August 5, 2020
New Wilma Gibbs Moore Fellowships to support humanities research on racial injustice and Black Hoosiers’ responses

Seeking to engage the power of the humanities in the nation’s work for racial justice, Indiana Humanities is supporting fellowships for research into racial injustice experienced by Black Hoosiers, structural racism in Indiana and the ways those affected by racism have responded.


Named for a former Indiana Historical Society archivist and librarian who served as one of Indiana’s preeminent scholars of African American history, Wilma Gibbs Moore Fellowships of $2,500 will support humanities scholars as they conduct new research on anti-Black racism in Indiana. 


“In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, our nation has engaged in essential, often painful conversations about the injustices too often suffered by Black Americans,” said Keira Amstutz, Indiana Humanities president and CEO. “We’ve created this fellowship because we believe these conversations will be most productive if they are supported by the kind of discovery, understanding, analysis and critical thinking that can result from leveraging the humanities.”


The Wilma Gibbs Moore Fellowship is open to individual researchers or research teams who can demonstrate their credibility as researchers and show how their proposed topic aligns to the fellowship’s goals. Researchers do not need to be based in Indiana but must show how their research relates significantly to Indiana.


Proposals will be welcomed from across the fields of humanities inquiry, including but not limited to history, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, religious studies, art history, folklore, ethnomusicology and gender studies, as well as humanistic social sciences such as political science, sociology and anthropology. An advisory panel of esteemed humanities scholars will review the proposals


Fellowship applications will be accepted until Sept. 28. Applicants will be notified of fellowship awards by Nov. 2, with an expectation that the fellowship work will be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.


For more details about the fellowship, its aims and requirements, and to access the fellowship application, go to

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