Bunche Fellows Program

The Bunche Fellows Program funds undergraduate students with a strong interest in to the study of Black life. Undergraduate fellows work on faculty-led research projects, take a year-long research course, and receive $12,000 for the fellowship year.

Under the leadership of Dr. Walter Allen, the Bunche Fellows Program (BFP) funds undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars to study the conditions of Black life. Our undergraduate and graduate fellows work on faculty-led research projects while our postdoctoral fellows are appointed for two-year fellowships in collaboration with the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Undergraduate Fellowship Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Passion for African American Studies
  • Desire to strengthen skills in research methodology

All majors are welcome, however, priority is given to African American Studies majors and minors. Recruitment for the fellowship begins in January of each calendar year.

Recipients of the fellowship are matched with a Faculty Mentor and required to take a research course each quarter of their fellowship year (fall through summer) with BFP Faculty Director, Dr. Walter Allen.

up to $12,000 per year
Supplemental Questions
  1. BLACK STUDIES: What is the importance of studying Black life past, present, and future? Write at least 150 words, but no more than 300 words.
  2. WRITING SAMPLE: Please include a writing sample. The subject should be related to Black Studies (broadly defined).
  3. RESEARCH INTEREST: Please specify a research topic you are interested in studying and why it interests you. Write at least 250 words, but no more than 450 words.
  4. CV/RESUME: Please provide a CV or Resume.
  5. BUNCHE LETTER OF REFERENCE: Please provide the name and e-mail of a faculty member who will provide a letter of reference