Graduate Opportunities

1) Paid Summer Internship: Priority Application deadline of March 1, 2018

The Yleana Leadership Academy is interested in recruiting both grads and undergrads for a transformative SAT summer camp which is part SAT boot camp, part higher order thinking skills development, part leadership academy, part on-campus college experience, and part traditional summer camp. The Academy is looking for people willing to work hard and have an amazing time creating a summer camp experience for kids.

The Yleana Leadership Academy, the flagship program of the Yleana Leadership Foundation, is a residential summer academy which serves rising high school seniors in urban areas (Baltimore, Boston/North Shore of MA, NYC, and Philadelphia) and seeks to close the achievement gap. We are part college experience, part summer camp, part intense SAT training, and part leadership academy. In addition to SAT classes, students explore issues like race, class, and gender through our Issues curriculum, an open-forum discussion setting where they question these issues through readings by people like James Baldwin, Junot Diaz, bell hooks, and Sherman Alexie. We also help our students develop higher order/critical thinking skills through our Entrepreneurship class, which culminates in a one-day startup fair with entrepreneurs from all over the world advising the students all day until their crowning face-off, a Shark Tank competition. Besides studying for the SAT, being part of Issues and Entrepreneurship classes, campers enjoy a traditional summer camp experience (complete with campfires under the stars and S’mores on Saturday nights!) while becoming a part of a welcoming and introspective camp community. In 2017, the average score improvement in a 3-week period was 160-180 points on the SAT.

Four different positions are open for the summer (June 16 to August 13, 2018). Click the title below for more information.

Interested in applying?

  • Fill out our form
  • Please be prepared to take a diagnostic test, composed of pieces of the SAT, as part of the hiring process

2) 4-Month Summer Research Placement with the Nigeria Resuscitation Team Management

The Nigeria-Resuscitation Team Management is a project located in the Center for Global Health at Johns Hopkins. The project is looking for graduate and undergraduate students interested in a 4-month paid research placement in Lagos, Nigeria.

Information about the placement and application procedures.

3) Black Europe Summer School 2018 is currently accepting applications

Now in its 11th year, the overall goal of this intensive two-week course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora in Europe. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation today. The course will take place from June 25 to July 6, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

This course addresses the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe, examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced: the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; issues such as global racisms, everyday racism, and epistemic racism; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. Issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality are central analytics, and scholars from the social sciences and humanities and NGOs working against racism and xenophobia in Europe are encouraged to apply. Applications are due February 1, 2018.

4) Call for Papers: Black Communities, A Conference for Collaboration

The University of North Carolina (UNC) is hosting a multi-disciplinary conference to connect academic researchers and Black Communities across North America. By creating new collaborations, we will help to document, safeguard and enhance the life of these communities. The event will take place on April 23-25 at the Carolina Theater in Durham, North Carolina. The conference is seeking proposals from community members, university researchers, independent scholars and students.

5) Job Opportunity: Queen’s National Scholar, Queen’s University.

The Department of Art History and Art Conservation in the Faculty of Arts and Science, in conjunction with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC), at Queen’s University, invites applications for a Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor with a specialization in the Arts and Visual Culture of Africa and/or its Diaspora (historical or contemporary). This is a tenured or tenure-track position with a preferred start date of July 1, 2018. Further information on the Queen’s National Scholar Program can be found on the website of the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research).

6) Job Opportunity: Africana Studies, Rutgers University.

The Department of Africana Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. While we seek a broad range of applicants, we are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching examine one or more of the following areas: 1) intersecting histories and engagements of the African diaspora and other diasporas of color (e.g. Afro-Asian, Afro-Latino); 2) religion in the African diaspora; and/or 3) performance studies and expressive and creative arts.

Africana Studies at Rutgers attracts a broad range of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who find that the scholarly and methodological frameworks which undergird Africana Studies can speak to a range of cultural, political and ethnic experiences. Successful candidates will be prepared to teach in an interdisciplinary department with diverse analytical and methodological approaches; will help the Department expand its current research profile and curricular offerings; and will participate in the life of the department as a good departmental citizen. Required qualifications: PhD in hand at the time of appointment; demonstrated excellence in scholarly research; and demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Desired qualifications: ability to teach one or more of the following courses: Introduction to Africana Studies, Introduction to Africana Methodology, and/or Research Seminar in Africana Studies; and experience in mentoring or advising of undergraduate students. Applications are accepted via the Interfolio dossier system (ID: 28172).

Applications should include:

  1. cover letter
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. 2 writing samples (no more than 40 pages each)
  4. 3 letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin October 31st and continue until position is filled. For questions, please contact Melanye Price via email at