Teaching Race Graduate Fellowship

Mellon Centering Race Consortium (CRC)

As part of the Mellon Centering Race Consortium, Brown University, Stanford University, and Yale University will jointly organize a speaker series for PhD students under the auspices of a new Teaching Race Graduate Fellowship. Graduate fellows will receive a modest stipend for participating in remote and in-person workshops exploring theory and praxis in anti-racist pedagogy, with a special emphasis on concrete strategies for supporting difficult conversations in the classroom. 

In Zoom sessions held approximately four times per semester, a faculty affiliate of one of the host research centers will speak to a topic or text that they find challenging to teach and how they teach it. Fellows will engage with faculty presenters and peers across all three universities through Zoom sessions, an online post forum, and in-person meetings at their home institution. 

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 12-1:15 PST. Guest speakers will include faculty from Brown, Stanford, Yale, and the University of Chicago. Fall presenters include Hi'ilei Hobart (Yale) and Matt Guterl (Brown). 


  • Participation, with camera on, in four remote speaker sessions from October to December, and another four remote speaker sessions from January to May. The fellowship requires attendance at all events; students who miss more than one event per quarter will not be offered the stipend and may not claim the CRC Teaching Race Fellowship title. 

  • In-person campus cohort gatherings (per unit): (1) kickoff event at the beginning of the series, (1) spring term begin/check-in, and (1) closing meeting.

  • Completion of pre-assigned readings, as appropriate. 

  • Brief discussion posts after each speaker session.

  • Completion of a working project (e.g., draft syllabus or lesson plan) to present at the final in-person meeting and on the group discussion board.


  • Fellows will consider a range of strategies for teaching sensitive and timely material,

  • Fellows will build community with graduate students and faculty across the three universities. 

  • Fellows will receive a stipend of $500 (or $250 per semester) and a certificate of completion. 

  • Select fellows may have an opportunity to participate in the Centering Race Consortium Plenary Conference in Fall 2024, to be held at Yale University.

Interested students should apply with a transcript and brief statement of interest (250 words) by noon on Monday, September 18, 2023. 




This initiative is part of the Centering Race in the Arts & Humanities Consortium (CRC) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Stanford applicants may address questions to Dr. Annie Atura Bushnell at atura [at] stanford.edu (atura[at]stanford[dot]edu)