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The Institute for Common Power Scholar-in-Residence Program

April 29, 2024

The Institute for Common Power Scholar-in-Residence Program is designed to provide scholars with the funds, lodging, proximity to research facilities, and more necessary to conduct scholarly research on topics related to Alabama and the surrounding areas. Scholars engaging in historical research on topics related to the histories of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Selma, Alabama holds a particularly important space in the history of voting rights and human rights. Our building is located at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge the site of a series of marches in March, 1965 that led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This is where Scholars-in-Residence will stay while doing research. The building has been recently renovated and houses two beautiful apartment suites. Our building is nestled on the Alabama River and allows for easy travel to repositories around the state of Alabama and in portions of Georgia and Mississippi.

We, at the Institute for Common Power, are gravely concerned about the archaic and discriminatory policies that school boards, state leaders, and others are implementing and promoting to eliminate truth in education and to intimidate and stoke fear among educators. These actions are in direct contradiction to a fair, open, honest, and democratic America. We see our work in supporting scholars as a necessary act to bring attention to the essential work of writing truthful history in pursuit of a fair and just American democracy.

Visiting scholars who are selected for the program will be awarded the following:

  • Residency in an apartment on Water Avenue in Selma, Alabama housed in Common Power’s newly renovated building. The scholar, as part of this Residency, will occupy the apartment for at least one week and for no more than four weeks. There will only be one scholar selected for the program at a time.
  • A $4,500 stipend to cover transportation costs, food, and research fees. Fifty percent of this amount will be awarded to the selected scholar no later than two weeks before the proposed date of travel to Selma. The remaining fifty percent will be awarded at the end of the first week of residency.

Scholars agree to the following:

  • Research conducted while in residency will be used in a monograph, edited volume, or article.
  • The Institute for Common Power will be acknowledged in the publication.
  • Scholars will use their social media platforms to acknowledge / promote the work of the Institute for Common Power.
  • Provide one virtual lecture for the Institute for Common Power related to your research within three months of completing your residency.

Scholars who meet the following minimum requirements are encouraged to apply:

  • Have a doctorate in hand, or be working toward the completion of one, in History, Political Science, Sociology, African American Studies, Native American Studies, Asian American Studies, American Studies, Womens’ Studies, LGBTQ Studies, or a related field.
  • OR
  • Extensive work in journalism or a related field.

To apply:

  • Submit a proposal, no longer than five pages double-spaced, that clearly outlines the topic and purpose of your proposed research project. Why will residency in this location aid in the completion of your project?
  • Submit an outline that details that exact dates you propose to use the space. Please include at least three separate options for dates.
  • Submit a CV.
  • Please send all materials directly to Dr. Terry Anne Scott, Director of the Institute for Common Power, at [email protected]. Include “Selma Scholar-In-Residence” in the subject line.

Application Deadlines:

  • Applications are due by June 15, 2024
  • Finalists will be contacted for an interview by June 20, 2024. Final decisions will be sent by July 1, 2024.
  • All applicants will be notified by July 1.
  • The chosen applicant can take up residency between July 14 and December 31, 2024.
  • Application deadlines for 2025 residency will be released in June, 2024.

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