Scholar-in-Residence @ African American Library at the Gregory School

CERCL in partnership with the African American Library at the Gregory School offers residential fellowships for scholars whose research would benefit from the Houston Public Library special collections (particularly the Gregory School archives).

The Scholar-in-Residence Program is generously supported by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Application Deadline for 2020 Scholar-in-Residence


Who May Apply

The Scholar-in-Residence program is open to those holding the PhD, graduate students who have achieved candidacy and independent scholars. Foreign nationals who have resided in the United States for two years immediately preceding the application deadline, and United States citizens are eligible to apply.


Application Instructions

A complete application must include:

  • The Scholar-in-Residence Program cover sheet

  • A 1000 word description of the proposed research. This document must be double-spaced and use 12-point type.  It should: (1) explain the nature and significance of the project, including its impact on the scholarly community; (2) a brief discussion of the applicants preparation for this project; (3) describe how Houston Public Library collections will be used in completing the work undertaken during the term of the residency; (4) plan for carrying out the research; (5) significance of the project for the applicant’s field of study; (6) outline of schedule (hours/days/months) that facilities will be used (ie. 6 hours per day/2 days per week for 6 months). 

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s project. 

  • Curriculum vitae/resume (no more than 10 pages) 


Selection Criteria

Each application for the Scholars-in-Residence program will be evaluated by a selection committee, in light of the strength of the application materials.

Qualifications considered include:  (1) the relevance of the project to the mission and goals of the Scholar-in-Residence Program; (2) the feasibility of the project; and, (3) the level of importance of the Houston Public Library and Woodson Research Center collections for the project; and (4) the strength of the proposal in light of letters of reference; (5) special consideration will be given to research that provides a clear connection to a current urban issue of public significance.

Reviews will not be made available to applicants.


Terms of the Residency

Residency period is 6 months (Feb-July).


Scholar(s) will be provided with personal office space, access to the Gregory School archives, other Houston Public Library special collections.


Scholar(s) are provided with a computer and Internet access.


Scholar(s) will be responsible for completing weekly timesheets and adhering to the proposed/accepted schedule.


Scholar(s) are provided with a stipend of $3,500* in exchange for:

  • Two distinct public lectures, one held on the Rice University campus and another at the Gregory School in September following the residency period.

  • Two blog postings submitted to

  • A presentation of research to post online at


All scholarship (publications, papers and online documents) developed in relationship to this fellowship must acknowledge CERCL and the residence program.  Copies must be given to CERCL.


This fellowship does not include housing, and fellows do not receive salary or any compensation beyond the $3,500 to be paid after all requirements above have been met.
*(W-9 must be submitted in order for check to be processed)

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