The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is an unincorporated Chicago-based association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions with major holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago. The University of Chicago serves as Host Institution of the BMRC.The BMRC is dedicated to making broadly accessible its members' holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago.
BMRC Short-Term Fellowships are open to doctoral candidates, scholars, artists and writers working on all aspects of the African American History with preference given to those applicants who might make best use of BMRC consortial members archival collections in Chicago. This fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The following institutions are BMRC members:
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Public Library
Chicago State University
DuSable Museum of African American History
Illinois Institute of Technology
Loyola University Chicago
University of Chicago
University of Illinois-Chicago
Stipends for BMRC Short-Term Fellowships will be $3000 per month for a maximum of two months (June-August).
Recipients of all BMRC Fellowships must conduct all research in Chicago, Illinois for the full term of the award.
Fellows will be provided with the following:
1. Office or carrel space at the host member institution.
2. Reserve shelves in library/archive
3. Seminars for presentation and discussion of work.
Applicants must demonstrate a need for African American related collections of at least one BMRC member institution, with preference given to applicants whose research will take them to at least one other member institution as well. These BMRC collections should be vital to the applicant’s research.Applicants who live outside of the state of Illinois will receive preference.
Please note that applications must be received by March 29th, 2013 in order to be considered.
Questions about the fellowships should be directed to: Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty Executive Director The Black Metropolis Research Consortium 2013 BMRC Fellowship Program
University of Chicago 5720 S. Woodlawn Chicago, IL 60637