Scholarship & Scholarly Initiatives

The Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture

The Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture is the signature program of the Center and, each year, brings a woman lecturer to campus whose work, scholarship and service epitomize the vision and spirit of Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone. Past lecturers have included Pearl Cleage, Alfre Woodard, Angela Davis, Attalah Shabazz and Julianne Malveaux.

The African Diaspora Lecture Series

The African Diaspora Lecture Series presents lectures, roundtables and debates on a variety of subjects from the African diaspora. Topics, as well as discussions, are provocative, wide-ranging and informative and give UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, students and the surrounding community an opportunity to offer a critical analysis of the evolution of African-American and other African diaspora cultures.

Sonja Haynes Stone Collegiums

The Collegiums Program provides support for joint research/study projects by faculty and students on various topics in Africana studies. Collegiums support collaborative work on African diaspora subjects from a wide-range of perspectives and from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary vantage points. The is a initiative supported by a donation from the late Daniel and Beth Okun.

Visiting Scholar Program

Supports short-term residency by scholars from throughout the diaspora. While in residence, scholars may undertake research or other projects of their choice.

Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship

Supports international study by two undergraduates of color or other students who, because of socio-economic or other reasons, may be underrepresented in study-abroad programs. Although the fellowship seeks to encourage students to study in Africa or in an African diaspora country, there are no restrictions on intended country of study. You can download an application here. 

Harvey E. Beech Professional Development Fellowship

The Stone Center’s Harvey E. Beech Professional Develop ment Fellowship Program is open to all full-time UNC at Chapel Hill sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing. Fellows will earn a $1200 stipend for successfully completing the program. Fellows will be required to work 10-20 hours per week. Call the Stone Center at 962-9001 for additional information. Interested students may apply for one of the following fellowships: Public Relations & Communications, Curatorial & Gallery, and Program & Cultural Project Management. You can download an application here.

Director’s Undergraduate Leadership Administrative Fellowship (DUAL)

The Director’s Undergraduate Administrative Leadership Fellowship (DUAL) provides an undergraduate student an opportunity to serve as an fellow and work closely with the Director of the Stone Center. The fellow will participate in staff, Board and other key meetings, work on specially designed projects, assist the Director in drafting project, program and special reports, and attend outside meetings where possible and appropriate.

The DUAL fellow will receive a monetary stipend or other appropriate award for completing the program.

Venezuelan Aspects of the African Diaspora (VAAD) Program

A semester-long study abroad program between UNC at Chapel Hill and The Instituto Universitario de Barlovento (IUB) located in Venezuela, is set to begin in fall 2010. The IUB was founded in 1991 and is one of few historically black institutions of higher learning in Latin America. Students interested in the program should visit the UNC Study Abroad Office Web site for more information and application instructions.