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NACBS Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship


The NACBS announces two categories of Diversity and Inclusion Fellowships for 2024-25. Inspired by the events of 2020 and the Black Lives Matter movement, these awards aim to encourage all forms of diversity and inclusion within the profession of British Studies by channeling support and funding to emerging scholars belonging to minority groups currently underrepresented in the academy.


Fellowships are offered in two categories:

Category 1:  one award of $10,000 is offered to graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. or post-doctoral candidates in the first three years following the award of their Ph.D.  Funds are intended for use in any form of career development in British Studies.

Category 2:  multiple awards of up to $5000 for undergraduates, recent recipients of the B.A./B.S, and M.A. students aiming to pursue a Ph.D. in some area of British Studies.  Funds are intended for use in any form of preparation for graduate training.

Members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply, as well as those whose lived experience might address the challenge of inclusion within the field of British Studies.  Applicants do not have to be members of the NACBS but will be given membership fees for three years as part of the award.

Applicants in Category 1 must submit a brief personal statement (no more than 500 words), a curriculum vitae, and a proposal outlining their research and professional goals (no more than 500 words), along with a budget of expected expenses (e.g., research materials, travel, books).

Applicants in Category 2 must submit a brief personal statement (no more than 500 words) and a budget of expenses related to research (travel, transportation, etc.) or preparation for graduate school, such as training in foreign languages or digital skills.  For those in the second category of awards only, one letter of reference from a recent instructor is required.

Submit the application package as a single document (either WORD or PDF) through the link below. Referees should submit letters of reference via the “Letter of Recommendation” link. Applications should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2024. The application file should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Application) and letters of recommendation files should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Letter_REFEREE’S LAST NAME).


Marc Matera  (Chair)

University of California Santa Cruz

Kennetta Hammond Perry

Northwestern University 

Muriel C. McClendon

University of California Los Angeles 

Due Date

May 1, 2024 at 11:59PM

Previous Winners


Rochelle Malcolm (Columbia University).

  • Rochelle Malcolm’s research on the social and cultural history of Brixton as a site of grassroots activism from 1970 to 2000 broadens our understanding of the wide-ranging cast of participants who helped to shape local community life in London during the latter half of the twentieth century. Her work pays attention to second-generation African and Caribbean Britons, the Asian community and the LGBTQ community who lived and worked in Brixton. Through her research, Malcolm will intentionally build an oral history archive to contribute to the community’s efforts to preserve Brixton's history.


There was one Honorable Mention:

Bright Alozie (Portland State University), “Voices in Ink: Petitions, Petition Writing, and the Colonial State in Igboland, Nigeria.”

  • Dr. Alozie’s current book project, a revision of his doctoral dissertation, revolves around hundreds of previously untapped petitions, dubbed “voices in ink,” addressed to British officials by subjects of colonial Igboland, Nigeria. By exploring these understudied sources, he brings together multiple perspectives to engage with petition writing beyond an avenue for registering discontent about colonial rule to include knowledge production and identity construction in colonial Nigeria. “Voices in Ink” prompts us to rethink African colonial studies and British imperialism.


Jade Bentil (Oxford University) “‘We used our place in the world to imagine ourselves differently’: Black Feminist Activism and the Politics of Race, Nation and Empire in Britain, 1968-1988⁠.” 

  • Jade Bentil’s research seeks to expand our understanding of Black British women’s contributions to Black feminist history.  Drawing from oral histories conducted with Black women activists, Bentil’s work explores how Black women built autonomous spaces to organize in the service of capacious visions of social justice and Black liberation.  In addition to adding much-needed texture to our understanding of Black women’s lives in Britain during the late twentieth century, Bentil work challenges dominant narratives of feminist organizing in Britain during the late twentieth century and sheds light on the myriad ways that Black women leveraged their marginality in British society to contemplate radical post-imperial futures.

Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Honorable Mention

Leonard Butingan (UC Santa Cruz) “Black Anti-Racist Activism and the Afterlife of Empire: Britain 1976-2000.”

  • Interrogating how activists grappled with the legacies of empire as postcolonial praxis is at the fore of Leonard Butingan’s research.  With a focus on understudied historical actors including Black feminists, queer intellectuals, independent film makers, radical current affairs stars and local grassroots activists, Butingan’s work examines how Black Britons operating across a number of domains understood racism, sexism and homophobia in Britain as part of a neocolonial order and in relation Black transnational liberation movements.  Butingan’s ground-breaking research historicizes Black globality in the late twentieth century and offers critical analysis of the ways that Black activists and intellectuals imagined anti-racism beyond the nation-state.

Jada Gannaway (Michigan State University) “The Political Biography of Althea Jones-Lecointe.”

  • With a focus on the life and legacy of Althea Jones-Lecointe, a central figure in the London-based Black Power movement, Jada Gannaway’s study examines the political realities confronting Black communities in Britain during the long 1970s.  Gannaway’s research interrogates how Black Caribbeans like Jones-Lecointe articulated expectations of citizenship and highlights how developments including shifting immigration policies influenced how Black political organizations mobilized in defense of Black rights.  In doing so Gannaway’s project positions Black women activists like Jone-Lecointe as key strategists in shaping campaigns against state violence that confronted a range of range of social issues including police violence, housing and education. 

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