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2021-22AY Dissertation Scholar Search – Department of Black Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 30th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Mar 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for two Dissertation Fellowship Scholars for the academic year 2021-22. In order to be considered qualified, applicants must be on track to advance to candidacy in a PhD program at an accredited university by 7/1/2021, and must have advanced to candidacy by the start date of 7/1/2021. International applicants are welcome to apply. We seek Dissertation Scholars working in Interdisciplinary, Social Science, Humanities, and STEM disciplines whose research focus is specifically situated within Black Studies.

The nine-month fellowship begins fall quarter of the 2021-22 academic year and scholars are required to be in residence the entire fellowship period, during which time scholars are expected to complete their dissertation. The fellowship award is $27,000. Dissertation Scholars will teach one undergraduate course and present one public lecture. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research and teaching.

Application materials must be submitted online and only completed applications will be considered. Applicants must upload the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae, 3-4 page dissertation synopsis, dissertation chapter (approximately 25-35 pages), and sample syllabi. Applicants must also arrange for one letter of reference from the dissertation chair and two additional letters to be uploaded on their behalf by referees to the application website:

Applications completed on or before 01/04/21 will receive primary consideration, although the positions will remain open until filled.

Questions may be directed to the Department of Black Studies Administrative Officer, Ashley Thompson, at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Sample Syllabi

  • Dissertation Synopsis - Three (3) to four (4) pages

  • Dissertation Chapter - Dissertation Chapter: One complete chapter from your dissertation

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required