The Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California Santa Barbara usually accepts applications for one-two postdoctoral researcher positions annually. The research areas may include the fields and disciplines within Arts, Humanities, STEM or Social Sciences with a focus on Black Studies and/or Black communities in the African Diaspora (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australia/Oceania). Part of the Fellowship (25%) is devoted to developing the Center’s programs, which may involve mentoring undergraduate research fellows. No teaching is required.

This position is a 12-month appointment that usually begins July 1 annually with a possibility of 2nd year appointment, upon evaluation.

Basic qualifications:

Applicants must have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D., except for the dissertation (all but dissertation) at the time of application in social sciences, arts, humanities or STEM. Must have completed a doctoral degree within the past 5 years; scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply, however the focus of the research should be on Black communities.


The application deadline for the 2020-2021 Fellowship has passed.