One of the most significant challenges confronting small liberal arts colleges in the United States today is increasing the members of underrepresented groups teaching at such institutions. A diverse faculty benefits students, faculty and staff alike by enriching the nature of the education experience for all. In order to encourage such scholars to consider college rather than university teaching, Kenyon College offers the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship.

The program is for scholars in the final stages of their doctoral work who need only to finish the dissertation to complete requirements for the Ph.D. The fellow is expected to write the dissertation and to teach one course each semester, usually in the fellow’s general research area. Kenyon will provide a stipend of $ $36,000 plus health benefits, housing (or equivalent allowance), and a small moving allowance. The College will also provide some allowance to cover research, travel to conferences, and professional expenses. The Fellow will be provided an office, a networked computer, and secretarial support services.


Eligibility to apply for the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship is limited to those meeting all of the following four criteria who are citizens or nationals of the United States:

  • Members of underrepresented groups (e.g., ethnic minorities; women in fields that attract mostly men, or men in fields that attract mostly women; and persons who are first-generation college attendees).
  • Individuals who are enrolled in a research-based Ph.D. program in one of the following fields: African and African American studies, American studies, anthropology, art, art history, Asian and Middle East studies, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, classics, dance, drama, economics, English, environmental studies, history, humanities, international studies, legal studies, mathematics, modern languages and literature, music, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, political science, public policy, psychology, religious studies, scientific computing, sociology, and women’s and gender studies.
  • Individuals who aspire to a teaching and research career.
  • Persons who have not yet earned a doctoral degree at any time and in any field.


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