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About the Fellowship

Launched in 2018, the Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellowship provides opportunities for scholars and artists of color in varied media to engage in literary, cultural and artistic expression that advances their own work and serves the joint interests of the University and community. The Fellowship is designed to bring national and regional artists and scholars into a collaboration between the famed playwright's Hill District and educational and artistic institutions.

Supported by a $100,000 grant from the Nancy Jones Beard Foundation, August Wilson House Fellows at Duquesne serve as artists/scholars-in-residence, living in a Duquesne University apartment while developing their own creative work, engaging in research, teaching and participating in educational events both in the community and on campus.

The fellowship program furthers Duquesne's signature partnership with the August Wilson House. Fellows are invited to create work that can be showcased in Wilson's childhood home and the Hill community. They also have access to Duquesne's resources for scholarly research and public programs and conduct classroom presentations and programs that are hosted on campus and off. Duquesne and the August Wilson House are piloting the fellowship program with two fellows per academic year for three years, with the goal of sustaining the program thereafter.

Duquesne has partnered with the August Wilson House since 2011, with students from its Honors College supporting its programs to honor his art and historic presence.