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Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Award Amount: $7,500.00

Fellowship Duration: June 2021-January 2022 


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Fellowship Description

The HistoryMakers—the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive (—invites applications for the 2021 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy & Teaching Fellowship. Up to eight (8) fellowships of $7,500 will be awarded.

The aim of the fellowship is to foster innovation and further student learning and research skills while providing 21st century digital tools that diversify today’s and tomorrow’s higher education environments for virtual, hybrid and in-person instruction. Successful applications will evidence a plan to increase awareness and usage of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive by integrating The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into a course's design and syllabus to diversify curriculum and increase student engagement and learning. The fellowship period is June 2021 to January 2022.

Applications are due no later than Friday, April 30, 2021.

Submission is open only to faculty at The HistoryMakers Digital Archive’s subscribing institutions. For a complete list of subscribing institutions, please reference the back of this packet.


Applicants must be:

  • • Current faculty at one of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive subscribing institutions. For a complete list of subscribing institutions, please reference the back of this packet;
  • • Either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents;
  • • Committed to centering the HistoryMakers Digital Archive in a course offered during the academic term(s) between August and December 2021 (fall or quarter period(s));
  • • Willing to reserve approximately 1.5 hours monthly for a synchronous virtual meeting between The HistoryMakers Innovations in Teaching Pedagogy fellows and The HistoryMakers.



In 2020, the advent of COVID-19 and the resultant challenges to society and higher education brought about a rapid and uneven shift from in-person instruction to online learning as well as synchronous versus asynchronous instruction. This conversion brought disparities into full view (i.e., reliable internet, personal computers, study spaces, equal access to library resources). It also highlighted the resources and pedagogical changes needed for effective and diversified online instruction. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is a powerful electronic resource designed to meet the needs of both remote and virtual instruction.

2020 and 2021 also brought significant social and racial unrest caused by the deaths of George Floyd, Armaud Arbury, Breonna Taylor, and others, as well as a siege on our nation’s capital. It became clear that most Americans know very little about the African American community and how deleterious this ignorance is to American society. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive provides real-life narratives that establish a roadmap for navigating and making sense of many of the most contentious issues of today. It showcases important role models, success frameworks, and opportunities to draw connections that promote understanding across socio-economic, racial, and ethnic boundaries. Essentially, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive places its users into the lives of black people at a time when wholesale ignorance of the African American community has been putting African American life at continued risk. It also provides faculty rich primary source content for classroom instruction in the form of a unique electronic resource.

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For inquiries, please contact William Teresa at or 312-674-1900 ext. 508