Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowship 2020

Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowship

Summer 2020 – May 2021

In keeping with Frederick Douglass’ life of public service and commitment to equity and access, the Frederick Douglass Institutes of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education are offering teaching opportunities to graduate students who are pursuing careers as university faculty and who are entering the final year of terminal degree and/or doctoral programs.

Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowships are designed to provide teaching and other professional experiences, mentoring, and potential employment opportunities within universities that are strongly committed to cultural diversity. Applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially those from historically underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply.

As a Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellow, scholars will teach and/or co-teach during the summer session(s) or full academic year (depending on term of appointment), continue their research, and contribute to the life of the university. Fellows will receive mentorship and professional support from experienced faculty, helping them to prepare for academic careers and job searches. Dates of employment vary among universities, but typically run during May –August 2020 for summer appointments, or August 2020 – May 2021 for full year appointments.

Scholars will be compensated as adjunct faculty, according to the collective bargaining agreement. Faculty benefits (office space, computer and network access, and library privileges) are provided. At the discretion of the host institution, Douglass Fellows may also receive assistance with housing and travel.

The list of universities offering the Douglass Scholars Fellowship and common application are available at:


Questions about the application process at a particular university should be directed to the Frederick Douglass Institute Director at that university.

Minimum requirements are: Applicant must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident; MA degree completed and enrollment in a terminal degree program (Ph.D., MFA, Ed. D, etc.); academic background in one of the disciplines taught at the university. Preferred: teaching experience; currently ABD or doctorate within last two years. Priority consideration given to completed applications postmarked by January 31, 2020.

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