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Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellowship

April 15, 2016
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Chicago, IL


The HistoryMakers are pleased to announce The Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellowship, in honor of the mother of The HistoryMakers founder and executive director, Julieanna Richardson. Margaret Richardson has been an indispensable asset to The HistoryMakers project, and a stalwart supporter from the beginning. The Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellows should exhibit a passion and commitment to education, just as ‘Mrs. R’ (an educator in her own right) has displayed day after day. The purpose of The Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellowship is to provide a ten-week summer opportunity (Monday, May 30, 2016 - Friday, August 5, 2016) to students interested in pairing historical research with education through K-12 programming. Individuals awarded the fellowship will receive a $5,000.00 stipend for the summer.

Fellows will make extensive use of research, writing, and presentation skills throughout the duration of their fellowship. Fellows will also play a significant role in the planning, facilitation, and execution of the annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers program, a nationwide K-12 educational programming event. During their tenure at The HistoryMakers, the Fellow will develop a plan for connecting higher education to The HistoryMakers existing K-12 programming. Fellows will work closely with The HistoryMakers team in developing new ideas and strategies for promoting The HistoryMakers unique Digital Archive to educators, researchers, and students. Fellows will be responsible for training and instruction on the use and applications of the Digital Archive for the above-mentioned groups, in support of The HistoryMakers Digital Literacy Initiative. Preliminary interview research into the backgrounds and lives of potential HistoryMakers will also constitute part of the Fellow’s workload.

ELIGIBILITY: The Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellowship is open to undergraduate students in their junior or senior years of a four-year accredited university; majoring in education, history, African American studies, or a humanities related field. The requirements for consideration are: Citizen or permanent resident of the United States; Demonstrated interest in education, history, African American studies, or a humanities related field. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, or through a personal statement in application essay; Demonstrated interest in archive administration and management; GPA of 3.50 or higher. Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the fellow.  Applicants will be provided with information on local housing options upon acceptance as The Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellow.

APPLICATION: Submit the following for consideration, no later than Friday, April 15, 2016:

1.      Cover letter stating your interest in the fellowship and your future career goals (please include an email address and a daytime telephone number).

2.      Essay or written statement (750 - 1,000 words) addressing one or all of the following:

  • your interest in education and educational programming;
  • your interest in African American history and archival collections; and/or,
  • the importance of this fellowship to your future career.

3.      Resume or CV indicating your academic background, work experience, and volunteer service.

4.      Undergraduate transcript. Also include a printout of classes in which you are currently enrolled, if applicable.

5.      Three letters of recommendation.

Submit application material to:

The Margaret B. Richardson Education Summer Fellowship

The HistoryMakers

1900 S Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60616


The HistoryMakers is a growing and dynamic 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an unprecedented national video oral history archival institution recording the stories of both well-known and unsung African American HistoryMakers. The goal is to record at least 5,000 oral history interviews and to expose this material to the public through strategic media, technology, academic and community partnerships. In June 2014, the nation’s foremost repository—the Library of Congress—announced that it will serve as the permanent repository of The HistoryMakers collection. In 2015, Harvard University, Yale University, Boston University, Howard University, and Emory University all licensed The HistoryMakers Digital Archive for use on their campuses, and in the classroom.