With funds from The Andrew A. Mellon Foundation, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute and the University of Cape Town established the Mandela Fellowship Program. This program aims to serve as a means for scholars in South Africa to be released from the pressing demands of higher education in that country, allowing them the needed time and space for research and engagement with a larger community of scholars. In order to qualify as a Visiting Mandela Fellow, scholars must be presently based at the University of Cape Town.
The selection process for this grant is closed.