Welcome Prospective Undergraduate Scholars,


Overview:  Each year, the Quarles Humanities and Social Science Institute will select eight to ten undergraduates from disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences for its summer Undergraduate Scholars Program in Interdisciplinary Perspective on the African-American Legacy.  The Program will engage students in rigorous training in interdisciplinary research and the effective integration of primary historical source data. The research will focus on archives, manuscript collections and other primary source repositories. In 2021 the program will run virtually for 4 weeks during the month of June. In addition to working with the summer faculty leader, students will be paired with faculty members who will guide them in continuing research. The Program works to develop in students a passion for scholarship and research and prepare them to be the next generation of Ph.D. holders by assisting them with the graduate school application process.



Funded Fellowship Activities and Requirements:  Quarles Undergraduate Fellows will examine and conduct research on primary resources in a number of locations, including the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, the Beulah Davis Special Collections at Morgan State University and other historical sites related to African American and African Diaspora life and culture.  Fellows will develop research projects in teams, and will work continuously during the summer.  Fellows, with the assistance of faculty advisers, will develop the project into a senior capstone research project. During the ensuing summer and academic year, they will present their research findings to Morgan’s Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, at the Quarles Institute Annual Conference, and at discipline-specific national academic meetings.

Summer Fellows, working virtually, will receive a $2,000 stipend for the four-week program.  Fellows will have access and completed projects through Students will be required to attend a research symposium, which will be covered through the program. Fellows will also receive funding and training to prepare for graduate school application and entry.


Eligibility: High-ability rising juniors and seniors, who are interested in attending graduate school in the humanities and/or humanistic social sciences.


Selection Criteria: 

  • Major in Art, English History, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology (Anthropology);

  • Achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above;

  • Demonstrated interest in entering and completing a doctoral program in a humanities or social sciences discipline.

  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills;

  • Completed or enrolled in advanced (300 or 400 level) humanities and social science courses;

  • Interested in African American and African Diaspora life and culture;

  • Recommended by department chair and 2 faculty


Application Deadline: April 15

Notification: TBD