The University of Notre Dame has decided to end the funding of the Erskine Peters Fellowship. For the past 11 years, the fellowship program has provided funding for African American doctoral students who were finishing up work on their dissertations. The fellowship period was from August to May. Fellows received a stipend of $30,000, office space, a computer, access to all university resources, and a $2,000 research budget.
The program was named for Erskine Peters, a former English professor at Notre Dame who was an advocate for greater diversity in higher education. Professor Peters died in 1998.
Over the past 11 years, 47 Erskine Peters Fellows have spent a year at Notre Dame while they finished work on their dissertations. From two to five fellows were named each year.
The university’s provost office had funded the program for the past 11 years. It was not an endowed program and funding was on a year-to-year basis. The university did not offer a reason why the program was being discontinued.
Here is a video that offers more information on the Erskine Peters Fellowship.