C.L.R. James Research Fellowship


Application Deadline–December 15, 2019

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2020 C.L.R. James Research Fellowship to support research towards the completion of a dissertation or publication of a book. Named after Afro-Trinidadian theorist C.L.R. James, the research fellowships are intended to promote research in black intellectual history by graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members at any rank. Two fellowships of $2000 will be awarded this year to help cover the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research. The award will be announced formally at the AAIHS Conference. Membership in AAIHS is required. AAIHS board members are not eligible. 

All application materials should be received by December 15, 2019. Please send the following documents in a single PDF document: short c.v. (no more than 3 pages), 3-5 page project proposal (double-spaced), budget, and arrange to have one letter of recommendation sent to awards@aaihs.org as an email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF.

Applicants will be notified in March 2020. Funds must be used by December 30, 2020. Recipients will be required to submit a detailed report to the conference chair. Graduate student applicants must have passed their qualifying exams.

2020 CLR James Research Fellowship Committee
  • Dr. Ashley D. FarmerUniversity of Texas at Austin (Committee Chair)
  • Dr. Devyn Spence BensonDavidson College 
  • Dr. Garrett Felber, University of Mississippi 

*All submissions and questions about the 2020 CLR James Research Fellowship should be sent to awards@aaihs.org.

Previous Recipients


  • Charisse Burden-Stelly, Carleton College
  • Alysia Mann Carey, University of Chicago


  • Richard D. Benson II, Spelman College
  • Christina C. Davidson, Duke University
  • Naomi Extra, Rutgers University-Newark


  • Crystal Eddins, Michigan State University
  • Garrett Felber, University of Michigan
  • Brian Lefresne, University of Guelph
  • Merve Fejzula, University of Cambridge