Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowship 2017-18, Yale University, USA

Traditional academics as well as writers/researchers without academic institutional affiliation are encouraged to apply.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC), part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, invites applications for a residential fellowship from scholars and public intellectuals to study the fundamental origins and circumstances surrounding debt bondage, forced labor, human trafficking, and other forms of modern day slavery. The Center is offering up to two fellowships in 2017-18.

This is an interdisciplinary fellowship program, based in history and the social sciences, which aims to promote innovative research on the origins and conditions that lead to contemporary slavery. In recent years many NGOs and other activists have worked very hard to provide data, to engage in intervention, and to raise public and governmental awareness on this international problem. At the GLC and at Yale, and at other cooperating institutions such as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati we believe the issues of modern slavery would benefit from a more robust research base rooted in, but not necessarily limited to, historical analysis and interpretation.


The Fellows will be expected to be in full-time residence during the academic year beginning August 1, 2017. An earned doctorate in a relevant field or alternatively equivalent qualifications for research and teaching are expected for the successful candidate. In addition to working on their own research project, the Fellow is expected to teach one course related to their research and hold related office hours for students; offer one public lecture or conduct a workshop; and to record an audio interview for a podcast. The Fellows are also expected to interact with students and faculty, contribute to the intellectual life of the Center, and participate in its collective activities and development. Ideally, the Fellows will also complete a significant publication during their residency.

Stipend and Resource Information

The successful fellows will receive an academic year salary of $55,000 plus fringe benefits. All Gilder Lehrman Center Fellows will have full access to the Yale University libraries and email. Normally, Fellows can expect shared office space, computer access and basic office supplies. Interested candidates, who have other sources of funding, may apply with a clear indication of their funding situation. All applicants should indicate clearly whether they are seeking full or partial funding.


A complete application, including letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the Interfolio website by March 6, 2017 at 3:00pm Eastern Time. No late applications will be accepted. To apply, you are required to submit the following materials via Interfolio:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Three to five page statement regarding intended research project (research statement)

For additional information, please contact:

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition-

Yale University

PO Box 208206

New Haven, CT 06520-8206

Phone: 203-432-3339

~ Fax: 203-432-6943


For more information please click “Further Official Information” below.

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