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Abayomi Ola Named Frederick Burkhardt Fellow

April 2019

Abayomi OlaAbayomi Ola, Ph.D., associate professor of art history, has been named one of the 2019 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows by the American Council of Learned Societies.

The Burkhardt program supports residential research fellowships for recently tenured faculty members. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Ola will use the prestigious fellowship to work on his project, "Lines of Dissent in Anglophone West Africa, 1950-1970," in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019-20.

“In 20 years, this program has supported a generation of scholars, helping them advance ambitious, far-reaching research projects and setting them on a path to leadership in the humanities,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS.

“Burkhardt fellows are immersed in a new milieu, which creates opportunities for them to share their work with scholars from other disciplines, institutions, and intellectual formations. These residential research experiences not only enrich and expand fellows’ current work, but also foster long-lasting scholarly networks.”

Burkhardt Fellowships carry a $95,000 stipend and a $7,500 research budget. Designed to accommodate long-term, multi-year research projects, fellows may take the award in any of the three academic years following selection.

A Chevening scholar as well, Dr. Ola has received several honors and awards including the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) Fellowship, and The Richard A. Horovitz Professional Development Fund Fellowship, Institute of International Education.


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