About the Fellowship
Through an international competition, the BMRC offers 1-month residential fellowships in the summer (May-August) in the City of Chicago for its Summer Short-term Fellowship Program. Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2009, the Summer Short-term Fellowship Program has engaged scholars, artists, writers, and public historians from the United States and Europe to better formulate new historical narratives of Chicago’s past. The new, original research and art developed through this program is significant as it illuminates the national and international importance of Chicago’s African American community.

The purpose of the Summer Short-term Research Fellowship is:
* To create research opportunities for scholars and artists to conduct primary research in Chicago-based archival repositories;
* To generate new knowledge in the field of African American history;
* To engage the local Chicago community in the history of their city.

The BMRC has introduced a new cohort model in which scholars, researchers, and artists will be selected based on their work in broad, yet defined, subject areas.

The subject areas slated for 2017 are: Gospel Music; Design, Urban Design and Architecture

August 2017 will mark the 85th anniversary of Thomas A. Dorsey’s (Father of Gospel Music) gospel music standard, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” which was composed in Chicago.  The BMRC will invite scholars, musicologists, and musicians to submit proposals to research the under-investigated musical genre of Chicago gospel music and its impact on American popular music, Jazz, and/or other music genres.  

In 1937, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a Hungarian photographer as well as professor in the Bauhaus school, was recruited from Europe to found the New Bauhaus in Chicago, which would later become the School of Design and then the Institute of Design.  We will invite researchers to investigate the lives and careers of African American designers working in Chicago and/or how modern design approaches, through architecture and urban design, affected African American communities in the City of Chicago.

Applicants will be notified of results by April 1, 2017.

For more information on application and eligibility requirements, please click here.