Fellowships: Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI)

Apply Now! Deadline is January 17, 2018

The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute Fellowship provides a residential appointment at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. This resident appointment provides considerable benefits, including the following: office space, computer and technology support in Harvard Square, use of a research assistant and full access to the extensive research and library resources of Harvard University. Further information about the Hutchins Center and an Archive Fellow's joint appointment may be found here: http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/fellows-program.

Previous and Current Fellows:


9th Wonder
Hiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship 2012-2013
The Miseducation of Hip-Hop: Cross-Generational Methodologies for Gaining Clearer Interpretations of the Leadership Language of the Post-Civil Rights/Millennium Generation


Resident Fellow privileges:

  • An office at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research with 24 hour access, 7 days a week
  • A Harvard University ID card, which provides access to all University libraries and other University facilities and Hutchins Center business cards
  • A telephone with voicemail
  • A Harvard University email account and access to the Internet, the Harvard On-Line Library Information System, and other online resources at the University
  • A Research Assistant for 5 hours per week, or 65 hours per term
  • Use of photocopier and fax machine
  • In rare cases the Hutchins Center is able to offer stipends of a maximum of $50,000 per academic year.

We highly encourage you to seek funding from additional sources.

Other Requirements:

We ask that Fellows (1) reside in the Boston area during the term of their appointment, (2) participate fully in the opening orientation week events, fellows’ workshops, and in the weekly colloquia series, at which each Fellow is expected to (3) present on work in progress. We are a vibrant intellectual community, rich in programming and opportunities to network within a unique community of scholars engaged in African and African American research. We ask that you make a frequent appearance at our major programming – and at our specially designed Fellowship Programming – workshops, panel discussions, dinners, and social functions – where you will interact with other fellows, faculty, and other members of Harvard University’s community. 

In addition to the weekly colloquium series in which fellows present their work in progress to a public audience, fellows have the opportunity to present their work in fellows-only workshops. In this setting, fellows discuss their own pre-circulated papers, articles on a single topic, or a combination of the two: workshops are designed to foster deep scholarly exchange across the vast terrain of African and African American studies.

Our fellows also enjoy the company of other fellows and members of Harvard University’s community, including the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Many of our fellows build strong bonds with faculty and graduate students in the Department of African and African American Studies. The aim of the fellowship program is to provide a vibrant environment in which to write, study, collaborate, and thrive.

The Fellows Program, the oldest of the Hutchins Center's activities, invites up to twenty scholars to be in residence each year, reflecting the interdisciplinary breadth of African and African American Studies. The Center has appointed Fellows since its founding in 1975 and supports research at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels.

Hutchins Center Fellows are truly international, including scholars from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

The fellowship program has supported more than 300 alumni, many of whom are now major figures in the field, and include Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Harvard University), Brent Edwards (Columbia University), Gloria Wade Gayles (Spelman College), David W. Blight (Yale University), Nell Irvin Painter (Princeton University), Arnold Rampersad (Stanford University), Claude Steele (Stanford University), Cornel West (Princeton University), and Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka.