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Undergraduate Honors Fellowship - Apply Here


The James Weldon Johnson Institute is pleased to announce its call for fellowship applications for students in Emory College writing honors theses on topics related to race and difference. JWJI will sponsor up to four undergraduate fellowships to assist honors students as they finish their theses. Students selected for the program will receive:

  • Access to shared working space* in the JWJI offices—a beautifully renovated space on North Decatur Road.
  • A community of classmates across the college working on similar topics.
  • Up to $250 in research support—for conferences, fieldwork, research supply purchases, etc.

JWJI is accepting applications for this program NOW! To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be students in Emory College.
  • They must be on track to graduate in Spring 2021.
  • They must be in the process of writing an honors thesis. We welcome applications from all College majors and departments with honors programs.
  • The topic of their honors thesis should focus on the themes of race and difference.

To apply, students must submit the following via email (using attachments) to by Thursday, September 10 at 11:59 p.m. EDT:

  • A cover letter expressing your interest in the program and describing your research project.
  • A copy of your CV or resumé.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript.
  • A research statement outlining the research plan for your project.
  • A 5-7 page writing sample.
  • The name and email address of your thesis advisor, honors program director or DUS, who can attest to the progress of your thesis. Please get permission to include them as a reference. JWJI will contact them separately.
  • In your email, use the following subject line, as written: JWJI HONORS APPLICATION.

Fellowship winners will be notified around the end of September. If you have any questions, please contact the JWJI director, Dr. Andra Gillespie, at

*Proper social distancing protocols will be enforced.

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