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Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute


The application process starts on September 1, 2015.
Deadline is January 15, 2016.

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute June 6 - July 22, 2016


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American , African, and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees, especially PhDs, in the humanities.

The program, which is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, offers a seven-week session for ten rising seniors (juniors in spring 2016, entering their senior year in fall 2016, graduating in 2017).

The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will develop and nurture the students’ interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provide them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers and to reach their full potential.

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  • Students entering their senior year in fall 2016
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

If you do not meet ALL eligibility requirements your application will not be considered.

Program Details

  • Daily sessions, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All sessions are mandatory
  • Seminars by distinguished scholars
  • Assigned readings
  • Viewings and discussions of relevant documentaries
  • Research
  • $3,000 stipend. Students who are enrolled in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program are NOT eligible for the stipend. They are eligible for transportation and housing.
  • Out-of-state transportation costs covered
  • Free housing—at International House—and free meals

Theme: The Global Black Experience in the 20th and 21st centuries

The Summer Institute, with the help of multi-disciplinary seminars by eminent scholars, will help students understand the events and the trends of these past 60 years.


Comparative Ethnic Studies

The program includes seminars on the main issues in Latino, Asian-American, Indian-American and White studies

Building Research and Writing Skills

Students will have workshops on research and writing

Graduate School Preparation

Students will be offered a seminar on the application process.

Personal Project

Drawing upon the Schomburg Center’s extensive collections the students will prepare a research prospectus that could be the basis for their senior thesis or a major research paper.


  • Completed application form
  • Official academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty
  • Written statement explaining why you want to pursue graduate studies in the Humanities (900 words maximum)
  • Resume
  • Release form for food allergies
  • If you do not provide ALL required materials your application will not be considered

Applications must be received by January 15, 2016.

Selected students will be informed by email by April 1. Due to the volume of applications, personalized responses to all applicants are not possible. If you do not receive an email by April 1, please do not contact the program.

Institute staff

Director: Sylviane A. Diouf, Ph.D.

Assistant Directors: Nicole Burrowes, Ph.D. and Sean Greene, M.A.

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