Richard A. Long/HBCU Fellowship

In honor of the late Richard A. Long (1927-2013), who was a professor of English and African American Studies at Atlanta University and Emory University, the Rose Library offers two to three short-term research fellowships annually to graduate students and faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBUC).  Each fellowship will have a value of between $500-$1000, which is meant to help defray expenses in traveling to and residing in Atlanta for the duration of the fellowship. The length of the fellowship will depend on the applicant's research proposal, but is normally two weeks.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program or teach at a HBCU that is not within 50 miles of Emory University’s main campus. The goal of the fellowship is to support faculty and graduate students from HBCUs by providing resources to conduct research in the Rose Library’s African American collections.

Graduate students must include a letter of support from an advisor, faculty member or librarian/archivist at their institution and copy of student identification as proof of enrollment. Faculty must include a letter of support from their department chair or Dean and a copy of faculty identification as proof of employment.

Fellowship applications are evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) the qualifications of the candidate; (2) a clearly articulated research topic; and (3) a demonstrated understanding of the research materials available in the Rose Library to support their work. Equal weight is given to each of these three aspects in determining the final priority rating.

Applications will be accepted annually through February, with award notifications emailed to recipients in early April. 

Important Information for International Fellows:

Please familiarize yourself with the appropriate visa type for your desired length of stay at the Rose Library. Fellows coming to the Rose Library on a  standard tourist or business visa (VWT/VT or VB) may NOT stay at the Rose Library for any period beyond 9 working days. Should you extend your research visit beyond this allocation, you will NOT be eligible to receive any form of payment for  your visit. International researchers with a J1 visa may extend their stay beyond 9 working days. For more information, please consult your U.S. Consulate or the Emory Office of International Student and Scholar Programs well in advance of your planned trip.

It is our preference to award international fellows with payment in the form of travel accommodations booked through the Rose Library liaison, Rhonda Wynter. Once you have received and accepted a fellowship award, please contact Rhonda at to make arrangements for your lodging or flight. In the event that an international fellow cannot book travel through Emory, please contact Rhonda as early as possible in advance of your trip for the appropriate forms for reimbursement.