James Weldon Johnson Institute Visiting Fellows Program (Emory University)

The James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program. Supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Visiting Fellows Program provides three fellowships for both junior and senior scholars and their career equivalents each academic year. We welcome applications from scholars in the humanities, the humanistic social sciences and law. We are interested in research projects across the spectrum of the humanities, humanistic social science, and professional disciplines that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights. We also support research projects that examine race and ethnicity and its points of intersection with other identities and movements addressing differences along gender, class, religious, or sexual lines. Fellows will each teach one course in the spring semester. Visiting Fellows will be in residence at Emory’s Johnson Institute for the academic year 2016-2017. Candidates must hold a Ph. D. by the start of the fellowship period in August 2016.

For more on the Visiting Fellows Program, visit http://jamesweldonjohnson.emory.edu/home/fellowship/index.html


  • Ph.D.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status as of the application deadline.
  • We do not support the completion of doctoral dissertations nor projects in creative writing. Scholars at the level of assistant professors may apply for one grant renewal. When applying for the renewal, scholars will compete for a fellowship among the new pool of applicants.


  • $60,000 for full Professor and equivalent with benefits
  • $40,000 for Associate Professor and equivalent with benefits
  • $30,000 for Assistant Professor and equivalent with benefits
  • Period of Residency: one academic year

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted via the Emory University Careers Site by the application deadline. The job requisition number for the Visiting Fellowship is 56786BR.

To complete the application, you will need to create a candidate profile and submit: a Letter of Interest, Curriculum Vitae, Research Proposal (1,000 words), and Sample Course Description (250 words). Documentation should be uploaded as attachments when prompted within the online hiring system. Request three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent on your behalf directly to the JWJI Visiting Fellowship Selection Committee at 2016.applications.jwji@emory.edu. Only electronic references will be reviewed.