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Cooper-Du Bois Mentoring Program

Cooper-Du Bois Mentoring Program

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Supporting Doctoral Study for Underrepresented Students in African American Literature, Language, Culture, and Black Digital and Public Scholarship.

DATES:November 4-7, 2022
LOCATION: Pennsylvania State University

Application deadline: May 15, 2022

Join our next cohort of Cooper-Du Bois fellows and learn more about Penn State’s dual-title Ph.D. in African American and Diaspora Studies, opportunities for enhanced funding, and the new Center for Black Digital Research #DigBlk.Photo of W.E.B. Du Bois

Are you interested in learning more about graduate studies in African American literature, language and culture?  Do you want to learn about opportunities for enhanced funding packages to do digital research and public scholarship?  Have you considered a dual-title PhD in African American Studies?

Apply now for this four-day program to attend workshops on a variety of topics related to graduate studies and the admissions process.

Session Topics Include:

  • Graduate Studies in African American Literature and Language
  • Opportunities for Digital and Public Research and Scholarship
  • The Graduate Application: Navigating the Process and Preparing Materials
  • Penn State’s Dual-Title Ph.D. in African American and Diaspora Studies
  • Tips on Preparing the Statement of Purpose and Writing Sample
  • Perspectives on the field from faculty, area and program heads, current and former graduate students, and former Cooper-Du Bois Fellows.

Students Will Receive:

  • Programming and instructional materials
  • Reimbursement for Penn State Graduate School application fee (if applying)
  • $250 stipend after completion of all program workshops

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants should be juniors, seniors, or Masters students currently enrolled in or having earned a degree from a U.S. college or university. Priority will be given to students interested in applying to graduate school in Winter 2023 for admission in Fall 2023.
  • Priority given to applicants from racial or ethnic groups under-represented in the discipline of English/Literary Studies and/or in the English graduate program at Penn State University.
  • Applicants must have a strong, demonstrated interest in pursuing African American literary, cultural and/or rhetorical studies and a dual-title degree with African American studies.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Required Materials:

  • a 1-2 page letter of application stating your academic/career goals and research interests;
  • an unofficial transcript;
  • and one letter of recommendation submitted by a faculty member.

To apply, complete the form linked below:

Note: once you submit your application an email will be sent directly to your letter writer requesting the recommendation be uploaded directly to the system. Please let your letter writer know in advance so they have their letter ready to submit when they receive the email request.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted by May 23, 2022.

For questions about the program or application, please email program coordinator, Yolanda Mackey, at

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