Visiting Fellowship for Post-Doctoral and Advanced Scholars

Program Structure

Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Visiting Fellows Program is the core program of the Johnson Institute. The program supports new PhDs, faculty members, and independent scholars with a distinguished record of research and undergraduate or graduate teaching in the humanities. The Visiting Fellows Program seeks to support research projects across the spectrum of those disciplines that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights. The Johnson Institute is committed to recruiting only the best and most promising scholars in the field. The expectation is that Visiting Fellows will complete a major work that will assume the form of a monograph or other equally substantial forms of scholarship. Beyond the Johnson Institute, Visiting Fellows are institutionally affiliated with the Emory College of Arts and Sciences.


Faculty Hosts

During the period of the residency, Visiting Fellows are paired with faculty hosts from sponsoring departments in the College. Faculty hosts constitute an important source of support and information for Visiting Fellows beyond the Johnson Institute. Faculty hosts are senior Emory faculty members who work collaboratively with the Director of the Johnson Institute in order to make the residencies of the Visiting Fellows productive and meaningful. Faculty hosts are the liaison between the Johnson Institute and colleagues in sponsoring departments who share the research interests of Visiting Fellows.


While the Johnson Institute remains committed to supporting new research and scholarship on race, difference, and civil rights and human rights, it is equally committed to the creation of new opportunities for learning for undergraduate and graduate students in this field. With the support and cooperation of the sponsoring departments, Visiting Fellows teach one undergraduate or graduate course during the period of their residency. All matters related to the advertisement, cross-listing, and the evaluation of courses are administered by the sponsoring departments.

Race and Difference Colloquium Series

The Race and Difference Colloquium Series is the dynamic framework for the presentation of research by Visiting Fellows. Guided by the aim of fostering a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue on race, ethnicity, and other dimensions of human difference, the colloquium is structured to foster the creation of a community of scholars that includes the Visiting Fellows, faculty and students across all campus divisions, along with other visiting scholars in residence at Emory University.