Visiting Faculty Fellows

Application deadline: May 1, 2020, for academic year 2020-2021.

CSREA invites tenure-track faculty (lecturer-track, tenured, and tenure-track faculty) who have been approved by their home institutions to be on a funded scholarly leave and whose scholarship focuses on race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the United States to apply to be a Visiting Faculty Fellow for up to two (2) semesters in academic year 2020-21. 


Fellows will be fully incorporated into the Brown University academic community and will be provided a CSREA office, use of Center meeting spaces, and access to select staff support services. All Fellows are expected to spend one to two semesters in residence at the Center and to participate in the bi-weekly Research Seminar.  Fellows will also have the opportunity to present work-in-progress in a campus-wide public lecture. Projects should focus at least in part on issues of race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the United States, or U.S.-related transnational contexts. Visiting Faculty Fellows are expected to cover their own expenses (including health benefits) for the period of time they are in residence at the Center. 

Fellowship Details:

  • Awardees provided with $1,000 in research funds and $7,000 to help offset living expenses.
  • Office space during the semester of fellowship is provided.
  • Intended for faculty who have been approved for a sabbatical from their home institutions.
  • Up to 3 visiting faculty fellows per year (1-2 semesters each).
  • Fellowship recipients are expected to attend and participate in the CSREA Research Seminar while in residence (about 5 sessions per semester).

Applicants must:

  • Be eligible for a funded one-semester partial or full-salary sabbatical or scholarly leave.
  • Be a member of the regular faculty (lecturer-track, tenured, and tenure-track faculty) at their home institution.
  • Have not received a CSREA Visiting Faculty Fellowship to support or extend a sabbatical or leave in the past three (3) years.
  • Have the support of their Department Chair for the fellowship proposal. Department Chairs should be aware that the Center does not supply funds for teaching replacement. 

Applicants must complete this application form and submit the following supplementary documents to be fully considered: 

  • A cover letter discussing what the applicant hopes to achieve during the fellowship period and why being in residence at CSREA and Brown would be especially helpful in accomplishing the goals.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • A sample of scholarly or creative work (maximum 35 pages).
  • A one-page research project abstract.
  • A more detailed research proposal (1,200–2,000 words, excluding the bibliography). The proposal should outline the research that the applicant will pursue during the term of the fellowship. 
  • One letter of recommendation from a senior colleague from within or outside their home institution. Referees should be instructed to send their letters electronically to [email protected]. The Center must receive all recommendation letters by the application deadline.
  • Formal approval of the application/letter of support from the applicant's Department Chair, to be emailed to [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed by the CSREA Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (DOF).  Other relevant faculty within or external to Brown may be consulted at the discretion of the FAB and DOF. Accepted proposals will be based on proposal quality, viability, and potential contribution to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States and related areas. 

Awardees will be asked to provide a brief summary of their activities within one month of the end of their residency. 


Applications for AY 2020-21 term due on May 1, 2020. Awardees notified in June 2020. The first convening of the selected cohort of Fellows will be in early September 2020. 

Questions? Please contact CSREA Associate Director, Stéphanie Larrieux.